The West Virginia State Medical Association finished its Annual Meeting last week. As the largest gathering of physicians in the State, it left participants energized and ready to work. The conference goers were more amazed by the star studded lineup than the spectacular Greenbrier Resort or majestic Greenbrier Valley. This year’s theme was “The Year of Giving Back”.
The Friday morning sessions began with a welcome video from U.S. Senator Joe Manchin who thanked the WVSMA for working with him on the recent Jesse’s Law followed by Dr. Lorenzo Pence and Dr. Bob Foster who gave informative talks on Osteopathic Medicine in the 21st century. Followed by the wildly popular “Lunch with the Deans” who gave updates on what West Virignia’s medical schools are working on right now and how they work together. On top of other Friday topics, West Virginia’s Legislative Leadership addressed the crowd and took even the toughest of questions from the WVSMA membership.
Congresswoman Carol Miller opened the Saturday session that had a panel discussion on public health issues in West Virginia. Dr. Rahul Gupta of the March of Dimes updated the membership on maternal & child health. The afternoon’s festivities were punctuated by Dr. Sherri Young. Dr. Young gave a riveting speech after being introduced by this video: https://wi.st/2ztX079. She brought tears and a standing ovation. There were other presentations in the afternoon, including Dr. Brooke Buckley’s discussion on emotional intelligence. The education sessions ended on a true high note with a keynote address by Dr. Peter Salk on public health issues.
The culmination of the event was the Mako Medical Gala that had Dr. Patrice Harris address the crowd. Dr. Harris is a Mercer County native, WVU Graduate, and current President of the American Medical Association. Justice Evan Jenkins administered the oath of office to WVSMA’s 2019-2020 leadership including Dr. Young who took the reigns as President.