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Featuring recent events 

The Fall General Meeting was held at Oliver Winery and featured speaker John Ruckelshaus, ISMA Vice President of Governmental Affairs, who gave a recap of the 2022 Indiana State Medical Association Convention and a review of the 2023 legislative session.

MOCMS Spring General Meeting
IU Baseball/Family Outing in May 2022.
Dr. Rachel and Joe Manley's son, Ethan was selected to throw out the first pitch!



Spring General Meeting
IU Baseball/Family Outing


2022 Fall General Meeting


MOCMS Board member Dr. Emily Manlove facilitated a Clifton Strengths Seminar for Women in Medicine in March 2022.


Women In Medicine

2021 Fall General Meeting
held at the new RAHC



The Monroe Owen County Medical Society was once again able to meet in person on Wednesday, October 20, 2021 for their Fall General Meeting. This year’s event was held at the beautiful IU Health Sciences Building, which is attached to the new IU Health Bloomington Hospital.

Following are some highlights from the guest speakers…

Dr. Kathy Hiller, Associate Dean and Director of the IU School of Medicine-Bloomington shared that the Indiana University School of Medicine is the largest medical school in the country and includes nine campuses.

The IU Bloomington Health Sciences includes the Nursing, Optometry, Social Work, Medical Sociology, Public Health and Speech Language and Hearing Sciences.

Classes are held on the Bloomington campus at the Biology Building (Jordan Hall), Myers Hall and the Regional Academic Health Center Health Sciences Building. IUSM at the RAHC includes 7000 square feet of teaching and administrative space, anatomy lab, two large classroom labs, medical student lounge, conference room and a 11,500 sq ft SIM center.  

There are plans within the next few years to have Residency programs in Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine and Internal on the Bloomington Campus.

Brian Shockney, President of IU Health South Central Region and MaryAnn Valenta, IU Health Director of Alignment and Integration reported the plans to move to the new IUH Bloomington Hospital facility. With the support from IU Health state-wide system, the patient move will be completed in one 12-hour shift on Sunday, December 5th.

The new ED will open at 3:00 am and the old ED will close when the last patient leaves the building. This will all occur with the collaboration of INDOT, City of Bloomington, and IUPD. IU Health and IU will also collaborate with the SIM center and shared meeting spaces.

The new IU Health Bloomington Hospital is a 356-bed acute care hospital, and includes a Stroke Center, Level 3 Trauma Center, Level 2 NICU, Infusion Center and Outpatient Clinic Space.

Julie Reed, ISMA Executive VP, updated physicians on the annual convention that was held virtually in September. The primary purposes of the ISMA convention are as follows:

  *Required to be held at least annually, during which the business and legislative sessions of the House of Delegates shall be held.

  *Elect ISMA Officers and AMA Delegates (the slate of officers and delegates can be found on the ISMA website, ).

  *Make policy-Voting members of the HOD (2021) 263

Approximately twice the number of typical resolutions were filed this year; as Julie stated, this was one for the history books. 105 total resolutions were considered, and nearly three quarters of these were adopted in some form. The remaining resolutions were either referred to the board for action, referred to the board for study or not adopted.

New Member Meet and Greet

In February, MOCMS hosted a New Member Meet and Greet at Switchyard Brewery. 



The MOCMS Enigma was held on March 10th at the Upland Conference Center. Presenters included Drs. Eric Knabel, Greg Sidell and Mayo Mehrizi.

Fall General Meeting

October Book Club

On October 1st, MOCMS Book Club met at an outdoor location in Bryan Park to have a socially distanced discussion about the book,  Black Man in a White Coat.
The discussion sparked a meaningful conversation and stretched our views regarding unconscious bias in medicine. Dr. Christal Greene was the facilitator.

The 2020 MOCMS Fall General Meeting
was held virtually on September 29th. Jada Bee, from BLM Bloomington, provided a Zoom presentation on how to start the journey in anti-racism and confronting white supremacy from a
Black perspective. After the presentation,
there was a Q&A session which included
questions asking physicians to look
at their medical profession and how
violence, suppression and stigma could
be implicit in the culture of medicine.
The discussion continued on how physicians could apply the concepts to their medical practices.

Team MOCMS supports Hoosiers Outrun Cancer

From Las Vegas to Afghanistan, from the B-Line to Utah, HOC participants walked and ran virtually for the cause. 
This year’s event, held on Saturday, September 26th, received worldwide virtual support and raised over $250,000 to provide free virtual mental health and wellness support groups to local cancer patients and their families! Thank you TEAM MOCMS and sponsors for another successful year.
Pictured are Dr. Michelle Baechtold and her husband Paul.


US Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams speaks at ISMA Webinar

On December 4th, ISMA sponsored a webinar featuring Dr. Jerome Adams which was informative and worthwhile. Dr. Adams talked about unconscious biases in an interesting way - “Studies show that 75-80% of people think they are ‘above average’ drivers. We have all sorts of biases, and it’s natural to have them.” He went on to explain why racial bias is harder to see, to admit to, and more damaging. In talking about how unconscious bias among physicians may lead patients to distrust their doctors, he said, “Patients need to know that you care before they will care what you know.” 
He talked about “racial humility" and although he didn’t have any quick fixes, he likened the process of changing attitudes about race and racism to a marathon. “The hardest part of a marathon is the last couple of miles. Your legs feel like lead. You’re ready to quit. Push on - we
are closer than ever.” 
After his presentation MOCMS participants continued in a breakout session. A special thank you to Dr. Rob Stone who moderated a wonderful, thought-provoking discussion!

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