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Duval physicians elected as national leaders

Tuesday, August 2, 2016   (0 Comments)
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A Message from DCMS President, Dr. Sunil Joshi:



This past weekend, more than 30 physicians from the Duval County Medical Society (DCMS) participated in the Florida Medical Association (FMA) Annual Meeting in Orlando. Members served as Delegates for the Society and several State Specialty Medical Societies to discuss important issues about the practice of medicine.


A primary responsibility of the FMA House of Delegates is to select leaders who will represent physicians at the state and local level. I am excited to announce that DCMS Past-President, Dr. John Montgomery, was re-elected as a Delegate to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates. Two other DCMS Members, Past-President Dr. Thomas Peters and President-elect Dr. Tra'Chella Johnson-Foy were elected as Alternate Delegates to the AMA House of Delegates.

Two very important topics that these Delegates will tackle are the MACRA Proposed Rule and the continued fight to oppose the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) restrictions on the ability of physicians to practice medicine. The House voted unanimously to stand committed to remove MOC mandates and prohibit the interference of ABIM/ABMS on the ability of physicians to practice medicine in Florida.

DCMS Past-President Dr. Mobeen Rathore was elected to serve as the District B Representative to the FMA Board of Governors. District B is the portion of northeast Florida containing Duval, Clay, Nassau, St. Johns and Putnam Counties. Dr. Rathore will serve a three-year term as the representative for these areas.  

A detailed report of the activities of the FMA House of Delegates will be sent to all FMA members in the coming weeks, but here are a few highlights of the actions taken:

  • Promoted Human Trafficking CME as an alternative to mandatory Domestic Violence CME
  • Promoted De-linkage of medical staff privileges from hospital employment contracts
  • Increased the ability for participation of Specialty Medical Societies in the House of Delegates
  • Promoted mandatory reporting of adverse events related to out of hospital births
  • Promoted protection of physician payment in PIP reform
  • Opposed the Constitutional Amendment to legalize marijuana for medical purposes


As your President, I was pleased to serve on your Delegation and would like to commend and thank all of the DCMS Members who volunteered their time away from their practices and their families to support you in the House of Medicine.

We are always looking for members interested in getting involved in organized medicine. If you would like to learn more about the FMA Meeting, or about how you might be able to serve in the future, please feel free to reach out to me directly at 

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