Challenging Our New Physicians

Yesterday, Dr. Tony Caprio and I spoke to fourth year medical students at the UNC School of Medicine.  They were attending a “Capstone” course, which includes some final words of wisdom before they graduate after four years (or more) of hard work and venture into their training programs.  There was some very positive energy in the room—they were too excited to be nervous yet! Speaking to them the morning after the Senate passed a 30-day SGR Stopgap on Medicare cuts, I asked them to imagine that they had awakened that morning and had their pay cut by 21%.  Now, on top of that, their bills and overhead expenses were increasing, but their patient care was devalued by 21% overnight.  I explained the role that NCMS is playing in advocating for a permanent fix to the SGR, along with our many other advocacy efforts.

I’d like to thank Dr. Caprio for encouraging them to join and support their professional organizations.  Dr. Caprio related his own sense of intellectual and social fulfillment gained through his involvement in his state and county medical societies. He educated them about the many services available to members and described the NCMS as a “One Stop Shop” for medical practice needs.  Thanks, Dr. Caprio!

Capstone Director Dr. Ana Felix, Dr. Caprio and I challenged these almost-new doctors to claim their rightful control of the medical profession.  With Match Day less than two weeks away, new graduates are entering medicine during one of the most challenging times in history.  I hope these new physicians will fulfill the need for physician leadership and activism in the delivery of healthcare.  Good luck to the Classes of 2010 at UNC, Duke, WFU and Brody.  It is your time to shine as you begin your honorable careers. 

Shawn Scott, Assoc. Deputy EVP/Director, Member Services


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