WCMS Newsletter: September Edition

The WCMS Newsletter is a monthly, electronic publication that highlights major physician issues and various community initiatives. Distribution is a unique benefit of WCMS Membership.

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WCMS Newsletter: September 2018

Thank you for your membership to WCMS, the leading medical association for legislative action and community outreach in Washtenaw County since 1827.


Upcoming WCMS Events
Attend Monday's Legislative Update this September 10th from 7:30-9:00 AM at WCMS. Legislators expected to be in attendance include: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell and State Reps. Donna Lasinski and Adam Zemke. The agenda will include discussions on opioids; naturopathic scope of practice; prior authorization; auto no-fault, and Maintenance of Certification (MOC).

Make sure to save your spot for the "Balance" MedConnect event on Thursday, Sept. 20 at 6:30 PM at the Ann Arbor City Club. Presentations from community leaders, including Drs. Evangeline Spindler, Robert Bartlett, Robert Kelch, and Monica Starkman, will explore how physicians balance the demands of practice with external outlets.

RSVP to today!

WCMS Bulletin: Summer Edition

Have you accessed the latest edition of the WCMS Bulletin yet? In it, you will find a discussion on the state’s legislative proposal to impose work requirements on Medicaid recipients, a report on our county’s activities at the MSMS House of Delegates meeting, our medical students’ view of HOD, an emotional entry of a 3rd year medical student’s clinical rotations in 1968, and many other fascinating pieces. Click here to review the edition.

Call (734) 668-6241 to request that a hard copy be mailed to you or stop by the Society Office.

Call for 2019 WCMS Leadership Nominations

Ready to hone your leadership skills and work with talented colleagues in a meaningful way? Consider running or nominate a fellow physician for these WCMS officer positions:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • District Director #14
  • Delegate & Alternate Delegate
  • Committee Volunteers (Legislative, Finance, Membership)

Submit the nominee's information to Gabrielle Szlenkier by October 5.

Public Health Alerts: Vaping Increase & 'Do Not Eat' Fish Advisory

According to the 2017-2018 Michigan Profile for Healthy Youth, over 18% of Washtenaw County high school students used electronic vapor products during the past 30 days; an increase from eleven percent in 2015-2016. Read more about the dangers here.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services has issued an expanded ‘Do Not Eat’ fish advisory for all fish in the Huron River in Livingston, Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne, and Monroe Counties. The ‘Do Not Eat’ advisory for the Huron River starts where N. Wixom Road crosses in Oakland County and extends downstream to the mouth of the Huron River as it enters Lake Erie in Wayne County. For a full listing of the affected areas, click here.

MSMS Organizational Remodeling: Feedback Requested

Following the July 2014 session on long-term membership and non-dues revenue trends, the MSMS Board of Directors composed a Task Force on Membership and Sustainability. MSMS readdressed the need for organizational remodeling at the 2018 House of Delegates meeting. Access the MSMS website to learn more about plans for the Next 150 Years here, including opportunities for regionalization, Board restructuring, and flexible membership options.

Review the materials and send your feedback to Gabrielle Szlenkier at


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