May 31, 2019
Vol. 26, No. 11
DC Physicians, Stand Up and Support Vaccines Today!
The power of physicians speaking with a unified voice was on display this week during the 2020 budget debate, and in the near future there will be another prime opportunity to shape the health debate in the District on the heated topic of vaccines .
Of note to our community was a heated debate during the 2020 budget hearing about the public subsidy for United Medical Center and planning for future health facilities in Wards 7 and 8. Prior to the final vote, MSDC released a statement urging the Council to protect our patients in Wards 7 and 8 and ensure they have continuous, appropriate care separated from the politics . The language in our statement was echoed throughout the debate, which eventually led to passage of the 2020 budget with additional funding for UMC in the short term. Read more about the budget, the need for physicians to speak out on vaccines, and other policy issues.
Welcome New Members!
The following physicians recently joined MSDC:

Vanita Rahman, MD
Jasmol Sardana, DO
Flood of Tributes Honor Medical Pioneer Lasalle Leffall Jr., MD
MSDC joins the medical community in mourning the loss of medical pioneer and MSDC member LaSalle Leffall Jr., MD. The passing of the first black leader of the American Cancer Society and the American College of Surgeons (to name a few) was widely covered this weekend ( MSN ) ( Washington Post ) ( Howard University ), but also spurred a flood of personal stories of Dr. Leffall’s legacy. We would like to share a poignant tribute paid by MSDC board member and Howard University alumnus Marc Rankin, MD, about how Dr. Leffall was not just a mentor, scholar, and role model, but an actual hero...
Shape Health Policy in the District - and Get an MSDC Shout-O ut
DC Health has just launched its 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment . For the next 30 days, DC Health and its partners (including MSDC) will be encouraging residents of the District to go online, complete the survey, and help shape how the District thinks about the major health issues in our city. This is a major initiative for the health community, and it is important that your patients and you (if you are a District resident) participate. Read more .
AMA Criticizes DOJ's Motion to Alter Terms of CVS-Aetna Merger Hearing
The American Medical Association has fought health insurance consolidation for years . Recently, it was blind-sided by a recent move by the Department of Justice that would impact a court case addressing the scope of the proposed merger. As reported in Healthcare Finance News , “After the close of business on the Friday before a holiday weekend, without any warning to the American Medical Association, the DOJ moved to completely change the nature of a hearing that is just four business days away." The AMA will nonetheless continue to advocate for a competitive market for patients and providers.
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2018-2019 Board of Directors
Susanne Bathgate, MD
Chair of the Board, At-large

Raymond Tu, MD, MS
President, AMA Alternate Delegate

J. Desiree Pineda, MD
President-elect, AMA Alternate Delegate

Barry L. Lewis, MD, MBA
Immediate Past President

Joseph E. Gutierrez, MD
Treasurer, AMA Delegation Chair

Peter E. Lavine, MD
AMA Delegate

Julian Craig, MD

Laurie Duncan, MBBS, MS

E.W. Emanuel, MD

Alice Fuisz, MD
At-large, Secretary

Kirstiaan Nevin, MD

Daniel Perlin, MD

Marc Rankin, MD

Carla C. Sandy, MD

Robert Hay Jr., CAE
Executive Vice President
MSDC Community
Dinner With Doctors and Youth Outreach
June 6, 2019
The MSDC Bright Young Doctors group is coordinating a dinner event to meet and encourage DC STEM students on Thursday, June 6, 2019, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM. The event will take place at the Office of the State Superintendent of Education, 1050 First Street NE, Washington, DC 20002.

