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The Duval County Medical Society Alliance is a volunteer and support organization for spouses (or those who have been spouses) of physicians.
The Mission of the Duval County Medical Society Alliance is to work in partnership with our local, state and national medical associations to promote health education, to promote cooperation between medical families, to increase awareness of legislative issues affecting medicine, and to support health-related charitable endeavors.
DCMS Alliance Chairs:
Membership: Joan Harmon & Marilyn Mass
Communication: Diana Quinlan
Programs: Jean Henderson
Secretary: Shar Donovan
Treasurer: Dena G. Pulley
Bylaws: Rolly Berry & Dotti Cahill
History of the DCMS Alliance:
The Duval County Medical Society Auxiliary (later renamed Alliance and DCMSA) was founded in March 1929 when a group of 42 physician spouses met at St. Vincent’s Hospital. Their objective then, as it is today, is to support medical families through education, advocacy, and community service. The first Auxiliary president was Mrs. H. Herman Harris. DCMSA history is rich with women of a “can-do” attitude who supported their husbands and this community by nurturing medical families as well as the population of Duval County.
Throughout the years, members of the DCMSA worked in their husbands’ offices, campaigned to raise awareness for the American Cancer Society, polio vaccination, the local Red Cross, and vital legislative issues. They volunteered at the old Brewster hospital and Hope Haven (the predecessor to Nemours), encouraged the acceptance of African-American physicians into the DCMS, and raised funds for scholarships to help train nurses. In the 1970’s and 1980’s, the DCMSA was involved in establishing a hands on health education exhibit (known as the Body Electric series), at the Museum of Science and History which promoted health, wellness, and personal responsibility.
As part of the AMA Alliance national SAVE project (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere), local activities have supported antiviolence education. Currently our Alliance is focused on the tragedy of human trafficking and are just beginning work with the local Rethreaded group and others to identify how we can bring awareness to this issue within the medical community. The Alliance has also supported We Care Jacksonville since its inception.