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The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC):

  • dedicates its effort to the well being of physicians in metropolitan Washington and their patients;
  • advocates on behalf of our member physicians of diverse cultural and ethic backgrounds;
  • promotes high standards of character and professionalism;
  • ensures that physicians are and are recognized as the primary professionals who define and guarantee high quality, appropriate, and cost effective medical care.
  • aggressively defends the highest principle of all: the integrity of the physician-patient relationship.

MSDC advocates for physicians and patients by:

  • leading legislative efforts to protect physicians and patients from some of the onerous practices of regulatory authorities;
  • pursuing tort reform and  legislation to reduce overly burdensome prior authorization requirements and conflicting patient privacy rules

The Medical Society of the District of Columbia (MSDC) is part of the federation of state, county and specialty medical societies that constitute the American Medical Association. MSDC has over 2,800 members, mostly from the District of Columbia and surrounding counties.

Founded in 1817 and chartered by an Act of Congress in 1819, the Medical Society has been a major player involved in the health of Washington DC’s residents.

  • In the early 1900s, the Medical Society was active in the improvement of the District’s water supply and the control of contagious diseases.
  • In the 1960s the Medical Society worked to eliminate polio and to improve standards for the licensing of nursing homes.
  • In the 1990s the Medical Society worked in support of anti-smoking legislation and bills aimed at providing health care to the District’s uninsured, spearheaded a major city-wide campaign to vaccinate infants and children, and created an AIDS Task Force.

MSDC maintains high standards of medicine through peer review committee focused on physician health. MSDC publishes a bi-weekly e-newsletter MSDC eNewsline, which features timely news about the Society and the local medical marketplace.

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