Cultivating effective physician leadership across the Granite State

May 11, 2021

This past Monday, the Spring meeting of the Council of New England State Medical Societies was held virtually via Zoom. The meeting is held as a platform to share successes and challenges and to support one another as stakeholders in the public health of our region.

Each Medical Society President prepared a report for the delegation and there were several themes that were shared in response to the events of the last six to twelve months. Advocacy around the future of telehealth, COVID-19 vaccine educational initiatives and social determinants of health were priorities amongst  most of our fellow societies.

However, the theme that was most striking amongst the reports was the importance placed on the need for physician leadership and the efforts being made to provide physicians with the opportunity to more readily gain access to these positions. 

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Third New Hampshire Mass Vaccination Event

April 14, 2021

Last weekend marked the third mass vaccination event held at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH. It was the first that I had the privilege of playing a small role in and I was extremely impressed with the organization from start to finish. I’d like to share some of my experience here.

Two days ahead of the event there was a webinar held for those who would be working at the site. The logistics of parking, checking in, reporting to specific areas and expectations regarding weather conditions and dress code were clearly explained. The webinars were recorded and made available for reference leading up to the vaccination days.

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Three medical transformations during the pandemic

March 24, 2021

It has now been just over one year since the arrival of COVID-19 changed the way that medical care is delivered.  Reflecting back at the time of crossing this milestone, I remain impressed not only by the response, but at the speed of the response. 

Compared to many other industries, the pace of change within medicine can appear slow.  There are certainly exceptions to this, but it is obvious that over the past year the pace of change has been significantly accelerated. 

Within my own field of anesthesiology, there are three transformations that immediately come to mind when thinking about practice-change over the last twelve months.

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The Opportunity to Join in Making a Difference

March 3, 2021

Over the course of the past year, the Medical Society has extended the distribution of the weekly NHMS Pulse publication to both members and non-members, as well as the weekend NH COVID-19 Update.  We felt this important as it carried current communications related to the COVID-19 response, tailored for the New Hampshire medical community, in a time of rapidly evolving state and federal policies and guidelines.

Over the next few weeks, these publications will revert back to being sent to NHMS members only.  And as we make that transition, it is my hope that our colleagues who are not yet members of the Medical Society may have had the opportunity to see that the work being done by our Society is of value and importance in making a difference for the physician community and bettering the health of Granite Staters.

Once you've registered your account in NHMS's new association management system, you'll see a button to either join or renew your membership in your account profile. All NH licensed physicians have an account that can be registered using the email address NHMS has on file for you, via the Sign In link at www.nhms.org. Don't hesitate to call the office at 603-224-1909 if you have any trouble.

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Why I chose to be vaccinated against COVID-19

January 12, 2021

When the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine arrived in New Hampshire on December 14th and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services released the NH Coronavirus Disease 2019 Vaccination Plan, healthcare workers were identified as being among the first to be offered the vaccine.  The decision to be vaccinated has remained a personal one.  Despite a ruling from the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission stating that employers could require vaccinations for employees under the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), most healthcare institutions have been reluctant to do so.  Instead, healthcare workers have been encouraged to be vaccinated in a staged approach.

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Overshadowed by COVID-19

December 2, 2020

I am both excited and humbled to step into the role of the 189th President of the New Hampshire Medical Society and would like to extend a thank you to the NHMS staff and membership for what was an enthusiastically warm welcome to this position at the NHMS Annual Conference earlier this month.

As I was preparing to make my first post to the NHMS President’s blog, I looked back at the list of topics that I created in the months leading up to assuming this role.  All are topics for which I am excited to engage. None, however, seemed appropriate to address in the current climate, as they are all overshadowed by the magnitude of the COVID-19 pandemic and the challenges that lie ahead for us personally and collectively, as the physicians caring for our family, friends, colleagues and neighbors across New Hampshire.

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Thank You

November 11, 2020

As I enter my final week as the President of the Medical Society, and sit down to write this final blog post, I can’t help but reflect on what I thought the past twelve months would look like, and contrast that with what actually happened. I think we can all agree that ‘unprecedented’ might be one of the most overused words of 2020, but truly the events of this past year have been without precedent. Sometimes you can control the narrative, but sometimes you cannot. This was definitely a year where events shaped many of the activities of the Medical Society, the considerations of our Governing Council, and certainly my agenda for my presidential year. And so there is certainly some disappointment for me personally that some of the things I was hoping to accomplish this year got sidetracked, and some of the really cool and fun things you get to do during your presidency year were cancelled due to the pandemic.

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The NHMS Health Equity Advisory Council

October 28, 2020

In June, I wrote a blog post entitled Racism is a Public Health Crisis, where I discussed some of the initial data coming out on the disproportionate impact of the COVID pandemic borne by communities of color in NH and across the country, set against the backdrop of longstanding disparities in health due to systemic and institutional racism.

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The Extent of Physician Burnout/Moral Injury

October 14, 2020

Most physicians are at least generally aware of the growing problem of physician burnout, also referred to as moral injury. The literature has been filled with articles on physician burnout/moral injury, and many of us have personally known colleagues who are suffering from burnout, or possibly even experienced burnout ourselves. 

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The US Federal Response to COVID-19 – A Case Study in Underachievement

September 23, 2020

The title of a recent JAMA editorial caught my eye the other day - Suboptimal US Response to COVID-19 Despite Robust Capabilities and Resources. Just as I’ve heard from many of our Medical Society’s members, I’ve been frustrated by our country’s seeming inability to mount a consistent, coordinated federal response to this crisis, so I read on.

The article discusses that while the US ranks number one in the world on the Global Health Security (GHS) Index, a framework for benchmarking health security in 195 countries, our response to the COVID-19 pandemic has not been commensurate with that ranking. 

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