November 1, 2017

Thank you for an incredible year as your president.  As I look back on the successes and challenges of the year, I think the Medical Society is headed in the right direction with our advocacy, CME accreditation program, our relationships with other state stakeholders and with our progress toward development of a New Hampshire Physician Leadership program.

I think our biggest challenge is finding an effective way to communicate our strengths with members and non-members.  We need to rely on word of mouth and direct invitation.  Do you know if the other doctors in your group are members?  If they aren't, why not?  Could you ask them to join?  Our strength is our members.

I met a doctor from our state recently at an out of state conference.  I asked him if he was a member and he wasn't.  He had been a member, but felt that because he is employed that he could cancel his membership as the hospital would advocate for him.

Although we overlap on many issues with the hospital association, we keep the physician forefront in our advocacy and we showed this with the opioid prescribing rules with the Board of Medicine.  Our involvement in the process and the outcome was a direct result of our Medical Society’s work.  Although some physicians have viewed the outcome to be difficult to implement, the other New England state laws are much more prescriptive than ours and some have potential criminal punishments if not followed.  The hospitals would not have advocated to this level for these changes.

I could go on and on.  My ask to you in my last blog post is to talk about NHMS with your colleagues.  Talk us up.  If you have questions or concerns, please contact either me or Jim Potter.


Deb Harrigan, MD

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