" Dinner with Doctors " night will be a one-time event at which doctors meet and eat with healthcare-oriented students from Coolidge High School to discuss the profession of medicine. You may also assist in student recognition events. There is no cost to attend. Please contact  Pia Duryea  for details or to sign up.
MSDC Board Meeting
MSDC will hold its next board meeting on June 24, 2019 at 6:30 PM at MSDC headquarters. Members in good standing may request an invitation from  Robert Hay Jr.   
MSDC Will Honor Inspirational Leaders at 2019 Annual Meeting
MSDC is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 Special Awards :
Daniel Marchalik, MD, MA : Certificate of Meritorious Service
Collette M. Magnant, MD, FACS : Dr. Charles H. Epps, III Community Service Award
Roselyn E. Epps, MD : Distinguished Service Award
Jose Parungao, MD, and United Medical Center Food and Nutrition Services : John Benjamin Nichols Award

The awards will be presented at MSDC's 2019 Annual Meeting on Friday, October 25, 2019, from 6:00 to 9:30 PM. The meeting will take place at the AAMC Learning Center, located at 655 K Street NW. The event will also feature ample time to catch up with physician colleagues from across metropolitan Washington DC. Registration will open over the Summer.

MSDC appreciates generous support of Diamond Sponsors, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicin e and ProAssurance . For information on how to participate, contact Pia Duryea .
MSDC Member in the News
MSDC member Dr. Shlomit Halachmi of DC Derm Docs was recently featured on NBC providing tips about sun safety. She noted that it is important to go beyond the SPF number and review the ingredients in sunscreen, citing research that zinc and titanium are better for the skin and the environment.
Thank You To Our Corporate Supporters
MSDC 1817 Society
Public Health
Yet Another New 25-Year High: 971 Measles Cases Reported
Today is World No Tobacco Day: Choose Health, Not Tobacco
This year's WNTD focus is on tobacco and lung health to increase awareness about the negative impact that tobacco has on people’s lung health and the vital role lungs play for the health and well-being of all people.
The campaign also serves as a call to action, advocating for effective policies to reduce tobacco consumption and engaging stakeholders across multiple sectors in the fight for tobacco control.
Learn more at the World Health Organization's website: WHO World No Tobacco Day

QuitClips Resources for Doctors
Pfizer is offering a resource to help healthcare professionals help patients quit smoking. Created for and by medical professionals, QuitClips addresses topics such as misconceptions of quitting, the neurobiology of the addiction, recommendations for talking to patients, and more. Visit the site at: https://www.quitclips.com
Influenza Season Winds Down, But Not Done Yet, CDC Says
The current influenza season is in its final stages. However, it is not over just yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) final  FluView . Read more on Medscape .
Paradox: New Diabetes Cases Fall as Obesity Rises
The findings of a recent study found that the number of new adult diabetes diagnoses fell to about 1.3 million in 2017, down from 1.7 million in 2009. This decrease comes even as obesity rates are increasing and, according to researcher Stephen Benoit of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "we don't know for sure what’s driving these trends." The findings were published online in BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care and reported by the AP .
End the Epidemic: Opioid-related Resources & News
Corporate Partners
Practice Management
Steps to Take Before Opening the Doors of Your First Medical Practice
Provided by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty
Deciding to open your own medical practice for the first time is a big step. It’s an investment of time, money, resources and sweat. That’s why it’s vital to have a plan in place before you even take the first step. You also need to put together a great team to support you on the journey.

Opening a practice is a big undertaking and shouldn’t be approached with a blasé attitude. You will need to figure out your financing, find a location, make personnel decisions, make sure you’re adequately insured, figure out what kind of equipment you’ll need and where you’ll get it, etc. There is a lot to factor in before hanging your shingle and opening your doors.

Once you’ve got all of the details locked down, you’ll need to start seeking out the perfect location for your medical practice. That can be a huge undertaking in and of itself. Here are a few things to consider once you’re ready to take that next step .
Physician Burnout
Physician burnout costs approximately $4.6 billion each year, study indicates
TIME reports that U.S. physicians “experience symptoms of burnout at almost twice the rate of other workers, often citing as contributors the long hours, a fear of being sued, and having to deal with growing bureaucracy, like filling out clunky and time-consuming electronic medical records.” Now, TIME writes, “the economic impacts of burnout are also significant, costing the U.S. some $4.6 billion every year, according to a new study published in the journal Annals of Internal Medicine.” 
June 6-8, 2019
Grand Hyatt Washington (1001 H Street NW, Washington, DC)
MedStar Georgetown University Hospital is pleased to announce Abdominal Wall Reconstruction (AWR) Conference taking place on June 6 to 8, 2019. This comprehensive conference will offer evidence-based discussion on all aspects of AWR through lectures and case presentations to address the growing rate of hernia repairs and updates in technology and procedures. We will also cover the high overall complication rate as well as the association of ventral hernia repair as the cause of the second highest postoperative readmission rate. The agenda is constructed to provide an in-depth understanding of the complexity of AWR. 

