WASHTENAW COUNTY MEDICAL SOCIETY
Legislative action & community outreach since 1827
The WCMS E-Newsletter is a bimonthly publication highlighting major medical, public health, and community issues affecting physician and medical student leaders in Washtenaw County. Distribution is a unique benefit of WCMS membership. Past editions are available on the WCMS website.
COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 statistics as of Wednesday, October 14:

Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Washtenaw County? Follow this link.
WCMS COVID-19 Workgroup - Thursday, October 22 at 6:00 PM

Since March, WCMS has convened regular COVID-19 teleconferences to discuss resource allocation, emergency preparedness, and tracking and tracing among Washtenaw's health systems and physician leaders. The workgroup is led by University of Michigan infectious diseases specialist and WCMS Executive Council member Sandro Cinti, MD. The workgroup also receives updates and modeling data from UM Public Health epidemiologists. To access recordings and resources from past meetings, please follow this link.

WCMS members are encouraged to join the next virtual meeting on October 22 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
Your Action Needed NOW: Help Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free

WCMS is a proud member of the Keep MI Kids Tobacco Free Alliance, a group of nearly 70 organizations committed to working to revise Michigan's tobacco control policies. Governor Whitmer is working to create a permanent public health rule that would end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes in the state and protect Michigan's children. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is requesting comments on this rule through through Oct. 23.

Your voice as a physician is critical! Take action in some or all of the following ways NOW:

  • Sign the Petition! Please sign the petition, share the toolkit, and engage your family and friends via social media, newsletters, and email listservs, etc. 
  • Written commentary. Submit written comments to MDHHS in response to the proposed rules by October 23rd. A draft letter with directions is linked here for your use.
  • Verbal testimony. Submit a public comment to MDHHS at the virtual hearing on October 20th. 
Stay Engaged on Climate Action

WCMS' Climate Action Task Force is encouraging members to engage in these important ways:

  1. Join Michigan Clinicians for Climate Action (MiCCA) (fill out volunteer form).
  2. Joining Medical Society Consortium for Climate and Health (become a physician advocate).
  3. Sign the Health Professionals Climate Declaration in support of Carbon Fee & Dividend and/or the US Call to Action on Climate, Health & Equity

If you are interested in joining the Task Force or learning more about its work, please contact the Society Office.
Register for the Annual Scientific Meeting, October 21-30

Physicians of all specialties, residents, students, nurses, and other health care professionals are invited to join the MSMS Foundation at its virtual 155th Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM). This six-day conference will be held October 21-30 and will give attendees the opportunity to learn about cutting-edge clinical advances from local and national experts, from the safety and comfort of their homes.

Do you need to fulfill your one-time human trafficking education course for licensure? Don't miss the complimentary "Human Trafficking In Michigan - What Physicians Need to Know" course supported by the Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan and Wayne County Medical Society Foundation:
Speaker: The Honorable Dana Nessel, Michigan Attorney General 
Date/Time: Thursday, October 22, 4:15-5:15 PM

MSMS designates the full ASM live activity for a maximum of 45.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s). To access the online course listing and register for ASM, please click here.

ASM is complimentary to all WCMS medical students and residents!
Physician Financial Podcast: The Physician's Guide to Financial Wellness
Community Voice: MD Wealth Management, LLC

Are you in the market for a podcast aimed at helping your physician career and personal finances? Look no further than the Physician's Guide to Financial Wellness. Washtenaw County-based financial planners Trent DeBruin and Andrew Musbach cover important financial topics in a manageable 15-30 minute timeframe. All episodes are free! Recent topics include:
  • How to Know if you're on Track for Retirement/Financial Independence
  • 6 Ways to Save Taxes as an Employed Physician
  • The Best Way to Save for College as a Michigan Physician

MD Wealth Management is an independent, fee-only financial planning and wealth management firm serving clients in the Ann Arbor and Detroit areas, as well as remotely. We specialize in working with physicians who want help managing their financial lives. We are fiduciary financial advisors and CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professionals who do not sell products or receive commissions.

Contact Trent DeBruin, MBA, CFA, CFP® and Andrew Musbach, CFP® via email or phone (734) 433-9600 for financial assistance today.
Washtenaw Voter Information and Candidate Forum Resources

November 3, 2020 is Election Day! Visit Michigan.gov/Vote to:
  • Find your polling location
  • Find your City or Township Clerk
  • Request an Absentee Voter Ballot or track an absentee ballot you’ve requested.
  • View a sample ballot for an immediately upcoming election
  • Learn how to become a poll worker

Registration deadlines
  • Online: Oct. 19
  • By mail: Postmarked by Oct. 19
  • In person: Nov. 3

Absentee ballot deadlines
  • Request: Oct. 30 by 5:00 p.m.
  • Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 2
  • Return in person: Nov. 3 by 8:00 p.m.

Early voting
  • Sep. 24 - Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

The League of Women Voters of Ann Arbor Area have provided Candidate Forums and voting resources available by clicking here.
*Reference to any specific commercial product, process, or service, or the use of any trade, firm or corporation name is for the information and convenience of members, and does not constitute endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the Washtenaw County Medical Society.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR MEMBERSHIP AND SUPPORT OF WCMS!
The Washtenaw County Medical Society has been the leading physician medical association for legislative action and community outreach since 1827. WCMS collaborates with the Michigan State Medical Society to optimize patient, physician, and community well-being through professional support; public health activism; and advocacy for excellence in patient care.