Over the next year, a working group chaired by CMS past president Ben Vernon, MD, will study the relationship between CMS and local component societies, and recommend ways to strengthen both levels of organized medicine in supporting the delivery of programs and services to physician members. The first meeting was held in December with two more planned through April 2016. Mike Ware is a member of the working group and the CEO of the El Paso County Medical Society. He said the relationship between CMS and the component societies is important because each brings unique value to the daily lives of physicians.
“CMS excels at policy development and advocacy and can be a unifying force statewide,” Ware said. “Components can each develop their own value at the point of patient care through networking and education, providing practice support services like we do at EPCMS, or many other ways.”
“Most members want to practice medicine,” he continued. “They’re not interested in the intricate inner working of their medical societies. By focusing on a strong state/component partnership we ensure medical societies ‘just work.’”