Primary Care Doctors and Specialists
Primary care physicians and specialists both work together for the care of their patients. The day to day challenges of primary care physicians and specialists, however, can be quite different. Traditionally, the County Medical Society has served as a venue that allowed physicans, regardless of their type of practice, to better understand each other and interact professionally and socially.
Membership in county medical societies has seen a decline over the past several decades. At the same time, many physicians now practice only in an office and no longer round at the hospital. Opportunites for physican colleagues to even see each other, let alone interact in a meaningful manner, are becoming more and more limited.
Recently our own society, the Muskegon County Medical Society, hosted a pizza social. It was remarkably well attended and turned out to be great fun. There was a real sense of camaraderie among the physicans participating. Many in attendance recalled the days of medical staff picnics and many of the other MCMS events over the years that helped bring physicans and their families in our community closer together. At the end of the night, many of us wondered how we could continue to build upon the postive energy that was created during our time together.
Technology and social media, in conjunction with the work of the county medical society, will undoubtedly be part of the answer to the question. One example of a new technology bringing physicians closer together is DocbookMD.
DocbookMD: Connecting Physicians through Mobile Technology
DocbookMD is a secure, mobile application that allows physicans to communicate directly with one another quickly and on the go. Physicians can use it to communicate not only about patient care issues, but also to simply stay in touch with one another. Although there are now several companies offering mobile solutions for secure physician to physician communication, DocbookMD was created by physicians, for physicians, and is offered as a benefit to all members of the Michigan State Medical Society.
Many other State Medical Societies are also offering DocbookMD as a benefit to their physican membership. To find out if your medical society offers DocbookMD simply e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-468-2070. The DocbookMD mobile application can be downloaded for mobile and tablet devices in the App store or Google Play. You will need your medical society number for your initial sign-in. Michigan physicans can obtain their specific medical society number by emailing MSMS@MSMS.org or calling (517) 337-1351.
Physicians, I believe, enjoy interacting with each other both professionally and socially. The County Medical Society gives physicians an opportunity to gather and get to know each other personally. In a busy world, technology and social media tools, like DocbookMD, have the potential to help these relationships grow and continue to develop over time, thus complementing the work of the traditional medical society.