OFFICE HOLIDAY SCHEDULE: The Society will close on the following days to celebrate Christmas and the New Year:
Tuesday, Dec. 24
Wednesday, Dec. 25
Thursday, Dec. 26
Friday, Dec. 27
Tuesday, Dec. 31
Wednesday, Jan. 1
SOMBRERO: Our website Sombrero page now includes two years of archived magazines. You now have access to twenty issues dating back to December 2012 with future issues added once published.
THMEP UPCOMING CONFERENCE: The 36th Tucson Hospitals Medical Education Program's Winter Conference is scheduled for Rodeo Week, February 20-22 in Telluride, Colorado. The conference features speakers from Tucson on a wide variety of topics for physicians. This is an excellent opportunity to earn CME in a beautiful mountain setting with winter sporting activities galore. The meeting will be held at the Peaks Hotel which features first-class facilities and deluxe accommodations. Early registrants receive exclusive Peaks’ room rates. To register or for more information go to www.tucsonmedicalgroup.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also contact the following organizers:
Robert Berens MD – email@example.com
Richard Dale MD – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alan Rogers MD – email@example.com
ASSOCIATION OF AMERICAN PHYSICIANS AND SURGEONS (AAPS) SAYS ARIZONA MEDICAL BOARD (AMB) PROBLEMS GO BEYOND WHISTLEBLOWERS' ALLEGATIONS: On November 20, the Joint Health and Human Services Committee of the Arizona legislature held a hearing on alleged violations of the law by former AMB Executive Director Lisa Wynn and her deputy Amanda Diehl. The Arizona State Chapter of AAPS issued the following statement to the legislature: http://globenewswire.com/news-release/2013/11/21/591660/10059068/en/Association-of-American-Physicians-and-Surgeons-States-Arizona-Medcal-Board-Problems-Go-Beyond-Whistleblowers-Allegations.html
SAVING KIDS: In a recently published Wall Street Journal article, reporter Amy Dockser Marcus delves extensively into the expansive efforts to find a therapy for Niemann-Pick Type C disease, a rare autosomal recessive inherited condition. For supporters of the Ara Paseghian Medical Research Foundation, this should be of special interest. Here’s the link: http://projects.wsj.com/trials/?mg=inert-wsj#chapter=1
TOUR OF TMC: The PCMS History Committee will tour Tucson Medical Center historical sites on Sunday, December 8. The tour will include tours of the Erickson and Farness Patio buildings. Those interested in participating are asked to rendezvous at TMC’s Patio Building, Fireplace Room at 1 p.m. To RSVP or for more information call 795-9484.
2014 ELECTION: The 2014 Election Ballot has been mailed. All vote-eligible members receive the ballot and are asked to fax (323-9559) or mail it back by December 9. Voting results are verified at the following day’s Board of Director’s meeting.A quick return of the completed ballot will be appreciated.
HISTORY OF THE UA CANCER CENTER: The latest issue of Act Against Cancer has arrived. It covers the early days of the National Cancer Act, the circumstances that led to the formation of the University of Arizona Cancer Center and the unique leadership abilities of Sydney E. Salmon, MD as the UACC became one of the research world’s most influential and respected institutions. Staff conducted around a dozen interviews and poured through hundreds of historical documents and photos to tell the story. For a PDF go to http://azcc.arizona.edu/sites/azcc.arizona.edu/files/AAC_fall_13.pdf
GUN LOCKS FREE FOR THE TAKING: More than 144 physician offices and clinics are participating in a program through the Pima County Attorney’s Office (PCAO) that provides free gun locks to physicians, clinics and hospitals for distribution to patients with adolescent or young children. Since 2000, more than 35,000 locks have been given away. If you are interested in participating in the program, contact PCAO at 740-5611.
SOCIETY TURNS TO ELECTRONIC COMMUNICATIONS: Now that the Society has fully embraced the use of email as its main means of more quickly communicating with members and as a cost-saving measure, please make sure to provide staff with your “active” email address. If you haven’t, send it to Dennis Carey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
MAILED MONTHLY BULLETIN ENDS: The October edition of the mailed Member Bulletin was the last issue you will receive. So, in the future look to this website and Member Bulletin page for important regulatory, CME and health-related information. It will be update routinely, so plan to visit regularly.
STOP DIABETES: The YMCA of Southern Arizona is participating in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation grant that pays for at-risk people over age 65 to attend an evidence-based diabetes prevention program in their community. Adults under 65 can participate as well, but need to pay out-of-pocket or be in a health plan that covers participation.
The program is based on the CDC-led National Diabetes Prevention Program designed to bring coaching programs for preventing type 2 diabetes into local communities nationwide. If you are interested in more information, contact Janet Williams at Janet.email@example.com.
2013 PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS: Any PCMS member may nominate a physician for this annual award. Contact Bill Fearneyhough at the medical society or email him -firstname.lastname@example.org. He can provide you with the nominee criteria. Nominators are not identified, although they may be asked for a more formal nomination letter before the Board of Directors vote.
PCMS / FAVORITE STAFFING SERVICE: If you need staffing, contact Favorite our affiliate medical staffing service. Favorite provides a full range of services including direct hire, contract, temp- to-perm, permanent placement and “just –in-time” per diem. Special rates are given to member physicians. Call Amy Erbe at 319-5766. She is anxious to assist.
WALK-WITH-A-DOC: The Society is teaming with the Arizona Chapter of the American College of Physicians (ACP) to host and provide physician leaders for the monthly Walk-With-A-Doc outings. Walkers sign in at the ramada east of Swan Bridge on the south bank.PCMS physicians are encouraged to urge patients to participate in the program. Each walk begins with a brief discussion on a health topic and includes a one- or two-mile walk on level ground. Please contact Dennis Carey at 795-7985 or email@example.com with questions. There is one more walk scheduled for 2013. It's on December 14. In 2014 walks will be held on January 11, February 8, March 8, April 12, September 13, October 11, November 8 and December 13. They begin at 8 a.m.