From the President
Dr. Laura Knudson
January 2020

As we all know, one of the richest parts of medicine are the many opportunities we have to learn every day—from patients and colleagues, journals and conferences, family and friends.  MOCMS hopes to make it easy to continue to learn in all of these ways.

Hit the books with the MOCMS Book Club!  Our next book will be “Before We Were Yours” by Lisa Wingate.  Come and discuss (even if you haven’t read the book) on January 10, 2020. 

The best way to learn is with new friends!  Welcome our new members or greet some old acquaintances at the New Member Meet and Greet on January 25, 2020 at Switchyard Brewing. 

Learning CAN be fun with the Third-Annual Enigma Event which has been moved to March 10, 2020 at Upland Conference Room!    Join your colleagues as we puzzle over medical conundrums, nosh on some tasty refreshments and beverages, and always remember to include sarcoidosis on the differential diagnosis.  Unleash your inner geek! 

We continue to support education in our communities through our Healthy Schools Grants, wherein MOCMS donates money to schools who apply for activities that promote student health.  These grants provide long-lasting changes for physical movement, increasing nutrition education, and opportunities for kids to learn about their bodies and health.  Some of the executive committee look forward to awarding the Healthy Schools Grants all year! 

Our own physical education continued on the road and in the ring!  To many Hoosiers, September is synonymous with the very special Hoosiers Outrun Cancer event, and MOCMS has joined the spirit with its own team.  After the success of our Self-Defense October 2019 class, we created a December class so no one felt left out.   

The 2019 Fall General Meeting at the Woolery Stone Mill provided one of the best learning opportunities of the year.  Real-life medical superhero Dr. William Cooke encouraged us to nurture our empathy and advocacy for our patients, especially those affected with poverty and living with stigmatized diseases such as opiate addiction, HIV, and Hepatitis C.  Dr. Cooke’s retelling of his time as the only physician in Austin, IN during the HIV and Hepatitis C epidemic there was inspiring and taught much more than any article could.  Greg May MS Ed.D, from Centerstone in Bloomington, helped us learn how to get care for our patients who want treatment for addiction.  And last but not least, Jon Barada of the Bloomington Health Foundation showed us what far-reaching programs the BHF has created with community support.  The evening was a powerful reminder that learning from our colleagues and patients can inspire and energize, even in challenging circumstances.

One area of medicine affected by stigma and a lack of education in formal medical training is medical cannabis.  Dr. Clark Brittain, a long-time advocate of patients who use medical cannabis, has joined with MOCMS to create a Medical Cannabis Task Force.  It is our hope that we can learn better about the pros and cons of medical cannabis, present the scientific evidence and education to our medical community, and create a plan to move forward with legislation at the ISMA General Assembly this fall.  

I hope that MOCMS continues to foster the love of learning and personal growth that got us all into medicine in the first place, while adding the collegiality and opportunities to give back to our community that help us stay in medicine for the long run.



Laura B. Knudson, MD
Monroe Owen County Medical Society

MOCMS Mission Statement
The Monroe Owen County Medical Society is dedicated to the provision of quality health care in our community.

The efforts of the society shall be directed toward: general supervision of the affairs of the medical profession of the county; improvement in the scientific and professional ability of each physician within its jurisdiction; dissemination of the attitudes and recommendations of the society on technical matters pertaining to the medical aspects of community life;  improvement in the general esteem and prestige which the medical profession possesses in the community; and the inclusion within the membership of the society of all physicians living in the county who are eligible for membership. 

© 2020 by Monroe Owen County Medical Society