In 2016, under the leadership of CCMS President Dr. A.L. Jones, CCMS provided opportunities for learning, support and networking to its members. Including:
Dr. Jones also presented the CCMS President’s Award to Jeannine Alameda and the Dr. Jay Alameda family.
CCMS sponsored resolutions at the ISMS House of Delegates in April which were accepted and will inform future legislation affecting patient care. CCMS members also serve on various ISMS Councils and Committees.
CCMS members and their families capped off the year with the annual Holiday Membership Meeting at Jupiter’s at the Crossing.
It was a productive year of support for our members and CCMS looks forward to continuing in 2017 as the region’s premier physician membership group acting as the common vehicle representing our physicians in Champaign.
"Update on Zika Virus" & Travel Medicine for 2016 Rio Summer Olympics
Dr. Vidya Sundareshan, an associate professor of clinical medicine in the division of Infectious Diseases at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield, was our featured speaker at the CCMS Spring Membership Meeting held Thursday, April 7th at the I Hotel & Conference Center in Champaign.
Dr. Sundareshan gave an informative “Update on Zika Virus,” which included the latest recommendations from the CDC for travelers to Zika infected areas and particularly for Brazil and the upcoming 2016 Olympics and Paralympics in Rio.
We were honored to have three Paralympians - Raymond Martin (Track & Field), Nichole Millage (Volleyball), and Susannah Scaroni (Marathon) - as guest panelists. All are accomplished athletes who medaled or participated in the 2012 London Paralympics and all three are preparing for the Rio Paralympics. They discussed their preparations for their athletic events as well as for travel to Brazil. Following the panel discussion, they graciously posed for pictures with CCMS members.
Many thanks to Dr. Sundareshan for her time and expertise and to the Paralympians for their excellent contributions to the program. Dr. Sundareshan’s slide deck with latest information on the Zika virus risk and recommendations, including clinical protocols, can be downloaded here. And good luck to the athletes as they prepare and compete in Rio this summer!
CCMS performs a wide variety of services which often go unnoticed by its physician members. These range from making numerous referrals, responding to inquiries, mediating complaints and serving as a local resource for people interested in finding information about health care.
We support our members by providing meetings that cover important topics of interest to practicing physicians as well as to residents, students and retirees; we sponsor activities that provide an opportunity for colleagues to socialize and network; and we help support activities of the UIUC College of Medicine, such as sponsoring awards at its annual Research Symposium.
CCMS is active politically in concert with the Illinois State Medical Society regarding legislation that may affect our patients and practices and we provide opportunities to discuss issues with representatives from both sides of the aisle. CCMS is also a member of the National Quality Forum, allowing us to give a clinician's viewpoint for quality measures being developed that will affect all practicing physicians.