Executive Director’s Message
Although the practice of New Year resolutions dates back to the ancient Babylonians – perhaps as far back as 4,000 years ago – it remains a popular tradition. So I’m going to take a chance and propose just one HMA resolution for 2022:
Every member of HMA will invite three physicians who are not currently HMA members, to join. There is no better way to recruit new members than for physicians to ask physicians to join.
The main reason to join HMA is to become part of a growing community of physicians – from those in solo practices to those in large group and hospital practices – who are committed to excellence in medicine and supporting their colleagues. A recent study, published in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reported that one out of three physicians intend to reduce work hours, and one out of five physicians intend to leave their practice completely. Physician burnout, fear of infection, depression, and anxiety are all very real, and impact physicians and their patients directly. But there are other factors which may be more surprising: physicians feeling devalued by their organization, and a loss of purpose and meaning in their work. HMA has no illusion that it can fill the gap and address these many issues with any amount of programming. But we can provide the proverbial safe place, where physicians of all stripes can find colleagues who both understand and support them. As one physician put it, HMA can be “a home” to physicians, where they can relax, network, mentor, learn, and share with one another. Our newly renovated offices are intended to be just such a safe and welcoming venue.
A full and growing list of benefits, as well as the online membership portal, are available on our website at hawaiimedicalassociation.org.