The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Medical Association, “Better Together” Transforming the Landscape of Care,” emphasized the importance of physicians working together, even while apart.
The virtual meeting, held throughout the month of August, gave members the opportunity to participate in events from the comfort and safety of their home communities, while continuing to care for patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 250 physicians participated in education sessions, elections, and the Association’s first virtual House of Delegates meeting, which determines KMA policy.
Throughout the month, attendees heard from a dynamic array of speakers through virtual education sessions, including:
Mark Burns, M.D., Infectious Disease Specialist, Assistant Professor, UofL Health, who discussed Kentucky’s current COVID-19 status and vaccine acceptance rate. This session was moderated by KMA Budget Committee Chair and former Kentucky Department for Public Health Infectious Disease Branch Manager David Bensema, M.D., MBA, FACP.
Mickey Trockel, M.D., PhD, Stanford WellMD Program, who discussed Stanford’s approach to physician well-being, including development of foundational programs, culture transformation, rapid iterative experimentation, and sustainability. This included identification of drivers of burnout or professional fulfillment and how to develop, evaluate, and apply innovative interventions to improve them.