July 14, 2020
Sponsored by Advanced Data Systems
Dear Colleagues,

The AAO announced yesterday that the conference in November is going to be completely virtual. Go here to see the full statement.

We want to thank everyone who participated in MSEPS Presents: The Ophthalmology 20/20 CME Webinar Series. We are planning more opportunities for you to earn CME so keep checking to learn about the upcoming programs we have planned.

We hope that you have been getting useful information from our webinar series. If you have registered for a webinar, but were not able to attend live, contact Sophie Pumphrey and she can send you the recording and a web-based evaluation form. CME credit will be awarded upon evaluation completion.

Please consider joining MSEPS and donating to our PAC to help support our organization.

Members of MSEPS enjoy:
  • A voice in Annapolis advocating for the needs of patients and ophthalmologists.
  • Annual CME programming at our conference.
  • Complimentary registration for our conference and our business dinner meeting.
  • Discounted rate to attend the physician level Code Quest program at our conference.
  • Meeting and fostering relationships with fellow ophthalmologists.
  • Being affiliated with our highly regarded society.
  • Access to information about the latest pharmaceuticals and technologies from sponsors of our meetings.

Whether you are a resident, fellow, a first-year practicing ophthalmologist, or a full-time ophthalmologist, we have a place for your within MSEPS.

MSEPS wants to thank Advanced Data Systems for their support of our newsletters. Please check out their sponsored content and links to show them our thanks.

Please check the AAO and MedChi websites for the most current COVID-19 information. For archived versions of these updates visit the MSEPS website.

Stay healthy,
Renee Bovelle, MD
MSEPS President
Promote Yourself With MSEPS Social Media

@MSEPSMD is on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and we would love to showcase what ophthalmologists in Maryland are doing. Do you have an announcement? Want to promote a paper you have authored? Have a great picture of you caring for your patients? Send it to us and we will help boost the good work you are doing. Email your submissions to spumphrey@medchi.org Also, be sure to follow us on all our platforms and join our facebook group.
Calling All Residents and Fellows!

Did you know that membership to MSEPS for residents and fellows is complimentary? MSEPS wants to invite all residents and fellows from Maryland and DC programs to join MSEPS.

How do residents and fellows benefit for being MSEPS members?
  • Complimentary registration to our annual conference.
  • Access to resident focused programming and our scientific programming at our annual conference.
  • Poster contest with cash prizes at our annual conference.
  • Access to events with our Young Ophthalmologists geared toward new physicians.
  • Participation in eye screening day in Annapolis. Learn about how MSEPS advocates in Maryland and provide eye screenings to lawmakers and their staff.
  • Opportunities for leadership roles on our board and with conference planning.

Take advantage of complimentary membership! Join today!
July 10, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Happy Friday. Here's what we want you to know today:



  • The Physicians Foundation sent a survey to over 700,000 physicians to learn how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the practice plans and perspectives of our fellow doctors. Results of the survey will be shared with policy makers, legislators, the public, the media, and you, to ensure the physicians’ voice is heard. Click here to complete this survey, it can be completed in less than five minutes. Include your email to enter a drawing for one of four $500 Amazon gift cards.

  • MedChi CEO, Gene Ransom, wrote a letter to the Maryland Delegation urging them to work with Senate colleagues to include narrowly tailored liability protections for healthcare facilities into the final version of COVID-19 Phase IV legislation. Maryland’s hospitals, urgent care centers, and primary care practices are nervous to operate, even while state necessary to do so, because they cannot afford to fend off lawsuits claiming they exposed someone to COVID-19. Click here to view this letter.  

  • MedChi CEO, Gene Ransom, wrote a letter to Senator Ben Cardin and Senator Chris Van Hollen, Jr. urging them to work with their House colleagues to include narrowly tailored liability protections for healthcare facilities into the final version of COVID-19 Phase IV legislation. Click here to view this letter.

  • We are aware of several services for physicians and other health care providers who would be interested in stress relief services during the time of the pandemic. The Physician Support Line was launched on March 30 to provide free counseling to doctors facing challenges during the pandemic. Its website describes it as a “national, free, and confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists, joined together in the determined hope to provide peer support for our physician colleagues as we all navigate the COVID-19 epidemic.” More information is available at the website. The support line can be reached at 1-888-409-0141. Physicians in Maryland are reminded that stress or other issues can also be addressed by appointment through the Maryland Physicians Health Program, 410-962-5580 or 800-992-7010.

We are your advocate and your resource, and  we're here for anything you need   . Please don't hesitate to reach out.

Thank you for all that you do as physicians, healers, and heroes.

Gene Ransom
MedChi CEO
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