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|Welcome Letter from your 2018 DCMS President, Dr. Ruple Galani|
Dear Future Duval County Medical Society Member:
Thank you very much for your interest in the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS). Founded in 1853, the DCMS has a long and storied tradition of helping physicians and patients locally and throughout the state of Florida. With over 1800 members strong, the DCMS serves as the leading and guiding force in healthcare for Northeast Florida.
First and foremost, the DCMS is here to serve all physicians. No matter if you are in private practice, work for a hospital system, a small group, or a large group, the DCMS is your source for practice and professional development. We strive to meet the demands and challenges of medical practice. From holding CME and informational sessions on MIPS, MACRA, etc., to lobbying our state and national legislators, the DCMS is always working for physicians. Published quarterly, the DCMS peer-reviewed medical journal, Northeast Florida Medicine, is written and edited by DCMS members and serves to promote lifelong learning while providing physicians with the state mandated CME credits required for licensure. The DCMS also has developed the DCMS Leadership Academy to help our members become future leaders in our ever-changing medical environment.
Beyond the practice of medicine, the DCMS is committed to the mental welfare of our physicians. The Physician Wellness Line has been created as an anonymous and confidential way for members to get professional psychological advice to prevent physician burnout, improve work–life balance, and curb any possible risk for substance abuse or suicide.
The DCMS is also active in improving the health and welfare of our community through a variety of initiatives. In 1993, the DCMS founded We Care. This physician volunteer organization provides millions of dollars of donated care to the uninsured and underinsured in Jacksonville. In conjunction with the DCMS Foundation and the Jacksonville Mayor’s Office, the Medical Society has also launched 904 Mission One Million to help citizens lose one million pounds over the next several years. The annual Future of Health Care Conference, created by the DCMS and DCMS Foundation, brings together multiple community, county, and governmental organizations to help address the specific healthcare needs of Duval County. DCMS physicians are also regular contributors to the “Doctors On Call” column in The Florida Times-Union paper. When it comes to any healthcare topic, DCMS physicians are well recognized as community experts that all medial outlets use for accurate and credible information. We volunteer our time at free clinics, doing sports physicals, and educating the community on improving their health and well being.
I look forward to welcoming you as a new Duval County Medical Society Physician. The opportunities you have for your practice, medical knowledge, leadership skills, camaraderie, and mental well-being are just a small part of what DCMS can offer to you. You become part and fabric of an outstanding medical community dedicated to the true health and welfare of our city and county. If you have any questions please feel to reach out to me personally at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ruple J Galani, MD, FACC