To register please visit AWRConference.com
2019 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates  
June 8-12, 2019
Hyatt Regency Chicago
The 2019 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates is approaching! Join your peers at the Hyatt Regency Chicago from June 8-12, where the AMA’s policymaking body will address health care issues and elect officers.  Learn more and register now.
June 13-14, 2019
Georgetown University Medical Center (3900 Reservoir Road, Washington DC)
Is rapid tapering of opioids compassionate care? Are opioids still overmarketed? How does race affect perceptions of the opioid epidemic? How are pregnant women and babies affected by current practices regarding opioids? Georgetown University Medical Center's PharmedOut project announces " Opioids: Conflicts and Controversies”, a unique, international, interdisciplinary CME conference that draws rave reviews. Topics include "The Use of Clinical Practice Guidelines to Sell Opioids"."The Racialization of the Opioid Epidemic, "Use and Misuse of Drug Testing, " and may more. Speakers include Carl Elliott MD PhD, Andrew Kolodny MD, Anna Lembke MD, Chris Spevak MD JD MPH, Lynn Paltrow JD, Jules Netherland PhD, Joel Lexchin MD, Ray Dionne DDS PhD, Elissa Ladd Phd RN FNP, Quinn Grundy PhD RN, and more.  Up to 14.25 CME credits provided. More information available here  or call 202-687-1191. Discounted registration for residents and students available
ProAssurance Loss Prevention Seminars
July 25, 2019 (MD)
September 19, 2019 (DC)
Registration opens at 5:30 PM, Seminar runs 6:00 - 8:00 PM
DC: American College of Cardiology (2400 N Street, NW, Washington, DC)
MD: Bethesda Marriott (5151 Pooks Hill Road, Bethesda, MD)
This year, ProAssurance, MSDC's 1817 Society Member and partner for medical professional liability insurance, will offer a sports-themed loss prevention seminars titled, Out-of-Bounds: Previous Claims Under Further Review Participation in this seminar will better enable participants to:
·    Explain the relationship between physician-patient boundaries and professional liability risks
·     Identify a previous encounter where expectations were not met
·     Recognize the need to apply an internal or external boundary in a patient scenario

Whether you are competing for a championship sports title or practicing medicine, there are consequences for crossing the line. In this course, physicians and other healthcare professionals will hear the professional liability considerations associated with personally and professionally stepping out of bounds. The information and examples will help you stay in the game. Register online at proassurance.com/OutofBounds
Medical Musical Group Concert
August 11, 2019
4:00 PM, with preconcert entertainment at 3:00 PM.
Schlesinger Concert Hall (4915 East Campus Drive, Alexandria, VA)
The Medical Musical Group consists of physician performers who will play a tribute to America’s veterans and military personnel and families. This year's benefit for veterans outreach on PTSD, Depression, Suicide, and Drug Abuse. Veterans, Military and their family, students are admitted free. Price for General Public is $20 through July 31. $30 thereafter. Box Tickets: $50. Read more .
Medical Real Estate Listings
Brought to you by MSDC Corporate Partner GZ Medical Realty. Contact Pete Papantoniou for your real estate needs.  
Office Sublet Available
600 square foot sublet available on 19th Street NW between Farragut North and Dupont Circle Metro. Brand new build out with separate suite number, entrance, waiting area. One office and one exam room with large window. One smaller office without windows. Sublet space is connected to an established private internal medicine practice. Price negotiable . Contact Dr. Alice Fuisz if interested. alicefuiszacp@gmail.com .

