In playing ball, and in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When that time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.
Mr. Henry “Hammerin’ Hank” Aaron
Feb 5, 1934 – Jan 22, 2021
Dear Valued Members and Allies,
Hello, and warm greetings to you during these cold months! You may not realize, but in the MDAFP universe, February is a big month.
Our virtual Advocacy sessions are coming up, coinciding with the third week (of 13) in the 2021 Maryland General Assembly legislative session. The MDAFP leadership and Governmental Advocacy Committee, who are wonderfully aided by our lobbyist J. Steven Wise, Esq., have been coordinating meetings between as many of our members and their legislators as possible. And, later this month, we will also hear Steve’s pulse check on the opportunities and challenges the rest of the session may hold for us.
Then, in three short weeks, we will have the event we have been looking forward to since our cancellation last June… the Annual Meeting and Winter Refresher! Great CME lectures, including a helpful Implicit Bias training, the annual Business Meeting with installation of our outstanding new Officers and Board of Directors, Awards Presentations, a Poster Presentation session, a Knowledge Skills Assessment for Pain Management, and finally, a terrific Trivia Night event to support the MDAFP-Foundation.
FYI, Drs. Jocelyn Hines, Shana Ntiri, Ramona Seidel, and I have already joined a team — and are gearing up to be a force to be reckoned with– so grab your family medicine friends, old or new, and join the fun! 🙂
Naturally, this month also ends my tenure as President and I end it with immense gratitude for the treasured lessons and inspiration gifted me from our strategic Executive Director and Managing Partner, Ms. Becky Wimmer and Mr. Larry Pfeifer, their industrious staff, the insightful and dedicated Board of Directors, the wise and probing Executive Committee, the hard-working Committee Chairs, and you, our members, who are quite simply, our whole reason for being.
Personally, filling this role for the MDAFP has been an opportunity for me to, as Mr. Aaron opined, “do something great” and I, along with the entire MADFP leadership, took our best swing to help the membership, and our communities, in the midst of so many unprecedented events and truly sorrowful losses. It was, and remains, an honor and privilege to do so and I will pass our torch to Jocelyn Hines, MD MBA with utmost confidence in her leadership and integrity.
With gratitude and solidarity,
Mozella Williams, MD MBA