Thank you for your interest in organized medicine, especially for your interest in the specific issues facing young physicians today. I encourage you to get involved in our MSMS Young Physician Section (YPS). The Section is open to all members 40 years or younger or in their first 8 years of practice. The YPS provides opportunities to network, share ideas, meet with legislators, develop leadership skills and be a part of the policy-making body at both at the state and federal level.
This decade has proven to be a very difficult time for physicians as health care delivery costs continue to rise out of proportion with other sectors of the economy. Medical liability issues continue to plague our practices. Government regulations, Medicaid cuts and a flawed Medicare payment formula will further add to our costs of doing business, while simultaneously decreasing our revenue.
In these times, it is not enough to practice medicine alone. In addition to patient care, we must work to gain an understanding of how our system works and doesn’t work. These things were not taught to us in medical school. We must learn them on the job. Through the MSMS-YPS, we can address these concerns, because together, we are stronger.
Through the MSMS Doctor of the Day program and the MSMS Action Center, we can easily advocate for our positions on proposed health-care related legislation and policy at both the state and federal level.
The MSMS-Young Physician Section is a valuable resource to us. It provides the strength that comes with numbers by providing a vehicle through which we can take our issues to the larger bodies of organized medicine, the Michigan State Medical Society and the American Medical Association.
Thank you again for your interest. Please peruse the entire YPS website to get a better feel for the types of things we’re involved with.
I hope to meet you at a gathering in the near future!
Kelly Caverzagie, MD
Chair - MSMS YPS