President’s Message

May 2020

When the ‘New Normal’ is Just Plain New”

Hello all,

The new normal. Like you, I suspect, I have read and heard this phrase countless times in the past few weeks. In fact, writing the regular clinical update just this week I used this exact idiom seeking to encourage my staff as we marked the 6-week anniversary of our abrupt (though thankfully successful) launch of telehealth services. I see and hear about the ‘new normal’ everywhere, but rather than irritating me I have found it helps me find a calmer place. I become, if only for a few moments, more reflective and able to take in a larger view.

 

As Family Medicine physicians we can hold a special appreciation for this phrase having had such broad training and professional experiences, and practicing our craft in a wide array of settings and structures. Arguably, our specialty’s concept of ‘normal’ life in healthcare has never found a tidy label. Whatever lies next — behind an exam room door, in the next clinical or stakeholder meeting, an incoming case to review — we tend to accept and honor. 

 

So, when my thoughts turned to our newest Family Medicine physicians, I wondered what the new normal means to someone who is, well, new. New to finding an identity as a new physician instead of student leaner, new to the ownership and responsibility of a patient’s care and wellbeing, new to entering medical orders which (I remember was so strange at first) no longer need a co-sign, and in most cases new to the healthcare organizations they will be joining.

 

Among all the plans disrupted this Spring, my heart went out to our medical students who would not have Match Day ceremony in March nor, most, a graduation ceremony in May. The enormous amount of work and dedication in a bizarre anti-climax that none of us could have predicted. Yet, we all know that time marches forward and brings new change, promise, and (thankfully) Family Physicians!

 

To the 12 Family Medicine matched medical students from Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland (listed below), I wish you a heartfelt Congratulations on behalf of the entire MDAFP!  Your presence and participation in our activities is always a treasure and we wish you all best as you start your career.

 

To the 28 new Family Medicine residents among our four Maryland programs (listed below), I offer a most hearty welcome to our great state and the MDAFP! I know you will find great mentorship and leadership among our outstanding members.

 

And to all, I hope you are finding a new professional normal. Never hesitate to contact the MDAFP office if you need help in finding resources for your practice.

 

In solidary and appreciation,

Mozella Williams, MD MBA


Johns Hopkins SOM

Sabah Khan, MD                                 Overlook Medical Center in New Jersey


University of Maryland School of Medicine

Alexandra Alberto, MD                       George Washington University SOM

Eric Johnson, MD                                Meharry University SOM

Neha Choubey, DO                             Edward via College of COM

Shilpa Das, DO                                    Philadelphia COM

Venkata Divakaruni, MD                     Lewis Katz SOM

Benjamin Gillingham, MD                  Medical College of Wisconsin

Destiny Martin, MD                            American Univ of Antigua

Rutvij Pandya, MD                              Univ. of MD SOM

Ololade Sanusi, MD                            Univ. of MD SOM

Tauhid Mahmud, DO                          Albert Einstein COM


MedStar Franklin Square

Stephanie Davis, MD                           Georgetown University SOM

Seychelle Devries, MD                        George Washington University SOM

Michael Harding, MD                          Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences

Peyton Kremer, DO                             Edward Via COM

Dylan Lindauer, MD                            University of Oklahoma SOM

Crystal Pristell, MD                             Ohio University SOM

Martine Randolph, MD                       Boston University SOM

Sarah Robinson, MD                           Liberty University SOM


Meritus Health

Christopher Larrimore, DO MS           Nova Southeastern University COM; Johns Hopkins University

Mariana Leone, MD MPH                   Universidad Autónoma de Guadalajara Facultad de Medicina; George Washington University

Caleb Lougheed, DO                           Philadelphia COM
Rashmi Singh, DO                               Ohio University Heritage COM

Opetomi “Tomi” Seriki, DO MPH        Rowan University COM; Drexel University

Jose Tamayo, MD, MBA                      Ateneo School of Medicine and Public Health


U of Maryland Capital Region Health

Brenda Figueroa, MD                          Universidad de El Salvador Facultad de Medicina

Afshan Rehman, MD                           Rawalpindi Medical College

Sonia Haider, MD                                Allama Iqbal Medical College

Oghenetega Nduka, MD                     University of Ibadan College of Medicine


U of Maryland Medical Center

Alexandra Alberto, MD                       George Washington University SOM

Neha Choubey, DO                             Edward via College of COM

Shilpa Das, DO                                    Philadelphia COM

Venkata Divakaruni, MD                     Lewis Katz SOM

Benjamin Gillingham, MD                  Medical College of Wisconsin

Eric Johnson, MD                                Meharry University SOM

Tauhid Mahmud, DO                          Albert Einstein COM

Destiny Martin, MD                            American University of Antigua

Rutvij Pandya, MD                              Univ. of MD SOM

Ololade Sanusi, MD                            Univ. of MD SOM

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