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Annual Doctor-Lawyer Dinner April 19th!
Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the 2017 Annual Doctor-Lawyer Dinner on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at the Highland Park Country Club. Check our Calendar of Programs and Events for details on this event.Also in April, the 2017 ISMS Annual Meeting will be April 21-23, in Oak Brook; all members are welcome to attend.
2017 Physician License Renewals
Illinois physician license renewals are due this year. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation does not mail renewal notices any longer. We urge members to go to the IDPFR web site (click here) to make sure your contact information and your EMAIL address are current. You can get reminders by email. And, you can begin renewals as early as April, this year. The deadline for license renewals is JULY 31. You can contact the IDFPR at 800-560-6420.
2016 Annual Meeting & Holiday Party Held
Members, family and friends enjoyed a delicious buffet dinner and the spectacular musical Singin' in the Rain at the Marriott Lincolnshire Theater in December, where Dr. Piyush Vyas was elected to serve as president for the second year in a row. That's a first for LCMS! Congrats to Dr. Vyas who also serves as the District 1 Trustee to the Illinois State Medical Society. Dr. James Milam is an ISMS Delegate to the AMA as well as a past president of the Illinois State Medical Society and Lake County Medical Society.
Photos from April's 2016 Illinois State
Medical Society Annual Meeting
Lake County Medical Society delegates joined over 100 representatives from around the state for the annual meeting of the Illinois State Medical Society House of Delegates, on a beautiful spring weekend. Attendees enjoyed a reception on Friday evening at the Old State House, walking distance from the Capitol building, and many members enjoyed other historic sights during free time in Springfield. Business matters, including resolutions submitted from around the state were discussed throughout the weekend. Watch for summaries in our newsletter and on the ISMS.org website.
We are proud to have honored our own member, Scott Cooper, MD (emergency medicine) the outgoing ISMS president, as his term and service to physicians and patients in Illinois ended this weekend. Thank you, Dr. Cooper!
Last Year's Annual Doctor-Lawyer Dinner
First year medical student Patrick Kim (pictured to the left of Dr. Cooper in the photo below) from Rosalind Franklin University meets with Scott Cooper, MD, president of the Illinois State Medical Society at the annual Doctor-Lawyer dinner, March 2016, at The Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest. The speakers addressed the medical and legal implications of medical marijuana use. The dinner program was attended by 98 doctors, attorneys and Lake County judges.
The Medical Society was happy to welcome three medical students (pictured above, left) from Rosalind Franklin university here in Lake County. They seemed to enjoy the program and the opportunity to mingle with members during the dinner program. L to R: Patrick Kim, Yao Ying Jonathan Tseng and Farah Khan.
LCMS Hosts Fall Mini-Internship
Five Mini Interns spent part of two days at Vista Medical Center East and James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Facility in October, 2015, shadowing doctors in our annual show-and-tell program.
This learning experience for attorneys, judges, insurance company employees and others who are closely associated with the medical profession is invaluable to each of the participants. The opportunity to exchange information and learn about the intricacies of closely related professions is of mutual benefit to our members and the invitees who participate.
This year, Mini-Interns got a welcome educational experience for several hours in radiology from the helpful professionals under Dr. Piyush Vyas at the James A. Lovell Federal Health Care facility in North Chicago.
We extend our most sincere gratitude to Joan Ordesta, Supervisor in Surgery at Vista Medical Center East in Waukegan and her entire welcoming staff. Thanks to all for their gracious assistance and time during this important community outreach program, which has taken place at least once a year since it was first implemented in 1989 by the Lake County Medical Society, with the guidance of the current program chairman, Dr. Raghu Thunga and executive director Jane Stein.
Top photo: Two Mini-Interns, a doctor and a nurse. Picture taken during our fall Mini-Internship program. Many thanks to Vista Medical Center East and especially to Joan Ordesta supervisor in Surgery. Pictured above are Mini-Interns Jill Munson and Lisa Munch, both defense attorneys with Hinshaw and Culbertson, general surgeon Dr. Daniel Liesen, who is president of LCMS and Joan Ordesta. Dr. Raghu Thunga, an anesthesiologist, chairs the event and generously guided the Mini-Interns during their time in surgery. Mini-interns always remark about how beneficial this opportunity is for them, and how first hand observation helps them immeasurably in their jobs.
Bottom left photo: A first-hand observation experience is worth more than any words one may read or hear. Pictured in the lower right picture Dr. Thunga explains the patient record. The intricate and detailed records that are maintained in hospitals sometimes astound lay people, not to mention the strict regulations covering everything from equipment cleaning to privacy procedures.
Below, top photo: Group of staff and Mini-Interns at Vista Medical Center East. Thank you for your hospitality!
Photos below, top left: Dr. William Woods; photo top right: Dr Piyush Vyas with two mini-interns at
the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Facility
Illinois HIV Care Connect Launches Upgraded Website
With Viral Suppression Educational Campaign and Survey
Illinois HIV Care Connect recently announced the launch of an upgraded website (www.hivcareconnect.com) featuring information about the importance of achieving viral suppression for people living with HIV.
Achieving viral suppression is a goal for individuals receiving anti-HIV medications, also known as anti-retroviral treatment (ART). Reaching viral suppression means that the amount of HIV in the blood is very low. Keeping HIV at this low level helps people living with HIV to stay healthy and live longer, and greatly reduces their chances of passing HIV on to others.
The viral suppression page on the website — www.hivcareconnect.com/viral-suppression — educates people living with HIV about the importance of achieving viral suppression. The page includes a link to a survey through which people with HIV can test their understanding of viral suppression and provide feedback to Illinois HIV Care Connect.
LCMS and Medline Partner Offer Product Discounts
Through an agreement with Medline Industries, Inc., a local company and the largest privately held manufacturer and distributor of medical/surgical supplies in the US, LCMS members may receive discounts on products and services.
Volunteer for the Lake County Medical Reserve Corps.
In response to the outpouring of volunteer support in the days following September 11, 2001, the Citizen Corps. was created by the President. Citizen Corps volunteers work to make sure their families, homes, and communities are prepared in the event of terrorism, crime, and disasters of all kinds. One specialized component of this effort is the Medical Reserve Corps. [Get complete details!]
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Piyush I. Vyas, MD
District I Trustee -
Illinois State Medical Society
Scott Cooper, MD
Immediate Past President
James Milam, MD
District 1 Trustee
ISMS Past President