President’s Message

November, 2019

Strategic Planning
Dr. Mozella Williams, MD MBA

“Perception is strong and sight weak. In strategy it is important to see distant things as if they were close and to take a distanced view of close things.”

~Miyamoto Musashi, legendary Japanese swordsman

Of the many fulfilling aspects in being a part of the MDAFP leadership, working with the Board of Directors (BoD) and our Executive staff to craft and execute a strategic plan is certainly one where I have found both enjoyment and humility.  So, our Fall meetings where the BoD annually gathers to appraise the progress in our strategic plan, share ideas, and seek to find both the needed perception and sight Miyamoto spoke of always holds so much promise.

In all sincerity though we rely upon you, our members, for your gifts of perception and sight as well!  

What is going on in your work as a Family Physician and in your art of Family Medicine? 

Where are your joys and triumphs?  

How does discouragement creep in? 

I wonder if you see your responses reflected in the four main themes of our  strategic plan.  I am betting that you do. (Or, if not, I hope we hear from you soon!) As your BoD works toward building more partnership scaffolding for the MDAFP, both internally and with other key stakeholders, I hope you have found a way of making your voice heard.

Did you see the Speak Out emails for your legislators? If not, do not worry. We will be sending another one in November.

Have you blocked your calendar for Advocacy Day in Annapolis on March 5, 2020? Or, or maybe for the AAFP Family Medicine Advocacy Summit in May?

Over these past few weeks I have been heartened in the opportunity to sit with some of our members and hear their passion, ideas, and insights about their work in Family Medicine. I know so many of you draw upon your creativity, compassion and commitment to help the lives of your patients every day. So, as the leaves crunch under feet and we watch autumn once again blanket Maryland with its beautiful foliage, remember that the MDAFP is here to support you!


Mozella Williams, MD MBA




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