President’s Message: Share Your Voice on Medical Aid-in-Dying

Dr. Henry DorkinThis month, members of the MMS will receive a survey asking that they share their perspectives on various forms of medical aid-in-dying, also known as physician-assisted suicide.

This challenging topic has emerged in the news, in the courts, and in legislatures across the country, including here in the Commonwealth. We want to know what you, our members — on the front lines of caring for patients statewide — have to say about the many facets of this conversation. Therefore, we encourage you to complete the survey on this important patient care issue in order to ensure that your voice is heard. The survey should take about 15–20 minutes. If you haven’t received one in your inbox yet, please email dph@mms.org or call (781) 434-7373.

The results of this survey will be available for the 2017 Interim Meeting, to be held this year on December 1–2. Stay tuned for information about the outcomes of the survey, as well as the many other policy decisions that will result from this next meeting of your MMS House of Delegates.

I know that your time is valuable. The survey is voluntary, but in appreciation of your time, we are offering members who complete the survey free access to one MMS end-of-life-focused continuing medical education program.

As a reminder, this important survey is not the only way you can help impact MMS policy moving forward. As the Interim Meeting approaches, members will once again be able to provide testimony online about issues that matter most to them. Please consider using this tool to have a voice in your medical society, on behalf of your patients.

— Henry L. Dorkin, M.D.

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