The Thanksgiving holiday launches the beginning of the “spirit of giving” season. It is at this time of year when we are frequently reminded of the importance of community and supporting each other. This monthly communication with our membership is intended to keep you informed on the work of ArMA leadership and to foster a sense of community among our membership.
At ArMA, we are entering a new phase of leadership, and a new perspective on the ArMA member community. This week saw the arrival of ArMA’s new executive vice president, Libby McDannell, CAE. As Libby assesses our standing and works with ArMA physician leadership to update the strategic plan, she is committed to fostering a sense of community and engagement with our membership.
To that end, we have implemented online community forums, based around physicians’ practice structure (small, large, employed, academic) and stages in their career (medical student, residents/fellows/early career, retired). These forums are intended to create space for physicians at all stages of their career to share ideas, discuss issues of concern – and to connect. Our use of these forums will inform how ArMA evolves the online community platform and opportunities for in-person engagement. Sign in today and click on http://www.azmed.org/forums/Default.aspx to locate the practice forum community of interest to you!
As our advocacy team gears up for the new Arizona legislative session, it is a reminder to take stock of how physicians can influence and educate our political system. Hand in hand with our advocacy is the function of ArMPAC, the only political action committee working for all physicians in Arizona. ArMPAC is the vehicle for moving the needle on electing medicine-friendly politicians. Contribute today and make a difference in the 2018 election cycle!
Doctor of the Day
This unique program allows a physician to serve at the Capitol each day during legislative session. The “on-call” capacity of the Doctor of the Day enhances both our visibility and our medical training. All our past participants of this program at the Capitol urge your future participation. Join Ingrid Garvey, AVP of Policy & Political Affairs, for a day filled with civics insights and opportunities to talk with your legislators. Download and submit the sign up form today.
Mark Your Calendar
The ArMA community has two upcoming events to keep in mind. The annual Legislative Reception, with its unique setting allowing physicians and legislators to meet in a relaxed environment, will be held Monday, January 22. Our 4th Annual Physician Leadership Conference will be held Saturday, March 24. This year’s focus is on physician wellness, a topic that should be near and dear to us all. Mark your calendars, save the date – give yourself the time to join your physician community in person and the opportunity to connect with each other.