2018: A Year in Review.

 

It’s been an eventful year at the Clark County Medical Society! We’ve added two new members to the team (soon to be three), upgraded our County Line Magazine and CCMS website, and hosted a series of great events and programs for our members and the community as a whole. Before we hit the ground running in 2019, Let’s look back on some of the incredible things your medical society has been up to:

Internship Programs

This year’s MiniMED Internship programs both concluded with a recognition dinner where participants shared stories of their experience shadowing doctors

This year’s MiniMED Internship programs both concluded with a recognition dinner where participants shared stories of their experience shadowing doctors

2018 saw the largest number of participants for each of the Clark County Medical Society’s internship programs! These initiatives help educate members of the community on the realities of practicing medicine in Southern Nevada, and give your patients insight in to the day-to-day life of a medical practitioner. The Adult MiniMED Internship program focused on engaging community stakeholders and business leaders in learning more about the practice of medicine in Las Vegas, while the Youth MiniMED Internship gave over 70 local high school students a chance to further their interest in a career in medicine by shadowing CCMS physicians. To get involved in these great programs join the Community Health & Public Relations Committee – learn more by calling us at (702) 739-9989 ext. 105, or emailing us at communications@clarkcountymedical.org

Continuing Medical Education

At CCMS, it’s incredibly important that we help our physician members with access to quality CME programming on relevant topics, and none could have been more relevant than this year’s offerings. In January, our Suicide Prevention CME presented by Dr. Lesley Dickson drew over 90 attendees to gain the now mandatory credits. With more and more physicians facing the new regulations presented by AB 474 in the beginning of 2018, CCMS hosted a free CME on complying with the new law with the help of Dr. Don Havins and Dr. Joe Hardy. Rounding out the year, our Community Health & Public Relations Committee planned and executed a 2-hour ethics CME on dealing with the rising issue of Physician Burnout, prompting a whole new CCMS initiative to develop Physician Wellness resources for our members. To get involved in these great programs join the Community Health & Public Relations Committee – learn more by calling us at (702) 739-9989 ext. 105, or emailing us at communications@clarkcountymedical.org

Town Halls

The Clark County Medical Society is always at the forefront of issues facing our physician members, and thanks to the hard work of our Government Affairs Committee we were able to get feedback and learn about the concerns of our members at an incredibly informative town hall on what was then the new opioid law, AB 474. Through the questions and participation of our members and many other local physicians, the Clark County Medical Society and our partners at the Nevada State Medical Association were able to directly address some of the concerns with the bill with our local and state government. In addition, we had the pleasure of partnering with the Las Vegas Medical District entitled “Meet the New Face of Health Care”, which highlighted the bright future of medicine in Southern Nevada by taking a look at our growing medical education programs. To get involved in these great programs join the Government Affairs Committee – learn more by calling us at (702) 739-9989 ext. 105, or emailing us at communications@clarkcountymedical.org

Legislative Advocacy

Thanks to our dual membership with the Nevada State Medical Association, CCMS members had advocates working at all levels of government in order to help address legislative issues that can affect their practices and their patients. Successes included:

  • Secured Governor’s veto of an insurance bill banning balance billing and capping fees for out of network health care services to the insurer’s economic advantage.

  • Negotiated with the Governor’s office to ensure new opioid legislation preserves clinical judgment and avoids draconian prescribing caps found in other states.

  • Improved a collaborative pharmacy bill ensuring that physician’s oversight and clinical judgment directs the patient care and clarifying in Nevada law that pharmacists do not diagnose.

  • Secured provision to reduce the time a pharmacist has to notify an ordering physician of the substitution of any interchangeable biosimilar drug to three (3) days.

  • Negotiated a common-sense revision to a proposed partnership bill allowing physicians and psychologists to form partnerships and still protects the tenets of Nevada’s implied prohibition of the corporate practice of medicine.

  • Defeated a measure criminalizing and prohibiting a physician from performing a procedure deemed to reassign the anatomical sex of a patient, including relocating the urethral meatus, unless the child assented to the procedure.

  • Successfully removed physicians from a bill assessing a “provider tax” on all physicians to leverage monies for Medicaid funding.

And many more. We are looking forward to working with our partners at the state association to ensure physician voices are heard during this year’s legislative session, and we encourage any physicians who would like to get involved to join the Government Affairs Committee and attend the Physician’s Day at the Legislature on February 25th in Carson City. To get involved in these great programs join the Government Affairs Committee – learn more by calling us at (702) 739-9989, or emailing us at communications@clarkcountymedical.org

Student & Resident Outreach

At the Resident Job Fair in August, local medical residents were given the opportunity to meet employers from across the Vegas Valley

At the Resident Job Fair in August, local medical residents were given the opportunity to meet employers from across the Vegas Valley

Student & Resident Outreach has been a CCMS programming priority this past year, as we aim to not only train the next generation of medicine at our fantastic medical schools, but to keep them here throughout residency and fellowship. This year we were proud to add a medical student position and medical resident position to our Board of Trustees with full voting rights, so that we can further engage and support the next generation of Southern Nevadad physicians. Thanks to the hard work of our Medical Student & Resident Outreach Committee, we are looking forward to adding a medical student mentorship program as well as medical student mixers sponsored by Southwest Medical Associates, so that students of all schools can begin their professional relationships and develop roots here in Las Vegas.

In addition, our annual Resident Job Fair was a smashing success, with featured presentations on contracts and licensure, interviewing for your first job as a doctor, and managing your finances as you move into practice medicine. The event concluded with a Job Fair where local medical residents were able to meet some of the great medical employers here in the valley in order to make sure our next generation of doctors practices here and serves our community. To get involved in these great programs join the Community Health & Public Relations Committee – learn more by calling us at (702) 739-9989, or emailing us at communications@clarkcountymedical.org

Community Involvement

October 1 2017 affected the lives of thousands of people not only living in Las Vegas, but who were visiting from around the world. In remembrance of that tragedy, the Clark County Medical Society hosted two Stop the Bleed trainings in order to empower our citizens to help in life-threatening situations. The first course focused on training the general public with basic bleeding control techniques, while the second course offered the opportunity for medical professionals to become eligible to teach Stop the Bleed courses, increasing the number of people in the valley exponentially who can save lives in a crisis until help arrives.

In addition to involvement with the patients in our community, 2018 saw the introduction of the first CCMS President’s Roundtable – a biannual meeting of the leaders of medical specialty societies to foster communication and collaboration among medical professionals in Southern Nevada. To make sure your specialty organization is represented in the next President’s Roundtable, contact us at (702) 739-9989 or email us at alexandra.silver@clarkcountymedical.org.

Looking Ahead

All in all, it’s been a great year at the Clark County Medical Society, but we can’t wait to do even more for our members in 2019. As we work on a new and improved database, increased communication and feedback from our membership, and new and exciting programs and benefits for our members.

We’ll enjoy a bit of time off over the holidays, but are looking forward to getting back at it in 2019 -- thank you for a great year!