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    VOLUME 91 No.4 October 2014



    S.O. Else

    The Medical Society was saddened to learn this week of the death of one of our medical community’s most

    valuable members, SomeOne Else. SomeOne’s passing creates a vacancy that will be difficult to fill. Else

    has been with us for many years and for every one of those years, SomeOne did far more than a normal

    person’s share of the work. Whenever leadership was mentioned, this wonderful person was looked to for

    inspiration as well as results: “SomeOne Else can work with that group.” Whenever there was a job to do,

    a resident to teach, a meeting to attend, one name was on everyone’s lists – “Let Someone Else do it.” It

    was common knowledge that SomeOne Else was always the one who was happy to see the unfortunate

    patient with no income or insurance. Whenever the society was called upon to support a charitable or

    community project, everyone just assumed that SomeOne Else would provide what was needed. Some-

    One Else was a wonderful person – sometimes appearing superhuman, but a person can only do so much.

    Were the truth known, everybody expected too much of SomeOne Else. Now SomeOne Else is gone! We

    wonder what we are going to do? SomeOne Else left a wonderful example to follow, but WHO is going to

    follow it? Who is going to do the things SomeOne Else did? When you have a chance to participate in soci-

    ety activities REMEMBER – we can’t depend on SomeOne Else anymore.

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    Suffolk County Medical Society Officers July 1, 2014- June 30, 2015

    PRESIDENT Maria A. Basile, MD

    PRESIDENT-ELECT William R. Spencer Jr., MD

    VICE PRESIDENT Alexios Apazidis, MD

    SECRETARY Christine Doucet, MD

    TREASURER Ramin Rak, MD

    EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Stuart S. Friedman, MPS

    OFFICE MANAGER/EDITOR Barbara Baumgarten




    Suffolk Academy of Medicine Officers July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015

    PRESIDENT William R. Spencer Jr., MD

    VICE PRESIDENT Alexios Apazidis, MD

    SECRETARY Christine Doucet, MD

    TREASURER Ramin Rak, MD

    Suffolk County Medical Society Bulletin October 2014

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    Upcoming Meeting Schedule

    Executive Committee Board of Directors

    November 4 (Tuesday) December 9 (Tuesday)

    January 7 (Wednesday) February 11 (Wednesday)

    March 11 (Wednesday) April 8 (Wednesday)

    May 13 (Wednesday) May 29 (Friday)**

    **Annual Meeting-Place TBD

    All Meetings start at 6 PM and are held at the SCMS office.


    Doctors of Tomorrow Symposium - Wednesday, Nov. 19th

    MSSNY LEGISLATIVE DAY - Albany, Wednesday, March 4th

    Review of Resolutions - Wednesday, April 29th

    House of Delegates - Saratoga, Friday, May 1st - 3rd

    Annual Meeting - Friday, May 29th

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    Suffolk County Medical Society Bulletin October 2014

    President’s Page President’s Page President’s Page --- Maria A. Basile, MDMaria A. Basile, MDMaria A. Basile, MD

    PHYSICIAN LEADERSHIP – What We DID Learn In Medical School

    Greetings from the House of Medicine! As President of our Suffolk County Medical Society, the premier professional organization for the physicians of Suffolk County, I am calling out to each of you to define your role as a physician leader.

    I know you’re out there – nose to the grindstone, seeing patients, taking calls, operating, making rounds, at- tending meetings, writing papers, teaching. And above all that, you’re spending time with your family and friends, celebrating and mourning, worshipping and shopping, playing and relaxing, taking care of everyone close to you, and yourself – right? Doing your best to try to make it all work. It doesn’t seem like there is time to understand and develop your role as a leader.

    The good news is you already ARE. Every day you are a leader. Whether you are solving a problem with the 40-page discharge summary that just jammed your fax machine, writing a letter to MSSNY or the NY Times about the real story behind the piece they just published, or guiding one of your patients and his family through a complicated plan of treatment, you are a physician leader.

    Since 2009, the Gallup polls have identified physicians among the top most trusted advisors and leaders in people’s lives. They (with other healing professions, such as nurses and pharmacists) are identified as the leaders who are the most honest and trustworthy when people think about their own healthcare as well as when they form opinions about healthcare reforms.


    All around me I see examples of strong physician leaders, formal leaders who are Chief Medical Officers, Clini- cal Department Chairs, Section or Service Line Chiefs, elected officers of our medical staffs, heads of commit- tees. I also see physicians who are informal leaders, without hospital titles, who are by behavior and reputa- tion, respected leaders and influencers in our community, well positioned to champion clinical quality initia- tives, physician-hospital collaboratives, and effect true cultural change.

    I’m trying not to sound like the little kid in the 1999 movie, Sixth Sense, when I say “I see Physician Leaders,” but I do. I see them everywhere; I see them leading hospitals and hospital systems, (Continued on page 4)

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    Suffolk County Medical Society Bulletin October 2014

    medical staffs, departments, and committees. In our community, I see them leading businesses, parent-groups and school boards, coaching sports teams, leading choirs, and medical missions. Our President-elect at the Suffolk County Medical Society, William Spencer, was the first physician elected to the Suffolk County Legisla- ture, demonstrating his role as a physician leader and public health advocate.

    And you – you are a leader, just as I am, because of the trusted role that we play in people’s lives. Another Gallup poll of 10,000 respondents asked what qualities people seek most from their leaders. They answered: Trust, Compassion, Stability, and Hope. That’s how I know that you and I are not just physician leaders, but can be great physician leaders. Because the things we learned in medical school and training – building trust, demonstrating compassion, fostering stability, and inspiring hope are the qualities that we offer our patients, bring to the board room, to the negotiating table, to Albany, and into our own neighborhoods and homes every encounter, every day.

    President’s Page President’s Page President’s Page --- Maria A. Basile, MDMaria A. Basile, MDMaria A. Basile, MD (Continued from page 3)


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    Suffolk County Medical Society Bulletin October 2014

    Message From SCMS Councilor Message From SCMS Councilor Message From SCMS Councilor

    Frank G. Dowling, MDFrank G. Dowling, MDFrank G. Dowling, MD


    When the ISTOP Bill was first introduced, the bill required physicians to personally look up each patient and

    enter each controlled prescription into the PMP Database before handing the prescription to each patient.

    Your SCMS Leadership and MSSNY Physician and Staff Leadership were successful in removing the require-

    ment to enter each prescription before giving the script to a patient. And we were successful in convincing

    Albany leadership to amend the bill to allow a Designee to look up each patient and supply the PMP informa-

    tion to each physician. In my practice, office staff looks up and prints the PMP information each evening for

    the slate of patients scheduled the following day. The Designee saves each physician in our offices at least

    30-60 minutes per day. The Designee saves each physician countless hours and thousands of dollars each

    year, while the PMP information provided informs each physician when they prescribe. If you want SCMS

    and MSSNY leadership to keep access to Albany leadership so we can continue to have an impact on legisla-

    tion that impacts patients and physicians in NY State, then we need your support. If each physician contrib-

    utes to MSSNYPAC at the Benefactor ($300) level, for less than a dollar per day we can work to achieve physi-

    cians’ collective negotiations and more. To contribute to MSSNYPAC CLICK HERE or go to

    and click on MSSNYPAC link on the top of the page.


    In recent years we