From the President
Dr. Laura Knudson
 December 2020

Finally, here is Winter 2020.

2020 has both whizzed by and stretched out interminably.  Our world, jobs, homes and lives all look very different this December than they did a year ago.  Some of those changes will blessedly be temporary, some may be for the better, and some losses will forever leave an impression.  MOCMS has moved with these changes as well, attempting to adapt and create safe spaces for learning, camaraderie and member-directed change. 

MOCMS is starting to follow our members’ interests as we explore social determinants of health and systemic racism’s effect on medicine.  Our September General Meeting this year was conducted over Zoom.  Jada Bee from Black Lives Matter-Bloomington introduced us to systemic racism and we followed this with a discussion led by Martin Law of how racism affects medical practice.   In December, ISMA provided the opportunity to hear from Dr. Jerome Adams, Surgeon General of the United States, as he spoke about social determinants of healthcare.  Dr. Rob Stone then led a local MOCMS session where we discussed systemic racism in healthcare.  We all particularly liked Dr. Adams’ quote “People won’t care what you know, until they know that you care.” 

The MOCMS book club has looked at race in medicine when they discussed “Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine” by Dr. Damon Tweedy.  Our in-person book club was socially distanced at a park pavilion and we enjoyed a rousing discussion to keep us warm in the October evening.  We look forward to the book club in January, which will be held at the Switchyard Park Pavilion with masks and open  dock doors as we discuss Sue Klebold’s book “A Mother’s Reckoning: Living in the Aftermath of Tragedy.”   Please RSVP to join—attendance will be limited due to social distancing requirements. 

MOCMS Executive Committee (soon to be known as the Board of Directors) has taken the past few years to revise its bylaws and election protocols, and we believe we have a set of excellent practices that will be very consistent and transparent.  Please be on the lookout for these changes in your email in the coming months.  We were delighted to have such a strong response of candidates for upcoming absences on the board, and we welcome any members with interest in joining the board to let us know.  We are also planning on “going green” with our newsletter—see the announcement in the December 2020 newsletter, particularly if you would like a paper copy mailed to you. 

We would be remiss if we didn’t mention the recent passing of two colleagues in our medical community.  Dr. Adam Spaetti (Internal Medicine) passed away unexpectedly on November 14, 2020.  He is survived by his wife, Dawn, and six children.  MOCMS donated to Cedars Christian School Scholarship Fund in his memory.  Dr. William Anderson (OB-Gyn) passed away on December 4, 2020.  He is survived by his wife, Janet, and their three children and six grandchildren.  MOCMS plans a donation in his honor as well.  Both Dr. Spaetti and Dr. Anderson will be deeply missed by their family, friends, colleagues and patients. 

As we see COVID-19 cases climb again, please keep in mind our colleagues in the ER, hospital, rehab and long-term care settings.  These colleagues bear the brunt of COVID-19 cases and deaths.  If you can, please send a little note, meal, or other form of cheer their way.  We are used to stress in medicine, but a long-term, recurrent crisis is an entirely different thing.  


I wish you comfort and kindness as we enter the New Year.    MOCMS is here for you, and wants to know how we can help you best.  Let’s keep in touch. 

Laura B. Knudson, MD
Monroe Owen County Medical Society

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. 

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