This week we break from our normal format to have a discussion with doctors Kimberly Jackson and Marion Mass regarding the genesis of National Physicians’ Week..
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Dr. Kimberly Funches Jackson is the founder of Physicians Working Together and pioneer of National Physicians Week. Throughout her career as a board-certified physician, “Dr. J.” has dedicated her life to the care of others. She’s the medical director and co-owner of her Family Medicine & Pediatrics clinic and has provided medical care to adults and children for over a decade. Her commitment to the well-being of the community extends beyond her practice. Dr. J is a member of Delta Sigma Theta sorority maintains the social responsibility of Dr. J is an active member in her church and she’s also an active board member for several community-based organizations.
Dr. Marion Mass is a practicing pediatrician who is also a physician advocate and healthcare activist. She is driven to take back medicine for patients and the medical profession. The COVID-19 pandemic threw a spotlight on dangerous deficiencies within the US healthcare industry. At the center of these deficiencies are Group Purchasing Organizations (GPOs) and Pharmacy Benefit Managers (PBMs), which are healthcare intermediaries that increase costs and create drug and supply shortages. Although GPOs and PBMs don’t produce or distribute a single product or provide direct care to a single patient, they control nearly 90% of the pharmaceutical supply chain. These middlemen amass huge profits because they enjoy government-mandated safe harbor protections at the expense of physician practice needs, sound medical decision-making, and patient choice.
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Notable quotes from the interview:
Doc, you’re not alone. You know that you have persons that understand you, that get what you’re going through, that are there for you, and we can use our experiences together to make healthcare better.Dr. Jackson
we need just different ways to uplift physicians.Dr. Jackson
I feel as though I kind of woke up when my children were hitting the point where they could take care of their own their own needs, and I wondered what happened to medicine?Dr. Mass
I think that it was the confluence of me recognizing that medicine was in bad shape that we were being taken over and we didn’t even know why.Dr. Mass
I don’t think any of us would be surprised that it would be difficult to find a position anywhere that says. ‘Man, life is great and I just can’t imagine it being any better.’Dr. Mass
So doc, you’re not alone. We hear you, we support you, and we got to work on this relationship with each other, so we can also be the best we can for our patients and our communitiesDr. Jackson
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[1:17] This week’s episode is set for release at the beginning of national Physicians week in 2022.
So we will depart from our usual format just a bit I’ll be talking with two Physicians who were responsible for the establishment of national Physicians week in the US.
So thank you so much for joining me today and here’s my conversation with dr. Mary and mash and dr. Kimberly Jackson.
[1:48] This is a very special episode of RX for Success today which is actually being released during Nationals,
physicians’ week and today we’re going to get to talk to a couple of Physicians who were responsible
for the beginning of national physicians’ week and a really incredible organization called Physicians working together so dr. Kimberly Jackson and Phenix City Alabama I want to welcome you back to
RX for Success enjoyed our last conversation and really looking forward to today’s conversation thank you I want to be here.
[2:23] And dr. Marian Mass who is a real veteran of RX for success I think you’ve been on at least three times pediatrician in the Suburban Philadelphia area we were just delighted to have you back so thanks for being here
honoring to be here with both of you.
And what we’re going to be talking about today just coincidentally this episode releases in the middle of national Physicians week.
In the United States and these two very capable and dedicated Physicians are largely responsible for making that happen
and it’s my understanding that this actually started I can hardly believe that.
That Facebook came up with something as fabulous as this but it’s my understanding that it was National physicians’ week well the organization Physicians working together came about as a result of a face.
[3:18] Group so whoever wants to pick it up from there please go ahead.
Awesome so yes like I said before honored to be on the podcast and to share this story with those that may not know the organs of.
Peter Beattie and Naturalization sweet but yeah that’s in June of 2015 and can’t believe when I say that it’s been that long I had learned about some clinics ever starting in the area that patients were being seen but they weren’t really sure who was seeing them.
And it was one of those things where you talked about it with different doctors and you started realizing just really wasn’t a,
wait for us to get together like we used to with the old physician lounge and things like that and then just the whole things that are happening in medicine it was more documentation required more things where we felt like it may be an US versus them and us not being together and then we have.
The loss of physician lives I have a dear friend a pediatrician that had unfortunately three years prior.
Taking her life and I felt like if we could have a place where we could come together,
and we could be unified and it could be separate from our specialty your experience level but we’re just letting people know.
[4:21] Doc you’re not alone you know that you have person that understand you that get what you’re going through that are there for you and we can use our experiences together to make Healthcare better.
