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July 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 1
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Turning Over the Presidential Gavel

This has certainly been an interesting year as president of the Dade County Medical Association (DCMA). Despite all the obstacles, we successfully re-launched Miami Medicine magazine as a peer-reviewed journal publishing articles of scientific interest to the physician community in South Florida and providing free continuing medical education (CME) opportunities for DCMA members. We established the first Quality Designation program based on input from practicing physicians that eliminates bias and is of value to both patients and physicians. We also added live CME activities that met the re-licensure needs of all physicians, both MD and DO, in the most convenient form available in the state.

While these are great accomplishments for any year, the second half of this presidential term was also dominated by the coronavirus pandemic. The DCMA has been stalwart in supporting local physicians and their families. When no one could get personal protective equipment (PPE), the DCMA was able to secure enough supplies to protect both practicing physicians and their families. Throughout the pandemic, the DCMA has continued to be a resource for information, provide educational webinars and guidance on legislation, and offer assistance with supplies that have been hard to obtain otherwise. As this pandemic winds down and things return to normal, the DCMA will continue to support local physicians.
 
Fortunately, the incoming president of the DCMA, Dr. Rudolph Moise, is an excellent physician and outstanding leader. A retired Air Force colonel, Dr. Moise has had extensive experience in patient care and practice management. He is the best person to help lead South Florida’s medical community as we reopen the region and remove the restrictions put in place for the pandemic.
 
It has been an honor to serve as president of the DCMA this past year. The perspective as president has allowed me to gain a deeper understanding of the many good and heroic things South Florida physicians do every day. I am grateful to be able to practice among some of the best physicians in the country.

Dr. Antonio Mesa is President of the Dade County Medical Association and Miami Medicine Editor-in-Chief. For more information, contact the DCMA at (305) 324-8717.

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