Dr. John Klunk receives presidential medallion from Dr. Tessa Lafortune-GreenbergNovember 25, 2019

Thank you to all who made our 2019 NHMS Scientific Conference – at the beautiful Omni Mt. Washington Hotel – a huge success. This year’s conference had one of the highest attendances we have achieved in the last 50 years, and our colleagues from around the state helped to reinforce and expand our knowledge on various topics critical to practice. Sessions included topics such as the vaping crisis in NH, screening for and understanding the effects of intimate partner violence, treating Alzheimer’s disease, updates on adult and childhood vaccines, and, of course, our now annual Sunday morning series addressing evidence-based prescribing of opioids and treating substance use disorders (which also satisfies the NH Board of Medicine required opioid CME credits). 

It was an amazing weekend of learning, reconnecting with old friends, and meeting new ones. I’ve always felt that the best CME conferences are the ones that reinvigorate my joy in practicing medicine and reaffirm that I couldn’t hope for better colleagues than I have within the practice of medicine. Our annual conference always manages to do both.

This one was particularly special for me as I assumed the role of 188th President of the Medical Society with the passing of the presidential medallion from Dr. Tessa Lafortune-Greenberg. I am honored to serve and know I have some big shoes to fill when I look at the contributions to the well-being of physicians and patients in the state made by Dr. Lafortune-Greenberg and our other recent presidents, all enabled by our expert and hardworking medical society staff.

I look forward to an ongoing conversation with you this year about the so-called Social Determinants of Health, such as education, housing, food security, health behaviors, and other factors, which together have a huge impact on the health of our patients across the Granite State that extends beyond our roles to provide consistent access to high quality healthcare. For now I’ll just say that as physicians, while we face significant pressures and headwinds within healthcare, most of us are fortunate to have excellent education, stable housing, consistent access to healthy food, and other advantages that many of our patients don’t have. So it is with a spirit of gratitude that we enter into this 228th year of our Medical Society, and I look forward to working with you all to best support our physicians to improve the health of our patients.

In health,

John Klunk, MD

NHMS President

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