GSMA President's e-Newsletter - October, 2016

Our theme for my presidency is: " Together: Shaping Our Future!"  Our future isn't far away. It is the next second, the next minute, the next hour, the next day, the next week, the next month, the next year...If we want to "Shape Our Future" for the better, it is imperative that we take action NOW!

As you know, Morehouse School of medicine and Dr. Valerie Montgomery-Rice are working towards establishing a pipeline of students from high school to Morehouse School of Medicine.  If we are going to help fulfill that goal, we must act NOW to stop African American preschoolers from disproportionately being suspended and/or expelled
"Black children are 18% of preschool enrollment, but are 48% of the preschool children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension."  "Black girls are suspended at higher rates (12%) than girls of any other race or ethnicity."  "Black students represent 16% of student enrollment, 27% of students referred to law enforcement, and 31% of students subjected to a school-related arrest." 
All Americans should be concerned about the alarming statistics of this trend.  We as African American physicians have to take a stand and assume a position of leadership in order to unite to save ourselves! One child at a time!

Now let's take a look again at our (physicians) predicament.  As Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump said, "The system is rigged!"  In our case the system is "rigged" against doctors.  Why do I say that?!?  If Laws can be passed so that real estate developers like Donald Trump can legally not pay taxes, then laws can be passed that ensure equality and fair treatment for doctors!  If the lawmakers are not supportive of doctors, then the laws passed will be to our detriment.  How do we rectify this?  Option 1 is to develop a strong Political Action Committee.  Option 2 is to get more doctors elected to Congress Option 3 is the ultimate sacrifice: We must band together and move in lockstep. Option 4 is to continue our current practice of accepting what is given to us.
For deeper insight on the aforementioned paragraph, I encourage you all to read an article that I read from Medscape entitled: " Republican Congressional Doctors Call for MACRA Rule Changes."

Now I want to talk briefly about patient care and self-care as well.  I recall a popular article about the sugar Industry and a subsequent study that was performed in 1965 detailing conclusively the fact that sugar is detrimental to your health.  The Sugar Industry shifted the blame by saying that "fats" were the culprit instead.  Americans were led to believe that low-fat, high carb diets was the way to go.  Evidently they were incorrect as obesity has continued to increase as a result of high carb dieting.  We must be critical of everything that is published, and ask ourselves, "Is it true?" The FDA is revising the guidelines for a healthful diet.  Now is an opportunity for GSMA members to give their input.

Last but not least, DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!

Emanuel Wilkes, MD
GSMA President, 2016-2018
124th GSMA Annual Convention & Scientific Assembly

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Local Physician Receives Honorary Degree f rom the American Academy of Family Physicians

ORLANDO, FL -- On September 23rd, Linda Inez Walden, MD, FAAFP, a family physician in Cairo, GA, has achieved the Degree of Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), the national medical association representing nearly 124,900 family physicians, residents and medical students. READ MORE

MAG House of Delegates

Lisa C. Perry Gilkes, MD, FACS was nominated as 2nd Vice President at the Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) House of Delegates over the weekend. More information to come!

Improving Women's Health

On September 26, Keisha R. Callins, MD, MPH, had the honor to serve as a co-presenter for one of the "Improving women's health" breakout sessions at the 2016 Healthy Start Convention in Washington, DC. The topic was The Community Medicine Perspective: Engaging In Care and Serving Hard-To-Reach WomenREAD MORE

GASCO and Georgia CORE

On October 11th, Executive Director, Kimberly Williams, PhD presented at the Georgia Society of Clinical Oncology's (GASCO) annual policy meeting "Living With Metastatic Breast Cancer". The discussion, co-hosted by Georgia CORE (Center for Oncology Research & Education) included Communication, Healthcare Access & Equities and Public Policy.
Upcoming Events, Activities and Training 
Thursday, October 20
Identification of Late Life Depression in Primary Care, 
12:30-1PM, Alliant Quality Behavioral Health Learning and Action Network (LAN) Register Now

Sunday, October 23
GSMA Quarterly Business/Board Meeting, 10AM - 1:30PM
You are invited to make a difference in YOUR organization. Join the leadership team to hear updates on upcoming initiatives and contribute to shaping the future. RSVP Now for More Information!

Friday, November 4
Advancing Health Equity: Your Genes & Cancer, 1:30PM (reception to follow)
Morehouse School of Medicine  More Information

News Across the State.............In Case you missed it!

CMS Finalizes the New Medicare Quality Payment Program.  HHS finalizes streamlined Medicare payment system that rewards clinicians for quality patient care. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) finalized a landmark new payment system for Medicare clinicians that will continue the Administration's  progress in reforming how the health care system pays for care. The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) Quality Payment Program, which replaces the flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR), will equip clinicians with the tools and flexibility to provide high-quality, patient-centered care.

Many Georgia doctors burned out, survey finds.  (Georgia Health News)
Georgia's physicians are slightly more pessimistic about the future of medicine than their counterparts nationally, a recent survey found.  Two of three Georgia doctors - 66.8 percent - said they were somewhat negative/pessimistic or very negative/pessimistic about medicine's future, versus 62.8 percent of doctors  nationally, according to a survey of more than 17,000 physicians around the nation.READ MORE

Increase in youth HIV prompts app strategy. (Georgia Health News)
While the number of new HIV diagnoses overall in the United States is going down, cases among young people are rising.  New diagnoses of HIV among the youth population increased by nearly 11 percent between 2008 and 2014, as the number of new diagnoses among all Americans was decreasing at the same rate. READ MORE

Atlanta has biggest gap in breast cancer deaths. (Georgia Health News)
The disparity between breast cancer death rates for black and white women in Atlanta is greater than in any other major U.S. city, a new study has found. Among black women in Atlanta, 44 per 100,000 died of breast cancer in the period 2010 to 2014. Meanwhile, 20 white women per 100,000 died of breast cancer in Atlanta. READ MORE

A large sum for Medicaid in Georgia and some difficult Choices. (Georgia Health News)
It's the $110 million question. How should the Georgia Medicaid program spend the $110 million penalty to be paid by Tenet Healthcare as part of a fraud case settlement? The net amount is the biggest Medicaid fraud recovery in Georgia history......READ MORE

GSMA Local Societies and Affiliate News
Atlanta Medical Association (AMA)
Heritage Fund Scholarship and Inaugural President's Ball
Saturday, January 28, 2017
Freda McCarter, MD, President - Atlanta

Griffin Jordan Medical Society of SW Georgia
Devell Young, MD, President - Albany

Middle Georgia Medical Society (MGMS)
On October 14th, SNMA-MAPs along with MGMS physician members hosted a Fall Mixer in support of High school students. The mixer will consisted of premedical students, medical students and physicians who shared lessons learned through experiences and encouraged high school students to pursue careers in the medical field. High school students were exposed to and connected with individuals from all stages of the medical journey.
Julian Earls, MD, President - Macon

Stoney Medical Society
Willie J. Hillson, MD, President - Augusta

South Atlanta Medical Association (SAMA)
Alfred Gorman MD, President - Savannah

Columbus Ft. Benning Medical Society
Joy Adegbile, MD, MPH, FAAFP, President - Columbus
Physician Job Opportunities
Morehouse School of Medicine

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