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 28:

Looking for COVID-19 testing sites in Washtenaw County? Follow this link.
WCMS COVID-19 Workgroup - Thursday, November 5 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 November 5 from 6:00 - 7:00 PM. Please contact the Society Office for login credentials.
WCMS Legislative Committee: Election Wrap-Up and Lame Duck Discussion on Monday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 AM

WCMS members are encouraged to join the Legislative Committee on Monday, November 16 from 7:30 - 9:00 AM. Legislators typically in attendance include: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, State Senator Jeff Irwin, and State Reps. Donna Lasinski and Yousef Rabhi. A final list of legislator RSVPs will be available on the WCMS website. The November 16 discussion will be focused on the election results and the upcoming "lame duck" legislative session.

Please contact the Society Office for virtual login credentials.
WCMS Sends Comments to MDHHS on Rule to Protect Youth from Nicotine Product Addiction

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. On October 20, WCMS Executive Director Gabrielle Szlenkier provided virtual testimony to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on the proposed public health rule that would end the sale of flavored e-cigarettes. On October 23, WCMS submitted public comments on the rule.

To view the comment letter, please click here.
Complimentary E/M Coding Update for 2021 for WCMS Members

WCMS members are invited to learn about the 2021 E/M guidelines for office and other outpatient service codes 99202-99215. Speaker Betsy Nicoletti, MS, CPC will provide a virtual, high-level overview on Tuesday, December 8 from 8:30 - 9:45 AM.

This virtual event is being hosted by sister county, the Oakland County Medical Society (OCMS). All WCMS members are invited free of charge with registration here. Attendees may submit questions in advance.
Fall Edition of the WCMS Bulletin

In this edition of the WCMS Bulletin:
  • President's Message: Why Join WCMS?
  • What to Look For in This Issue of the Bulletin
  • In Memoriam: Phillip Margolis, MD
  • Sandro Cinti, MD Completes Service on the MSMS Board of Directors
  • WCMS COVID-19 Advocacy One-Pager
  • Share Your Story: Island Doctor
  • Rethinking the MSMS House of Delegates
  • WCHD and WCMS Host "Cannabis in Practice" Web Series
  • WCMS 2021 Membership One-Pager
  • Highlights from the September Executive Council Meeting
  • Membership News
  • Washtenaw County Health Department Medical Director Report

Copies of the WCMS Bulletin are available at the WCMS office. To request a printed version, please contact Gabrielle Szlenkier at gszlenkier@wcms-mi.org or (734) 668-6241.
Leadership Opportunities at WCMS
Submit by December 1 for 2021 Service

WCMS at the MSMS House of Delegates
The House of Delegates (HOD) is the official policy-making body of MSMS. Resolutions are the vehicles used to debate and determine the policies, priorities, and direction of MSMS. Each year, physician and medical student members serve as delegates, review resolutions, testify in reference committees, and vote on important policy decisions. WCMS was allocated 16 delegate slots in 2020. To learn more, click here.

WCMS Executive Council
The Executive Council is the voting body that supervises the function and activities of WCMS. Council members determine annual events, legislative priorities, and community outreach directives. The Executive Council now meets virtually the first Thursday of each month.

WCMS Committees and Task Forces
Each committee meets approximately three-four times annually and members are simply asked to share a passion for the subject and interest in learning skills in the field.
  • Environmental/Climate Change Task Force
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • Membership Committee
  • Programming Committee

To learn more about these opportunities, please follow this link. Please contact the WCMS office by December 1 to submit your interest.
Positive Spread
A Quick Pick-Me-Up to Bring a Smile

Check out this viral video from Sam and his beat-boxing dad breaking down the "You Can Be A, B,Cs." We hope it brings a smile to your face!
*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.
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.