[MMA News Now, Sept. 26, 2013]
In her inaugural address at the Annual Meeting on Sept. 20, MMA President Cindy Firkins Smith, M.D., called upon her fellow members to help recruit other physicians to the association.
“We need all Minnesota medical students, residents, fellows, the young physicians, those in the prime of their careers, those nearing the end and those who have retired,” Smith said. “We must find a way to harness their ideas, their innovation, their voices, their energy, their passion, their resources, their strength and their numbers. Because the more of us working together, the more we can affect change so that when change happens it happens for the good of our patients and not to their detriment.”
Following are a few excerpts from her speech:
• “As an organization and as a profession we are facing some of the most significant changes that we’ve ever experienced - in how we deliver medicine and how we are paid to deliver that care. The winds of change are not just blowing in medicine, they are howling.”
• “So, change is coming. And it’s scary. So what? If anyone can handle the changes in medicine that will be inflicted by the Affordable Care Act and its offshoots it is us. My friends, we are the masters of change.”
• “Consider what you learned in medical school and how medicine has changed and continues to change. We have new diseases and new vaccines. We have witnessed the birth of HIV and its evolution from a death sentence to a chronic disease. We have seen kidneys, livers, hearts and now faces transplanted. We have applied the science of electricity and light and robotics to medicine. We are watching the human genome be mapped and are just starting to understand the significance of that knowledge.”
• “So what do I hope to accomplish as MMA president? Quite simply I want to engage every Minnesota physician, resident, fellow and medical student. I want to harvest their ideas, their innovation, their energy and their passion. So that we can live our MMA mission to advocate, inform, educate and lead Minnesota medicine and achieve our goals to make the MMA indispensable, make medicine in Minnesota the best and to keep our patients our priority.”