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2017 Fall Membership Meeting

CCMS held its 2017 Fall Membership Meeting on Thursday, September 14th at the I-Hotel & Conference in Champaign presenting the program, "Is There a Doctor in the House? What to Do When the Unexpected Happens."

CCMS members enjoy a buffet dinner at the Fall Membership Meeting

CCMS invited experts from Emergency Medicine and Trauma to share tips and tricks that every doctor should know in an emergency. Dr. Brad Weir, Carle EMS & AirLife Medical Director, presented, "When 8 Minutes Feels Like a Lifetime: Emergency Response for Non-Emergency Medicine Physicians;" Dr. Henry Moore, Carle Trauma Program Lead, presented, "Stop the Bleed: Bleeding Control from the American College of Surgeons," showing how to control bleeding for the lay person; and Dr. Raymond Bertino, Peoria, creator of the airRx smart phone app presented, "In Flight Medical Emergencies: Be Prepared to Help," for physicians called on in an emergency while on a flight. Clickable links to the available slides of speaker presentations are included in titles in the paragraph above.

Dr. Michelle Olson and Dr. Brad Weir
Dr. Raymond Bertino demonstrates the airRx app
Dr. Henry Moore discusses how to stop bleeding.

During the meeting, ISMS President Dr. Nestor Ramirez gave a brief update on health insurance reform and recent legislative issues affecting medical practice in the Illinois General Assembly.

Also, the 2017 Physician Champion Awards were presented to Dr. Albert (Terry) England and Dr. Timothy Sehy. Both doctors are being honored for their countless hours of highly regarded efforts teaching medical residents. See more information in the column to the right.

2017 Spring Membership Meeting

Physician Heal Thyself:
Combating Burnout and Enhancing Personal Wellness

CCMS members and guests at our 2017 Spring Membership program learned about avoiding physician burnout and finding resources that promote wellness as physicians. Dr. Robert Cranston, Carle Foundation Hospital, presented, "Coaching and Mentoring to Improve Your Serve" outlining Carle Hospital's program to help its "professionals flourish, improve retention, production, efficiency and joy at work" using personal coaching. Dr. Holly Rosencranz, UIUC College of Medicine, presented, "Taking Care of Each Other; Lessons Learned from Residents about Wellness," which demonstrated how developing a supportive community for residents is essential for their wellness and mental health. Clickable links to the slide decks of each speaker's presentation are included in the paragraph above.

Also at the meeting, Dr. William Youngerman and Dr. Ronald Deering were recognized with plaques for their long-term service on the CCMS Board of Directors.

2017 Physician Champion Awards
CCMS President, Dr. Michelle Olson, presented two area physicians with the Society’s annual Physician Champion Award at its Fall Membership Meeting held on Thursday, September 14th at I Hotel & Conference Center in Champaign. The awards are presented each year to CCMS members who make a difference with their generous contributions of time and expertise.
CCMS President Dr. Michelle Olson presents the Physician Champion Award to Dr. Terry England.
Dr. Albert (Terry) England, an infectious disease specialist at Christie Clinic, was recognized for his dedication to teaching and countless hours of educational volunteerism as a mentor and teacher for medical residents for many years, guiding residents in strong clinical reasoning and the practice of evidence based medicine in his specialty of infectious disease. He has spent hours volunteering as a preceptor for residents in internal medicine morning report at Presence Covenant Medical Center. Additionally, he contributes to the community through his advocacy of the arts and humanities through his active committee role at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.
CCMS President Dr. Michelle Olson presents the Physician Champion Award to Dr. Timothy Sehy.
Dr. Timothy Sehy, a retired nephrologist who practiced at Christie Clinic from 1978 to 2014, was recognized for his dedication to teaching and educational volunteerism for devoting countless volunteer hours to teaching medical residents about nephrology and serving as a faculty mentor for first year medical students. Dr. Sehy provides weekly sessions providing an overview of his subspecialty and has not only taught numerous residents, but also inspired many to pursue this field of internal medicine.
Carle Hospital Foundation Research and Poster Day
Award winners of the Carle Research Day event held Thursday, April 6th at Carle Forum with CCMS Board Officer, Dr. Holly Rosencranz (center). Left to Right: Brianna Mantilla, Chelsea Wong, Dr. Rosencranz, Dr. Rabel Misbah, Carlos Dostal

