News from the FMA Alliance Legislative Loop
Tallahassee — The Florida Medical Association (FMA) applauded the Florida House’s passage of the FMA’s priority medical liability reform bill, HB 827:
“On behalf of our 20,000 physician members across the state, the FMA commends the Florida House for joining the Senate in passing this critical piece of legislation, which represents a major victory for medicine in Florida,” said Vincent DeGennaro, MD, FMA President. “For years, we have fought to correct unfair imbalances in the tort system that are hostile to doctors. The passage of HB 827 isn’t just a victory for physicians. Making our state a friendlier place to practice medicine attracts more doctors to Florida, which increases Florida patients’ access to care.”
“We thank our House sponsor, Rep. Matt Gaetz, for championing these essential medical liability reforms,” said FMA Executive Vice President Timothy J. Stapleton. “We are also grateful to our sponsor in the Senate, Sen. Tom Lee, and the leadership of both Senate President Don Gaetz and House Speaker Will Weatherford. We look forward to Governor Scott signing HB 827 into law.”
The St. Johns County Medical Alliance visited Flagler Hospital Doctors' Dining Room and left presents from the Junior Alliance of Medicine.
Junior Alliance members made “Happy Doctors’ Day” hearts atop messaged tongue depressors to decorate white coat pockets (along with the real depressors) :-)
History of National Doctors’ DayOn March 30, 1958, a Resolution Commemorating Doctors’ Day was adopted by the United States House of Representatives. In 1990, legislation was introduced in the House and Senate to establish a National Doctors’ Day. Following overwhelming approval by the US Senate and the House of Representatives, on October 30, 1990, President George Bush signed S.J. Res. #366 (which became Public Law 101-473) designating March 30th as “National Doctors’ Day.” Today, the red carnation is commonly used as the symbolic flower for National Doctors’ Day.
The Medical Alliance presented cash awards to the first place winners in Medicine and Health at both the junior and senior levels in the Medicine and Health Category. The winners (both physician’s daughters) were Becky Volk, left, junior division; “Color Blindness Confusion” and Caroline Snowden, right, senior division.The overall senior winner was Caroline Snowden, a senior from Ponte Vedra High School. Her project dealt with “Epigenetic differences in fetal murine liver associated with transgenerational inheritance of metabolic disease.” It looked at the results of mice that did not get enough to eat while they were pregnant and how that translated to obesity and insulin resistance problems in future generations. These students will represent our region at the 58th State Science and Engineering Fair March 26, 2013. We are proud to have these two fine scientists represent our medical community.
Special thanks to Tessy Goyenechea-Dieguez, MD for representing us as a judge in this all-county science fair
CHILDHOOD OBESITY A CONCERN FOR JUNIOR ALLIANCE OF MEDICINE
By Jeani Taliaferro, JAM Advisor
The St. Johns County Junior Alliance of Medicine (JAM), wants to educate the community about childhood obesity. Recent studies in the news have made this issue an urgent cause for the group and they want to spread a message throughout the community.
The students presented a display at Ancient City Kids Day this year, warning everyone to "Look Out For Childhood Obesity". The presentation also showed visitors to the booth how important it is to look for physical activity and a healthy diet, especially sugary drinks, that recent studies show are closely linked to this problem.
Members of JAM led all visitors in some exercise activities and gave away heart-shaped whistles labeled with a message to "Get Fit for Healthy Hearts!". In addition, visitors were offered eyeball stickers and glow-in-the-dark sticky eyes reminding them to "Watch out!"
The Junior Alliance, works with the support of the St. Johns County Medical Alliance and is comprised mostly of the children of local physicians and other youth interested in health related issues affecting our community. Many are involved in the ongoing project at the Wildflower Clinic creating health education displays for their waiting room.
JAM also plans to offer their project for display at local schools in the coming months.
Support Local Students
Donate to the St. Johns County
Medical Alliance (SJCMA)
2012 Holiday Share Card
Proceeds benefit the
SJCMA College Scholarship Fund
The St. Johns County Medical Alliance, in conjunction with the St. Johns County Medical Society, has provided over $30,000 in college scholarship funds in recent years.
For your donation, your name will appear inside the Holiday Share Card along with other donors. The card will be mailed to ALL physicians and Flagler Hospital administrative offices. It’s an opportunity share holiday greetings with everyone.
Your donation will directly provide scholarship funds for St. Johns County graduating seniors who are pursuing an education in medicine or allied health.
Suggested donation amount to have your name or group appear inside the Holiday Share Card: $200, $100, or $75.
Make your check payable to:
St. Johns County Medical Alliance
c/o Ann Olds
251 South Matanzas Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
Donations must be received by December 12, 2012