MSDC Board Takes Next Steps In Improving Member Experience June 24, 2020

Written by MSDC Staff

On Monday, the MSDC Board made some important decisions that set the stage for changes designed to engage members and non-members in new ways.

In particular, the Board engaged in a lively discussion on the current membership model and created a new membership category. Beginning in 2021 (and the current renewal cycle), MSDC will have an Early Career Physician membership. Active members who are under 40 years of age or within the first eight years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training are eligible for this reduced rate. This is a separate category from MSDC's New Member rate, which is available to any practicing physician who has never been a Medical Society member.

The Board also adopted an implementation plan for the MSDC strategic plan. The strategic plan has as its goal for MSDC to make the District "the best place to practice medicine". The implementation plan outlines three major areas where MSDC will focus to meet this goal. The plan outline is below.

Also of note, the Board approved the slate of nominees for the 2020-2021 elections. That slate will be shared with the membership in the near future.

The MSDC Board is scheduled to meet again on September 21. At that meeting, the Board is expected to consider the 2021 budget, metrics for implementing the strategic plan, continue discussing MSDC's membership model, and other important strategic priorities for the physician community in the District. MSDC members in good standing may contact Robert Hay at to request an invitation.


1) Physician Advocacy
  a) We support a healthy physician community
     i) Creation of a robust wellness and physician recovery program
     ii) Address systemic issues that lead to burnout

  b) We speak with all physicians in the DC area on policy issues
     i) Creation of a coalition of DC area physician organizations
     ii) Expand and revise MSDC membership to be inclusive of all physician types and relevance to different practice stages

2) Practice Management
  a) We help physicians understand practice models and their best fit
     i) Educate on all different types of practice models
     ii) Promote collaborative work between practice administration, assistant medical staff, and physicians
     iii) Advocate for the viability of physician practices

  b) We help physicians be seen as the experts in medical care
     i) Assist physicians with marketing and establishing themselves as content experts
     ii) Create resources for physicians and the public to identify specialists through networking and technology

3) Patient Advocacy 
  a) We serve as a voice for our patients
     i) Create an MSDC policy system to elevate emerging public health issues
     ii) Train physicians to be effective patient advocates before the government

  b) We address major impediments to patient equity in health care
     i) Establish processes for physicians to identify and address the largest DC public health issues
     ii) Help physicians practice in underserved areas