CCMS sponsored cash awards for the Carle Foundation Hospital Foundation Research Day which featured posters and oral presentations that showcased the research and scholarly activities of residents, medical students and nurses. First place winners received $75 and second place winners received $50. Awards were presented to:

  • Ms. Chelsea Wong - First Place Oral Presentation
  • Dr. Raiya Sarwar - Second Place Oral Presentation
  • Mr. Carlos Dostal - First Place Poster Presentation
  • Dr. Rabel Misbah - Second Place Poster Presentation
  • Ms. Brianna Mantilla - Honorable Mention Poster Presentation

March 30th is Doctor's Day!

CCMS President, Dr. Michelle Olson, discussed Doctors' Day in an interview on WCIA Morning Show, March 30, 2017.


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Join the Champaign County Medical Society

Application for membership in CCMS is made through the Illinois State Medical Society.

Who We Are
The Champaign County Medical Society (CCMS) serves as a common vehicle representing physicians and through which local physicians work together for their own and the community’s good. CCMS is affiliated with the Illinois State Medical Society, the largest professional association representing physicians in Illinois and a trusted source of health policy leadership since 1840.
Membership Eligibility
The membership of Champaign County Medical Society is made up of practicing and retired physicians, medical residents and medical students who practice or reside in Champaign County. Physicians must hold an MD or DO degree and be licensed to practice in the State of Illinois. Physicians not in clinical practice, but who are employed in research, medical directorships or other positions which do not require a medical license in Illinois, as well as retired physicians with current or previous state license in good standing, are eligible for membership at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Application for membership in CCMS is made through the Illinois State Medical Society.
Benefits to Members

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.


Upcoming Dates to Remember
  • February 14: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 pm, Business Technology Center Champaign
  • March 9: UICOM 16th Annual Research Day, I-Hotel & Conference Center
  • March 14: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 pm, Business Technology Center Champaign
  • March 30: Doctors' Day
  • April 12: CCMS Spring Membership Meeting, 6:00-8:00 pm, TBA
  • April 20-22: ISMS Annual Meeting and House of Delegates, Oak Brook
  • May 9: CCMS Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 pm, Business Technology Center Champaign
  • June 23: ISMS Board of Trustees Meeting, Chicago

About Champaign County Medical Society

Champaign County Medical Society is a not for profit organization designed and established to promote the health and general welfare of the citizens of Champaign County, Illinois; to protect the rights and interests of the medical profession; to encourage the development and dissemination of knowledge as it pertains to all branches of the art and science of Medicine; to bring into one organization the physicians of Champaign County, and to cultivate a true fraternal spirit among them; to operate as a component Society of the Illinois State Medical Society.
2018 Officers
  • Shamim Sadiq, MD, President
    Christie Clinic/Presence Hospital

  • Nestor Ramirez, MD, MPH, FAAP, President Elect
    Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine

  • Holly A. Rosencranz, MD, FACP, Secretary
    UIUC College of Medicine
    Clinical Associate Professor of Medicine

  • A.L. Jones, MD, MS, Treasurer
    Occupational & Environmental Medicine

  • Michelle Olson, MD, MACM, Immediate Past President
    Colon & Rectal Surgery
Board Members
  • H. Reed Thompson, MD
  • William Holmes, MD
  • Samatha Tipirneni, MD
  • Qasim Shakeel, MD
  • Krishan Kataria, MD
  • Abeer Arain, MD, Resident Representative
  • Olivia Cangellaris, Medical Student Representative
ISMS House of Delegates Representatives
  • H. Reed Thompson, MD
  • Samatha Tipirneni, MD
Alternate Delegates
  • Allison L. Jones, MD
  • Shamim Sadiq, MD
District Seven Trustee
  • Charles Ellington, Jr., MD

Contact Us

CCMS welcomes your questions, comments, and suggestions for improving services to our members. We also serve as a resource for local health care information for people in Champaign County and are available to answer questions for the public.
We can be reached by phone or email. Please contact the office for meeting dates and times.
Send mail to: 701 Devonshire Drive, Suite C-5, Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: 217-359-9195