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Every Illinois Physician is Indispensable in Protecting Our Profession
Nestor A. Ramirez-Lopez, MD
ISMS President
Nestor A. Ramirez, MD, MPH

Each and every physician is vital and indispensable in our fight against onerous legislation, administrative control of our practices, invasion of the physician-patient relationship, and political overreach that attempts to dominate medicine.

As I turn over the presidency of ISMS to Dr. Katherine Tynus, I reflect upon the personally enriching experiences and the pleasant memories of this seemingly very short year. I visited many hospitals, medical societies and practice groups, large and small. I also spoke with medical students and residents at different levels of training and saw their bright and hopeful view of the future of medicine.

Throughout the length and breadth of the State of Illinois, the vibrant collaborative spirit and the dedication of our physicians are always in evidence. In every location, I felt invigorated by the warmth of the welcome, the strength of the commitment and the firmness of the resolve to maintain and protect our profession.

As I said in my inaugural address, "I Believe in ISMS." I believe that we must support the only group that represents all the physicians of Illinois – young, old, independent, employed, in training, in academia, or retired. If you are reading this, you are already part of the choir, so I should not be preaching to you. We need all physicians to join our Society and provide strength to our advocacy and legislative efforts. Talk to your non-member friends and colleagues and entreat them to become active members of the Illinois State Medical Society.

During my travels it’s been suggested that many physicians can’t "afford" to pay ISMS dues. (We have not raised dues in almost a decade.) I think that what we can’t afford is to lose our Society over just a few dollars per month! Remember the proverb about the war that was lost for lack of a nail in a horseshoe? Each and every physician is vital and indispensable in our fight against onerous legislation, administrative control of our practices, invasion of the physician-patient relationship, and political overreach that attempts to dominate medicine. Don’t overlook the power of the many groups who are trying to obtain by legislation that which they did not get by education.

buttonIn closing, if you met me during my year as president and we had a moment to chat, there's a good chance I handed you a wooden coin. These coins are something I created several years ago to share as a clever response when someone asks me "How are you doing?" My response is always that I'm A3 and E2: Alive, Awake, Alert, Enthusiastic and, of course, Energetic!

Thank you to the many fine physicians I met during my term as president, and to our Society as a whole for an enriching and personally fulfilling year. I think I am more "A3 and E2" now than I was a year ago!



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