July 20, 2020
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Dear Colleagues,

We hope that all our members and colleagues are staying healthy and safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Maryland's rates have reflected a downward trend, but as we have come to understand, that does not mean we are out of the weeds yet. Masking up has been crucial to the health and safety of ourselves and our patients. We want to hear from you about how you are dealing with seeing patients in these times. We want to share your photos and experiences with our members and colleagues. Send us a photo of you suited up at work in your PPE or send us a note about how you have been handling the challenges of caring for patients during COVID. Send submissions to Sophie Pumphrey at spumphrey@medchi.org

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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
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@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 17, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:

Before we head into a very hot, but hopefully very enjoyable, weekend, I want to share this with you:

UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS

  • CMS will hold "Lessons from the Front Lines" today July 17, 12:30-2:00 pm. Register for the web link, or call 833-614-0820 and enter access code 3096434.


YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED



  • The AMA has shared a collaborative telehealth impact survey to identify the challenges, barriers and benefits of telehealth implementation for physicians.

THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES  



MEDCHI IS YOUR ADVOCATE AND YOUR RESOURCE

  • 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
July 15, 2020

Dear MedChi Members and Maryland Physicians:
 
I hope your week is going well. Here's what we want to share with you today:
 
UPCOMING VIRTUAL EVENTS
 
·   The Maryland Department of Health all-physician call will be held today, Wednesday, July 15 at 5:00 pm .
 
·   CMS will hold "Lessons from the Front Lines" on Friday, July 17, 12:30-2:00 pm. Register for the web link , or call 833-614-0820 and enter access code 3096434.
 
YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED
 
·    The Physicians Foundatio n is surveying physicians to learn how they are affected by and responding to the coronavirus pandemic. We encourage you to share your perspective in this 5-minute survey.
 
·   National medical associations are collaborating on a survey that focuses on the challenges of providing substance use disorder care during the pandemic . If you are a physician with a DEA DATA-2000 "x-waiver" to prescribe buprenorphine, please contribute your experiences to this survey.
 
THE LATEST NEWS, INFORMATION, AND RESOURCES
 
·   The Maryland Department of Health has released a updated summary on contract tracing for health practitioners . You might also find this v ideo on contract tracing and testing to be helpful.
 
·   This week's MedChi News features more COVID-19 news and other information and resources.
 
MEDCHI IS YOUR ADVOCATE AND YOUR RESOURCE
 
·    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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