As we welcome the start of a new year, I would like to extend many thanks to Dr. Brain Macha, our immediate past president for his leadership throughout 2022. I am looking forward to continuing the mission of providing physician wellness support as well as the discounted medical pricing offers currently available to all TCMS members through our new GPO program. Additionally, the opening of the 2023 Oklahoma State legislative session is on the horizon, and I am certain that there will be items presented that will be of special interest to our local and state medical societies.
Each year our Legislature begins its appointed task to present, promote, and pass bills reportedly designed to improve the lives of all Oklahomans. While we may not support all proposed legislation, we do recognize our obligation to support the ensuing democratic process. Having an influential advocacy team through the Oklahoma State Medical Association assures us that initiatives involving public health matters, physician autonomy, and healthcare financial considerations are promoted based on science and other factors determined to be in our best interests. None of this would be possible without your support through your membership. We are thankful for those who advocate tirelessly for us and for their efforts to sustain evidence-based medical ideologies in this state.
Your participation in this process does not end at merely submitting your membership dues. You are strongly encouraged to become an active participant. One of the easiest ways to become involved is by signing up for the Doctor of the Day program. This year, TCMS is once again responsible for the month of April. Please check your calendars and select the date that you would like to travel to Oklahoma City to meet state legislators and attend minor medical issues (think aspirin and Band-Aids) that may occur. I have been several years and always look forward to visiting with my elected representatives and demonstrating my support for TCMS, OSMA, and the sound principles of public health.
I look forward to having an opportunity to meet, greet, and interact with each of you during one of our annual or other special events. This year, in addition to returning to the Drillers Stadium in May, we are also working a new event, “Whiskey and Wine”. Stay tuned for more details.
Finally, I would like to extend my heartfelt wishes for a happy and prosperous New Year!!
Sharon C. Smallwood, M.D.
Tulsa County Medical Society