Massachusetts Medical Society: Casual Networking Events Bring Physicians Together across the Commonwealth

Casual Networking Events Bring Physicians Together across the Commonwealth

By Bill Howland, MBA, MMS Director of Member Engagement
Networking Events Bring Physicians Together
Physicians and their guests gathered in Hyannis for hors d’oeuvres and drinks, hosted by the MMS.

The MMS is offering programs and services that foster professional networking and restore community among physicians, in response to shifts in the health care landscape that have eroded physicians’ traditional means of connecting.

For medical societies, the explicit role of building physician communities is fairly new. Traditionally, the MMS has served physicians across the Commonwealth by providing advocacy, education, and practice management support. But as health care is increasingly consolidated, delivered by large systems and groups, the forums in which physicians met across practices and specialties — such as hospital rounding — have been disrupted.

The Evolution of Networking

This evolution and its implications were highlighted in a 2015 report of the American Association of Medical Society Executives: “By nature of their employment, many physicians have fewer opportunities to network and connect with physicians who are not affiliated with their organization or institution. The difficulty in meeting physicians from other organizations and institutions is an area that medical societies can address by being a bridge and connector for all physicians.” Medical societies also play a critical role in community-building for physicians in independent practices.

Under the leadership of MMS President Alain A. Chaoui, MD, FAAFP, these new Medical Society initiatives span the spectrum. The simplest involve adding dedicated networking time to MMS meetings. Other programs are developed expressly to promote physician well-being and address burnout. In addition, the MMS has taken its networking on the road, hosting events open to members and their guests as well as nonmember physicians.

These informal gatherings offer a chance for physicians to connect with colleagues from across organizations and specialties, make new professional contacts, and meet members of the MMS leadership in nonclinical settings. Recent events have been held in Boston, Fitchburg, and Hyannis.

Upcoming Events

Please plan to join members and friends and share some cheer at one or more of these complimentary events:

  • Thursday, March 21, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Samuel’s, Springfield, MA
  • Thursday, March 28, 2019, 6:30–8:30 p.m. The Cove Restaurant, Fall River, MA
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