STEPPING INTO THE LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL
am truly grateful for the honor and privilege to be serving alongside all of you as the President of the Greater Louisville Medical Society .
As we are beginning the end of the COVID-19 pandemic that has greatly affected the world , we must continue to work together in a collective effort to bring this pandemic to a stop . One immediate need we have before us is to effectively and convincingly encourage our patients to get their COVID-19 vaccines . Research clearly shows that patients trust their doctors for information about COVID-19 and the highly successful vaccinations that are combating it . I personally ask each of my patients if they have received the vaccine . And for those who have not , I ask them to share their reasons and then look for opportunities to share with them why getting the vaccine is the right thing to do . We must speak to our patients and encourage them to get vaccinated and we must not let up now . Let ’ s double down , to help us finish this race strong , GLMS will soon be sharing some excellent resources to assist you in communicating with your patients about the COVID-19 vaccine .
We will be sending out great resources to help us all encourage our patients to get vaccinated , one of which is titled “ From Concern to Confidence : How Physicians Can Build Trust in COVID-19 Vaccines .” It explains some valuable things you can do to improve vaccine acceptance among your patient families and even has some excellent research-based talking points that give suggestions for clear and productive conversations about COVID-19 vaccines .
Because of the numerous challenging and complex issues physicians face today , one of the most foundational and critical items we need to address , both as individual physicians and collectively as a profession , is leadership development . To develop as leaders , we must grow , both professionally and personally . Personal growth is a prerequisite for professional growth . Over this next year , a major theme will be physician leadership development as we will seek to provide opportunities to help all of our physician members grow personally and professionally , from each one ’ s starting point .
We have had many great Kentucky physician leaders show us the way . Our very own Dr . Bruce Scott was re-elected last year as Speaker of the American Medical Association , after serving a previous year as Speaker and four years prior as Vice Speaker . Dr . Steven Stack , our Commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Public Health , and a recent past president of the AMA , is highly regarded nationally . Dr . Ralph Alvarado serves as a Kentucky Senator for the 28th District after being first elected in 2014 . He is the first Hispanic person elected to the Kentucky General Assembly . Dr . Frank Burns , who is a past President of GLMS and our outgoing GLMS Board Chair , has truly led by example and blazed a trail through Frankfort engaging more physicians in the legislative process to fight and win important issues in medicine for our patients , our communities and our noble profession .
Dr . Monalisa Tailor , our outgoing GLMS President , led our medical society through one of its toughest years in history with the COVID-19 pandemic . During this challenging year , Dr . Tailor also helped create and navigate pathways forward in response to racism by creating an important series on the racial inequalities in medicine . If you haven ’ t watched it yet , I highly recommend it . Dr . Wayne Tuckson played a major role in helping us break through racial barriers , becoming the first African American GLMS President in 2018 . Dr . Tuckson also has his own TV show on KET where he takes on numerous health issues in Kentucky as the host of Kentucky Health .
Another example is Dr . Sarah Moyer who , just a few years ago , developed the new gold standard for how to fight a hepatitis A outbreak and win . Her model is now standard throughout
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