I am pleased to welcome you to the inaugural issue of IRCMS Lifeline, the official newsletter of the Indian River County Medical Society. To be published quarterly, Lifeline will keep you up to date on IRCMS activities and the latest news from the FMA. Other features include membership news, physician profiles, wellness and advocacy information and We Care News.
First and foremost, the IRCMS exists to serve all physicians in the county and as your source for professional development, networking and personal well-being.
If you were not able to attend the September meeting, here’s a rundown. I reviewed some of the many resolutions the FMA voted on at the annual meeting. I highly recommend you check them out on the IRCMS Website (https://www.ircms.org/News-Center.html) or the FMA website (www.flmedical.org). As a member of the FMA, the required controlled substance prescribers CME course is available to you on their website for $25 (member) and $75 (non-member). You also can take the marijuana course and get great tips on having your office prepared for disasters like (eek) hurricanes.
At the last meeting, Karen Davis, interim CEO updated members on the process with Cleveland Clinic and IRMC. Since then, an agreement between IRMC, the Hospital District and Cleveland Clinic was signed on October 3rd. We also had an excellent talk by the IRHD on the recent problem with feral cats and rabies. Bottom line do not feed feral cats! The health department has been conducting spay and neuter and vaccination programs for them… especially ones found at feeding stations.
I highly recommend you not only continue to be a member of the IRCMS for the perks of the insurance programs it offers, but also become a member of the FMA for its many perks. If you want to see a change for the better for yourself and your office get involved! You really will be glad you did!
I hope you enjoy IRCMS Lifeline and that you will share it with your peers and staff.
Laurie Welton, D.O.
Indian River County Medical Society