I am happy to now be serving as president of the Ohio Gastroenterology Society (OGS). I assumed this role during our Annual Meeting in Columbus on Sept. 16. I wish to thank Dr. Ashley Faulx for her tremendous leadership as president the past two years. I can assure you the transition has been seamless as the OGS continues to advocate on behalf gastroenterologists across Ohio.
Speaking of the Annual Meeting, we again had a successful affair drawing nearly 100 physicians to the one-day event who benefited from high-level and engaging workshops and discussions led by colleagues from our profession from across the county. I encourage you to be sure to attend our next Annual Meeting which is scheduled for Sept. 29, 2018 in Columbus, OH. More specific details will come later.
I have a question for you:
How would you like not to have to take your boards every 10 years?
The recertification test from the ABIM was originally voluntary but over time the hospital systems and insurers have made it a requirement for staying on their panels. Thus, it has become mandatory in order to practice in the state of Ohio. Those of us who have re-boarded know what a frustrating stressful and expensive proposition that is.
If you feel the same, please join us in supporting House Bill 273. Read more about this important maintenance of certification measure in this issue of the newsletter.
Finally, I want to remind you all that our organization’s strength comes from your engagement, involvement and support for your OGS. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to renew your membership today by paying your dues and recruiting a colleague to either pay their dues or to become a member of the OGS today.
Victor Jochem, MD
President, Ohio Gastroenterology Society