Dear DCMS Members,
Thank you for visiting the website of the Duval County Medical Society. At over 160 years of age and with more than 1900 members, we are the oldest and largest Medical Society in Florida. Our mission is to help physicians care for the health of our community.
Northeast Florida is a wonderful place to live, work and play but it also has a set of challenges and the overall health of this diverse community is certainly one of those. Though there are many factors associated with the success of a city, the health of its citizens is always a top priority. The doctors in this community are by far the indisputable authority on healthcare in Duval County. Whether it is a rotary club, a church organization, a school PTA or the city government, it is the unique interaction that we have with patients that gives us the perspective that other groups lack.
For physicians to truly have an impact on the overall health of a community there must be an infrastructure in place that facilitates these efforts. The DCMS provides such a path.
Four ways in which a physician can improve the health of a region include legislative initiatives, education, advocacy and leadership.
The DCMS has a robust and experienced delegation to the Florida Medical Association (FMA) House of Delegates. It is during this annual meeting that the FMA sets its health policy agenda which is then presented to the state legislature. Many pro-patient initiatives that involve safety, access to care and privacy have been developed and signed into law after this meeting.
Lifelong learning is a hallmark of a physician’s training. The DCMS provides CME through monthly membership meetings and a quarterly peer-reviewed medical journal. Equally important is the DCMS’ relationship with The Florida Times-Union that allows members to educate the public with timely and useful medical information. Our communications team stays in front of medical stories so that credible information is provided to local and national journalists when appropriate.
The DCMS Foundation has a robust patient advocacy campaign which includes a challenge for Northeast Florida area to collectively lose one million pounds. The Foundation also has plans to shed light on some of the health disparities that plague our region while developing initiatives for public policy as well.
Finally, in order to truly achieve its mission the DCMS must continue to develop physician leaders- those who have a passion to make a difference. The DCMS Leadership Academy is a popular program that trains participants on the fundamentals of leadership in order to encourage success in the always changing medical environment. Fortunately, the DCMS has many role models that become leaders at the local, state, national and even global levels. These men and women are great sources for mentorship as well.
If you are not already a member, I encourage you to join so that you can be part of one of the state’s most structured and experienced Medical Societies. As it has done for over 160 years, the DCMS will continue to be a leader in healthcare in Northeast Florida while helping physicians care for the health of our community!
Sunil Joshi, MD
DCMS Chief Executive Officer