September 5, 2019
CCMS Mission:
Serve the needs of our physician members so they can better serve the needs of the community
In this Issue
News Briefs, Member Notices, Events, Member Spotlights, Women in Medicine Month
News Briefs
Judge sides with doctors in cancer contracts dispute: “U.S. District Judge Mark Walker denied a bid by 21st Century Oncology to block a newly enacted law that voided no-compete clauses placed in contracts of doctors who worked for the center.” - Florida Politics

Florida kids are getting sent to psychiatric units under the Baker Act in record numbers: “Such mental health checks have been outpacing child population growth statewide — and in regions like Southwest Florida, by leaps and bounds — for nearly a generation." - News-Press

FDA plans to modernize tech regulations, push interoperability: “In an effort to speed the development of new technologies and therapies, the FDA will encourage interoperability and provide regulatory relief to tech companies." - Modern Healthcare

ABIM to develop continuous option for board recertification: “The ABIM announced plans to evolve its maintenance-of-certification program to allow for what it called a 'longitudinal assessment option' for physicians to acquire knowledge as they are being assessed." - Modern Healthcare

When private equity calls: 3 keys for physicians to know: “Venture capital and private equity firms are increasingly investing in physician practices. Find out more from the AMA about how to evaluate such offers." - AMA
Member Notices
New Florida law on signage: requires the posting of a human trafficking awareness sign with specified language in a healthcare professional’s place of work. The sign must be at least 11”x15” in both English and Spanish. The FMA has created a printable sign that meets the statutory requirements that can be accessed here in English, and here in Spanish.
Women's Health Forum Call for Speakers: Plans are underway for the 12th Annual CCMS Women's Health Forum, Saturday, February 22, 2020, 8:30 am to 1:00 pm at Naples United Church of Christ. This popular event is an educational forum for the public as a service to our community. Members who are interested in participating as a speaker, please complete the interest form and return to CCMS by Wednesday, September 30th.

Interested in being a sponsor or exhibitor? Please see our exhibitor form. CCMS members who are solo practitioners receive special rates, email us for details. For more information, call the CCMS office at (239) 435-7727.

Collier County Medical Society Alliance - Enroll or Renew Membership
CCMS invites physicians and their spouses to join the Collier County Medical Society Alliance if they have not already done so. Your membership contributes to their mission to serve the community via outreach programs, award college scholarships, cultivate an atmosphere of friendship in the medical community, and so much more. CCMSA's President's Letter.
Physician Wellness podcast of the week : "How to help a friend or colleague dealing with burnout." Listen now at Apple Podcasts, Google Play or Spotify.
Confidential, cost-free counseling sessions with the CCMS Physician Wellness Program are open to all CCMS physician members. Learn more at
Upcoming Events
Friday, September 6, 5:30PM, Cavo Lounge @ Mercato
Free for CCMS physician members, prospective members, and one guest each. 
Wednesday, September 18, 7:45AM, Porter Wright Law Office
Designed specifically for office managers/administrators at CCMS physician offices; CCMS physician members are also welcome. Free for one person per office. 
Thursday, September 19, 6:30PM, Seasons 52
Free for CCMS women physician members & prospective women physician members.
Saturday, September 28, 8:00AM, Bonita Bay Club Naples
Open to the public. $185/golfer or $680/foursome; $25 per raffle ticket ($100 for five). Raffle entrants need not be present to win.
Friday, October 18, 6:00PM, home of Dr. Nena Korunda
Free for CCMS physician members, prospective CCMS members, PLAN physician volunteers, & one guest each.
Thursday, November 7, 5:30PM, Club Pelican Bay
Free for CCMS physician members & prospective members, as well as their physician assistants and nurse practitioners (sorry, non-medical guests are not permitted). 

More events at

Partner Event:

New required one-hour CME on human trafficking, FMA online course catalog. Free for FMA members and $25 for nonmembers (physicians must complete by January 1, 2021; this is a one-time requirement). Click here to take the online course.

Bob Rommel for State Representative fundraising event, Oct. 3, 5:30pm, 625 9th St. N. Suite 201, Naples. Co-hosted by Dr. Stephen Schwartz and Dr. James Talano. RSVP | More Information
CCMS Member Spotlights
Email your news to CCMS to be included in the next issue
Dr. Elizabeth Arguelles invites you to Help Create the Largest Human Pink Ribbon in the U.S .
Saturday, October 5, 9:00AM at Miromar Outlets.
Registration is $10 if you bring your umbrella from a previous year . Register .

Dr. Philip Regala authored the article "Behind the Scenes: A Hope for Haiti Medical Trip" which was featured on the Hope for Haiti website.
Women in Medicine Month: Fun Fact Historical Timeline
Submitted by Dr. Susan Liberski
Editor's Note: In honor of Women in Medicine Month, we invite you to peer back into history with this fun fact timeline showcasing some of the monumental achievements of women physicians throughout history. Also, be sure to look out for the Sep/Oct issue of the CCMS magazine, The Forum, for more on the history of women in medicine.

“Prejudice is more violent, the blinder it is. …
A work of the ages cannot be hindered by individual feeling. A hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now.” Elizabeth Blackwell, MD - 1850

Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell - in 1849, graduated as the first woman physician in U.S.
Dr. Ann Preston - in 1866, became the first female Dean of a U.S.-based medical school. Under her watch, the school trained not only Caucasian women but also African Americans and Native Americans. Of note, the Civil War ended in 1865 and Natives Americans were not considered citizens of the U.S. until 1924.
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumplet - in 1864, became the first black woman to graduate from medical school. She devoted most of her career in Virginia during the reconstruction, caring for freed slaves.
Dr. Mary Edwards Walker - graduated in 1865, and was the first female surgeon in the U.S. and the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army. She was captured and imprisoned while working in the Civil War. She was the first woman to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor for her service.
Dr. Susan La Flesche Picotte - in 1889, was the first Native American woman to receive an MD.
Dr. Gerty Cori - in 1947, was the first U.S. woman to receive a Nobel Prize in Medicine.
Dr. Virginia Apgar - in 1953, created the Apgar score. She became the first female full professor at Columbia University, College of Medicine.
Dr. Susan Liberski - in 1985, graduated from the Medical College of PA (Formerly Women’s Medical College of PA), last all-female medical school that went Co-Ed in the 1960s, before Title IX. First female GI Fellow at Penn State University in 1988 and first female board-certified gastroenterologist practicing in Naples, FL in 1994.
Dr. Antonia Novello - in 1990, became the first woman and first person of Hispanic heritage to become U.S. Surgeon General.
Dr. Nancy Dickey - in 1998, became the first female AMA president.
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