University Medical Building
2141 K Street NW
Washington, DC 20037
University Medical Building is conveniently located in the heart of DC with easy access to Metro stations. Please contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information
Part Time/Full Time Office Space Available
3 Washington Circle
Washington, DC 20037
Part time/full time office space available immediately at 3 Washington Circle. This includes a large consultation room, fully equipped examination room, lab drawing facility onsite, EKG machine, space for receptionist, space for medical records, shared use of copier, telephone system, wireless internet and waiting room. Ideal for general internist, medical subspecialist or surgeon. If interested, please call Mark Sklar, MD. 202-887-4769 or email mmsklar@gmail.com .
Boutique Townhouse Medical Office for Rent Across From GWU Hospital/ Medical School
900 New Hampshire Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20037
Boutique townhouse medical office for rent across from G.W.U. Hospital & School of Medicine. Very close to Foggy Bottom Metro. Three rooms, one on entry level with powered table/chair & overhead surgical light. Consultation room, reception/waiting room, & possibility of 2 additional rooms. Two-car driveway. Call/text Sheldon K. Gottlieb, MD, 301-509-3319, or email skgottliebmd@comcast.net .
Woodburn Medical Park
3229 Woodburn Road
Merrifield, VA 22003

Woodburn Medical Park is located within walking distance of INOVA hospital directly off Capital Beltway. Common area has recently been upgraded. Contact Peter Papantoniou at 301-961-1941 or see the online listing for more information .
Full Time/ Part Time Office Space Available
Well-designed and attractively decorated office of three general internists has additional consulting room/exam room suite available. Looking for another general internist to share space and overhead in fully staffed and equipped internal medicine office. Shared call coverage is possible. Contact Alan Stone, MD, 202-466-8118 or aws.md@verizon.net
Medical Resources and Announcements
Get Paid to Help High Schoolers Stay Tobacco Free
The DC Tobacco Free Coalition is providing mini grants of up to $750 to support tobacco free youth activities and events in the District. Your event or activity should engage middle school to high school-age youth and provide awareness about the dangers of tobacco and the benefits of a tobacco-free lifestyle. Learn more and apply at www.dctfc.org/apply by June 14, 2019. Events must take place by September 15, 2019.
Summer is a Key Time to Vaccinate!
Provided by MSDC Corporate Partner Atlantic Health Partners
Many toddlers through college age patients have their physician visits during the summer to prepare for the start of a new school year. MSDC Corporate Partner Atlantic Health Partners is a strong resource for our members by offering most favorable vaccine prices, purchasing support and program management assistance.

Key benefits include:
• Most favorable pricing for Sanofi, Merck, Pfizer (Trumenba®), Seqirus and Dynavax vaccines
• Excellent and timely customer service including reimbursement support and advocacy
•  One stop shopping for most vaccines
•  No cost to join

For information about the program please contact Jeff or Cindy at 800-741-2044 or info@atlantichealthpartners.com . To read more, go to Immunization Insights .   
Get Over $66,000 Towards Loan Repayment
DC’s Health Professional Loan Repayment Program (HPLRP) provides loan repayment (up to $66,809.92) to eligible providers practicing in underserved areas of the District for at least two years. Eligible participants include licensed and certified physicians, dentists, dental hygienists, advanced practice nurses, registered nurses, clinical psychologists, clinical social workers, and licensed professional counselors practicing at HPLRP-certified Service Obligation Sites (SOS). A certified SOS must be either a nonprofit or a public entity that provides primary care, mental health and/or dental services to District residents regardless of their ability to pay and is located in a federally-designated Health Professional Shortage or Medically Underserved Area within the District that corresponds to the services the entity provides.  Applicants must be already employed or have a signed employment contract with a certified SOS at the time of application. Read more about the HPLRP or get a list of approved site on DC Health's website .
Contribute to New AMA-RAND Research on Integrating Behavioral Health
The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health system, etc)  that have integrated behavioral health care into the range of services they offer. If you’ve integrated behavioral health care in your practice, whether you’re in the early stages or have a well-established program, the AMA is asking for your participation in this research project. If you’re interested and available to participate, please contact Mark Friedberg, MD, MPP, RAND Senior Physician Policy Researcher, at mfriedbe@rand.org .
Medical Society of the District of Columbia
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Washington, DC 20037