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Welcome from MSDC's New Executive Vice President  

On August 10, 2018, Robert Hay Jr., CAE, succeeded K. Edward Shanbacker as Executive Vice President of the Medical Society of DC. See the welcome video from Robert Hay, Jr. below  .  

See the final  letter from former EVP Ed Shanbacker.


District of Columbia Advocacy

The Medical Society represents the physicians and patients of the District in discussions with the City Council, DC's Department of Health and Board of Medicine and other members of the medical community. The Medical Society has been reviewing numerous healthcare bills and is working with key stakeholders on multiple fronts.


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Your Voice, Your Advocate

DC Advocacy

MSDC represents the physicians and patients of the District of Columbia in discussions with DC's City Council, Department of Health, Board of Medicine and others in the medical community. READ MORE

National Advocacy

MSDC works closely with the American Medical Association (AMA), and state and specialty medical societies to educate Congress and federal agencies on issues important to physicians and their patients. READ MORE

Local Implementation of the ACA

As health system reform evolves, MSDC ensures it is implemented at the local and regional levels in ways that support the patient-physician relationship and promotes public health in our Nation's Capital. READ MORE

Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder *FREE* live course
August 25, 2018, 8 AM - 5:30 PM, Howard University


"Why You Should Register with the PDMP", by the AMA Opioid task Force Chair and President-elect

 Register with  District of Columbia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program.



This Council Period, there are a series of bills related to the opioid epidemic under consideration by the City Council, and the Medical Society is addressing their impact on physicians and patient care. Contact MSDC with questions.

   According to a report by the American Enterprise Institute, DC ranked 2nd behind West Virginia in terms of the economic burden caused by the epidemic, and just ahead of third-place Maryland when measured by the per-capita cost.

The CDC found that opioid overdose deaths are increasing in nearly all parts of the population. Washington, DC had the highest increase in fatalities.

Physician Burnout and Resilience

From AMA President David O. Barbe, MD, MHA
Whereas past efforts to address burnout have focused on bolstering individuals’ resilience skills, there’s a growing recognition that organizations also need to redesign the way that clinical care is delivered.

• Burnout rates are twice as high in medicine as in other fields
For every hour of patient time, physicians spend 1-2 hours on electronic health records and clerical tasks

Information and Resources 
Beyond Burnout--Redesigning Care to Restore Meaning for Physicians, New. England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 25, 2018. 

A Conspiracy of Silence on Physician Suicide -
George Lundberg: At Large at Medscape, March 23, 2018

4 Lessons Mayo Clinic Learned from Group Meetings to Cut Burnout

See the AMA's STEPS Forward program.

Did You Know That An MSDC Leader Designed the Original US Capitol?

In 1792, Dr. William Thornton, who later served as MSDC Vice President, submitted the winning design for the original United States Capitol Building. Although he had no formal training in architecture, his design beat out intense competition from world-renowned architects. His winning design appears here.

200 Years of Medicine in the Nation's Capital
On September 26, 1817, the founding members of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia met at Tennison's, a hotel and tavern where the Willard Hotel now stands, and founded MSDC, the country's 12th medical society.  Read more.

DC Public Health and Finance Budget

The DC Deputy Mayor for Health and Human Services (DMHHS) and DC public health leadership presented their budget priorities at a briefing in April. See the presentations

Deputy Mayor of Health & Human Services
DC Health
Department of Behavioral Health
Department of Health Care Finance

Save the Date: Friday, October 19, 2018!
MSDC's 2018 Annual Meeting and Reception

MSDC's annual member meeting will take place on Friday, October 19, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:30 PM in Dupont Circle. The event offers ample opportunity to socialize with physician members from across the Metropolitan Washington area. For further information, contact Pia Duryea (duryea@msdc.org)

MSDC Annual Meeting and Reception
Friday, October 19, 2018
6:00 - 9:30 PM
2121 Massachusetts Ave NW
Dupont Circle
Washington, DC 20008

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