An Important Message from MD-ACS President Jose Diaz, MD, FACS
Dear Maryland Surgeons,
2020 was certainly a challenging year for everyone. As members of the Maryland Chapter, ACS, we were fortunate to have held an annual meeting and a state advocacy day before the pandemic was in full force. At that point, however, we paused “ in-person” Chapter activities knowing and respecting that full attention and resources were necessarily devoted to battling COVID-19. As things improve, we are gradually resuming Chapter activities.
In spite of the challenges of 2020, the MD-ACS provided the following member benefits:
- a State Advocacy Day; an Annual Meeting with an excellent program, exhibitor participation, a resident paper competition, and surgical jeopardy;
- two YFA/RAS sponsored Zoom meetings devoted to discussions of the very timely topics – racism, diversity, & inclusion and gender bias in surgery;
- a Zoom fireside chat with Senator Clarence Lam, MD;
- quarterly eNewsletters;
- robust social media activity on Twitter / Facebook, and
- we contributed to ACS Advocacy with the ACS Maryland Chapter efforts of several email blasts leading to the roll-back of cuts to surgeons’ Medicare fees.
As we look to the future, the Executive Council of the Maryland Chapter is dedicated to expanding the diversity, equitable programming, inclusiveness, expanded outreach, state influence, and increased member participation in our organization. In order to achieve Chapter goals and better serve our members, a dues increase is unavoidable.
Please join us as we work to improve and support surgeons and surgical care in Maryland. Show your support for your Chapter and your profession by paying your dues today.
Jose Diaz, MD, FACS