Executive Director’s Message
October started off with a blast, including our inaugural CME@ HMA program, October 1-2. Dr. Kalani Brady with the assistance of Brenda Wong (JABSOM CME Coordinator), organized a blue-ribbon lineup with Drs. Jill Omori, Lt. Governor Josh Green, Bill Haning, Kore Kai Liow, and Lee Buenconsejo-Lum offering inspiring and cutting-edge presentations to our physicians. Using our newly installed video-conferencing technology, participation was truly statewide, as will be the norm going forward for all our major programming.
The Annual Meeting was also held virtually on October 1st. The election results (covered separately) were announced, with several contested elections for the first time in years. Voting was done prior with several options available to members; over 60 members voted from three islands, with over 80% going digital. The future is indeed now.
The new HMA dues structure is already having a positive impact. Calendar year membership in HMA is now $400 with the balance of 2021 membership included with every paid 2022 membership. Retired and emeritus members are asked to contribute $25 per annual membership, while student and resident membership is $10. Honolulu County Medical Society has started a special scholarship for young physicians, which covers all but $25 of their HMA and HCMS membership. Thank you HCMS.
Impact? As of October 6th, we have signed up over 40 new or returning members (not including retired, emeritus, student, or resident members), including several neighbor island physicians. But the big push for membership is only beginning. Imagine if every current member of HMA committed to asking two colleagues who aren’t members, to join HMA now? Nothing takes the place of a personal invitation from a colleague.