We have our own legislative committee and join together with other county medical societies and specialty societies to strengthen the South Carolina Medical Association (SCMA), which is the voice of healthcare in our state.  Each year we send delegates and alternate delegates to the SCMA annual meeting which can be a great way to engage in policy discussions.  There are many other ways to influence policy.  For more on the legislative priorities of the SCMA, see http://www.scmedical.org/advocacy/legislative-initiatives/

FCMS Committee: pending

Authorized by Bylaws adopted in 2020 and we are now looking for members.  Article III list three purposes for the committee:

1) Monitor policy development at the national, state, and local levels that is of importance to the public health and profession of medicine, and notify the Executive Committee of advocacy opportunities for members of this Society.

2) Promote meaningful interactions among regional state legislators and this Society throughout the year, and especially during the annual policy forum.

3) Support any member desiring to write a resolution for the SCMA annual meeting, and recommend a position on such resolution(s) to the Executive Committee.

SCMA Annual Meeting, April 22-25 2021

Delegates and Alternates (for every 20 SCMA members in Florence County, as well as *members of the Board of Trustees)
Reference committees are venue for most policy development and discussion and these volunteer assignments are still pending.  www.scmedical.org/events/2021-scma-annual-meeting/
  • Joseph Hoyle* (leader)
  • Rishika Motiani
  • Deepak Chowdhary
  • Charles Stonerock
  • Jasmin Singh
  • Mark Jones
  • Dorn Smith
  • John Pittard
  • Stephen Imbeau*
  • Daniel Hyler
  • John Ropp*
  • Our delegates will meet virtually with delegates from other counties in District Five (Chesterfield, Darlington, Florence, Marlboro) on the Thursday evening of the first day of the meeting, 8pm.  

Other Leadership from our District

· John Ropp, SCMA Political Action Committee (SCMedPAC) www.scmedical.org/advocacy/sc-medpac/ and President-Elect, SCMA

· Stephen Imbeau, AMA Political Action Committee (AMPAC) www.ampaconline.org/

· Deidre Tyson, Diabetes Initiative

Committee Volunteer Roles: pending

Resolution process:

  • Please submit only urgent and timely resolutions. When considering your resolution please realize that some resolutions are complex and warrant a full in-person debate. Such resolutions may be better considered for the following year when we are planning to be together in-person.  We look forward to that time.  In the event that we receive a high number of Resolutions which will be difficult to handle virtually due to the added time of technology, the Speaker and Vice-Speaker will decide which Resolutions are most timely to move forward and may have to hold some for 2022 when we expect to resume in-person debate. We hope this is not needed but provide this information in advance of submissions in order to encourage thoughtful submissions during the COVID virtual platform.
  • Debate will be limited to one minute for each person speaking in the House of Delegates and two minutes for each person speaking Reference Committees.
  • Most of your debate should be done in the Reference Committees. Please plan to attend the Reference Committee as the debate should take place there with minimal debate on the House floor.
  • The Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House of Delegates will have the authority to move debate that is running too long to the end of the meeting to ensure all other business can be completed.
  • All resolutions must be submitted to the SCMA Board of Trustees at least thirty (30) days prior to the opening session of the House of Delegates (by close of business March 24, 2021). To submit your resolution to the Board of Trustees, please email the resolution in a Word document to Natalie Salley.  Click here to view an example of a resolution.
  • Late resolutions will not be accepted. If there is an exceptional reason why a resolution needs to be heard and added late (i.e.: a specialty society member whose society met late prompting a late resolution) then those will be handled on a case by case basis as directed in the SCMA Bylaws.
  • We will be utilizing the Zoom platform for the House of Delegates. Delegates and Alternate Delegates will be asked to download the Zoom app for free. (download Zoom here: https://zoom.us/download).
  • Alternate Delegates (when not sitting for a Delegate) and guests will be able to access the HOD via a special Zoom link within the Whova platform.

SCMedPAC: https://www.scmedical.org/advocacy/sc-medpac/
SCMA legislative priorities: https://www.scmedical.org/advocacy/legislative-initiatives/

Past District 5 Reports (Chesterfield-Darlington-Florence-Marlboro)

1. June 2020

2. October 2020

3. January 2021

4. March 2021

5. 2020 Annual Report

2020 SCMA District Five Survey Report by Dr. Hoyle

Although membership in the SCMA has continued to decline, especially in the last ten years, the number of physicians in South Carolina has increased relative to the population. 1 These trends are troubling, especially as the lack of support from other physicians is linked to physician burnout, which is – at it’s core emotional exhaustion, and has a strong bidirectional dose-response relationship with medical errors. Burnout is also a leading reason for physicians to leave a health care organization, resulting in the need for recruitment and training of a new physician.

Please click on this link to view the full report.

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