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Medical Care Organizations Telemedicine Perspectives

Colleague Interview: Several TCMS physicians were invited to provide their perspectives on the proposed changes to MMA’s governance structure. • Michael Ainslie, M.D., pediatric endocrinologist, TCMS Trustee to the MMA Board, former chair, MMA Board of Trustees, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates, former president of TCMS; • Benjamin Chaska, M.D., family physician, TCMS Trustee to the MMA Board, chair of the 2012 MMA Governance Task Force, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates; • Stuart Cox, M.D., otolaryngologist, TCMS Trustee to the MMA Board, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates, former president of TCMS; • Ronnell Hansen, M.D., radiologist, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates, former president of TCMS; • Carolyn McClain, M.D., emergency medicine, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates, at-large director, TCMS Board of Directors; • Douglas Pryce, M.D., internal medicine, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates; • Thomas Siefferman, M.D., pediatrics, delegate to the MMA House of Delegates, former president of TCMS.

Michael Ainslie, M.D. You have made the decision to join MMA and TCMS. Why did you make that decision? I joined because my clinic was part of the organized medicine section. I wasn’t active until about 15 years ago when health care reform appeared on the horizon. I felt, and still feel, that it is important to be involved in that.

The attendance numbers for the MMA House of Delegates have steadily been going down over the last 10 years. Do you believe this is because the House of Delegates structure is outdated or is it just a fact that fewer members want to go to meetings today? A little of both. Relevancy is the key. Many feel that what is discussed is not immediately relevant to their practice. We always have to ask the question: How will this decision help a physician’s practice? How do we ensure that we are hearing from members on key advocacy issues when they don’t seem interested in attending the House of Delegates? Listening sessions that may be coming are a way to keep connected in your area.

What would you say to younger physicians who tend not to be joiners as to why they should join MMA/TCMS? What is your “elevator speech” on why to join?

The supporters of MMA’s new governance proposal have argued that it is needed to find better ways to engage more members on the key public policy issues facing physicians today. Critics see it as removing members from the policy decision making. What do you believe?

Your specialty helps you in your education. MMA/TCMS helps you in your profession. No one else cares about your practice of medicine.

It has the potential to really help get more physicians — both members and non-members involved. It also has the potential to isolate the governance and staff from the members.

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May/June 2013

MetroDoctors

The Journal of the Twin Cities Medical Society

MMA Proposed Governance Changes  

In this issue: Perspectives on MMA Proposed Governance Changes, Health Eating Active Living Resolution Success, Updates from the East & West...

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