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DCMS Inaugural Ball & 164th Annual Meeting takes place December 2

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   (0 Comments)
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The Duval County Medical Society held its DCMS Inaugural Ball & 164th Annual Meeting on December 2, 2016.

Nearly 200 DCMS members and guests gathered at The Museum & Gardens for the annual black-tie affair. Following a cocktail and exhibitor hour, members participated in a business meeting featuring several special guests and the official inauguration of the 2017 DCMS President.

Dr. Sunil Joshi, 2016 DCMS President, kicked off the evening with his Presidential remarks regarding the successes of the Medical Society throughout the year. He addressed four areas in which the DCMS and organized medicine work for physicians: Legislative Efforts, Advocacy, Education, and Leadership.

During a special presentation, longtime Duval County Medical Society employee Patricia Ruscito was presented with a plaque for her outstanding dedication and service to the organization. Ruscito retired in May after working for the DCMS for more than 24 years.

The evening continued with remarks from Dr. Todd Sack, 2016 DCMS Foundation President, regarding the Mission First campaign launched earlier this year. The DCMS Foundation is working on three initiatives: 904 Mission One Million, a Physician Wellness Program, and the Future of Healthcare Conference. Dr. Sack discussed the benefits of each of the programs and explained how DCMS members can get involved.

Members also heard an update from Dr. Alan Harmon on the work of the American Medical Association and from Dr. David Becker on the Florida Medical Association.

Several DCMS members were recognized during the business meeting for outstanding service in 2016. 

Dr. Timothy Sternberg, physician with Ancora Pain Recovery, was honored for serving as guest editor of the Autumn issue of Northeast Florida Medicine on Pain Management. Northeast Florida Medicine is a quarterly, peer-reviewed medical journal published by the Duval County Medical Society.

Dr. John Montgomery, received the 2016 DCMS Community Service Award. Along with serving on the DCMS Board of Directors and as a delegate to the Florida Medical Association, Dr. Montgomery is a board member for the First Coast division of the American Cancer Society. He has devoted time and effort to the ACS iniatitve to provide free lodging to cancer patients in Jacksonville.

The DCMS Philip H. Gilbert Young Physician Leadership Award was presented to Dr. Elizabeth DeVos. Dr. DeVos is on the DCMS Board of Directors and serves on the delegation to the FMA. She is the Medical Director of International Emergency Medicine Education at UF Health, as well as the program director for the UF Health College of Medicine International Medical Education programs.

The DCMS also annually recognizes excellence in research published by its members and by residents in training in Jacksonville post graduate medical education programs. The John A. Beals' Award for Medical Research was started by Dr. John Beals to recognize outstanding research and publications by members of the DCMS. The G. Shahin Award was established in 1995 by Dr. Shahla Masood in honor of her mother, Ghadireh Shahin. It recognizes excellence in published research by a resident or fellow performed during training in Duval County, with the research being done while training.

This year the Beals' Award for Original Investigation was presented to Dr. Mobeen Rathore for his article, "Whole-Genome Sequencing for Outbreak Investigations of Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Time for Routine Pratice?" The Beals' Award for Review was presented to Dr. Ayesha Mirza for her article, "Immunization Update V." The Beals' Award for Clinical Observation was awarded to Dr. Joseph Shiber for his article, "Incomplete Lemierre Syndrome."

The Shahin Award for Review was presented to Dr. Fernando Bula-Rudas for his article, "Salmonella Infections in Childhood." The Shahin Award for Clinical Observation was presented to Dr. Amr Matoq for his article, "Anti-NMDA-receptor antibody encephalitis in infants."

Following the awards ceremony, DCMS members elected the 2017 DCMS officers, board of directors and FMA delegates, including Dr. Tra'Chella Johnson Foy as the 130th DCMS President.

Johnson Foy took the oath of office with help from her husband, Lamont Foy. She then thanked Dr. Joshi for his year of service and presented him with a plaque.

In her acceptance speech, Dr. Johnson Foy shared a personal story about her childhood struggles and her desire to achieve a better life for herself. She inspired her fellow DCMS members to reach out to the young people around them and encourage them to pursue their dreams.

After her speech, the live band began playing and DCMS members enjoyed a lively night of dinner and dancing.

The event was made possible by many gracious sponsors. Special thanks to our Gold Level Sponsors: Baptist Health, The Doctors Company, Precision Diagnostics, and Suntrust. We'd also like to recognize our Silver Level Sponsors: BDO, Florida Blue, Tom Bush BMW, and UF Health Trauma One.

See all of our photos from the 2016 event on our Facebook page.