And just to let you know that you’re heard when I was talking to several doctors and trying to get together on you know ways for us to meet it came up.
Want to try Facebook wasn’t the best social media side of social media Savvy person but I said hey why don’t I try that started it with three persons and ended up having thousands all over the world.
Hard as you work I’m surprised that you even knew Facebook existed
someone told me about it so we credit for that another physician was like why don’t you try Facebook shout out to the dr. Agarwal so I ended up doing that in through that
met several wonderful persons including documentary mass and it was my idea in the fall of of June at it was speaking to dr. Hollis Ivory as well
found a physician mom go that we need to just different ways to uplift Physicians themselves and her idea was uplifting you know women physicians’.
[5:27] So we talked about the idea of national women’s physician day and then you know I talked about the idea of national positions week because I was like we have doctors day which is March 30th but it gotten so diluted doctors ended up being,
everyone was Doctor it seemed to be that day right Mary and I mean you can be a nurse practitioner you can be a PA I mean I felt like you could be just any person and they were like you know versus as just you know honoring doctors on this day
we’ll just kind of make it a soup of all letters and honor everyone and that to me defeated the purpose I think that Physicians.
Just like nurse practitioners and physician assistants and even nurses themselves need it to have that week and it wasn’t even a week of per se.
Glorifying physicians’ was really a way for us to connect with each other and connect with our patients what a great idea and I want to get into the weeds of that a little bit if you will Kim so it
just like this was very much something that.
[6:24] You inaugurated and it just blossomed but can you give us some of the details of how that work did you just go to Facebook and say you wanted to create a
a group for Physicians and they suddenly started piling in or how did it grow
yeah so with Facebook they have like algorithms when things that you can do that you can start groups and you can say what your interests are about so ours generally has evolved to the three C’s connection collaboration and caring.
And so when we started in June of 2015 and started go to the light
let people know hey we’re out here if of this and working together if your physician or medical student join us it kind of organically spread it was from first persons that knew me personally and then what would happen is
the person that joined they would no other Physicians personally and say hey there’s this new positive group that’s talking about bringing us together and making positive change and I mean I would have to leave it to Mary to tell the story how she heard about me because she was kind enough to reach out
and we interconnecting you ended up going to DC together yeah and
that was going to be my next connection I mean my next question and I and I am curious in its very beginnings
did the Facebook group tend to be in your sort of region of the southeast or did it or did you start getting,
contacts from all over amazingly enough.
[7:44] In the beginning it was a local Doc’s right so I’m in Phoenix City Alabama Columbus Georgia that most people expect that and then there was a colleague of mine dr. Malone come as long as well known in our communities been it will be doing it justice towel what are just so you know awesome position.
[7:59] And he had this I would say kind of minty but he’s actually a physician is on right doctor told Elliot and I noticed that when he saw the connection between myself dr. Malone
and that I’d started this group he alone in the first few weeks I think invited 600 Physicians to the group
wow yes and that’s quite a roll it is quiet and so now you know the way Facebook algorithm has changed it’s not
in my opinion as simple as it used to be before it’s now we’re integrated with so many different groups so many different titles everybody can start it you can do that but in the beginning when it was simpler,
and you had that just direct connection between the person that knew a person and they told them you could see that like kind of girl direct growth and so I definitely have to,
Jonathan him for seeing the mission and the vision and believing and spread it to his colleagues and so when you have just one physician do something like that.
Um you can just imagine how it expands and of course now we have you know.
We’re trying to get to 10,000 members and of course we’re having some people that aren’t on Facebook so we’re trying to you know maximize our website as well.
Sure but that’s kind of that Grassroots campaign that how it grew yeah and so Marion how did how did it catch your attention.
[9:10] My goodness you’re in a lot of things how did you have how did you have time for Facebook
you know I feel like the same thing as dr. Jackson or if we’re going to do first name basis here I’ll say Kimberly
and we should all maybe we shall do that that’s is that all all right with all you mean ya know so I,
I feel as though like I kind of woke up when my children were
hitting the point where they could take care of their own their own needs of meeting is making a sandwich and getting to school and such or you know there they were all full of school and I felt that,
I woke up and I felt like what happened to Medicine weight you know like I’ve been busy being a mom and a doctor and and all of a sudden I woke up one day and what happened.
And I think I came in to social media things like Facebook and I thought like well this is a at least a great place to collaborate.
And to discover other people and to socialize and someone invited me to the group and I was watching and what I was really taken by I think Kimberly always has a positive spin.
[10:19] And I always tell her I think she’s one of the most gracious people that I’ve ever met and that’s true 100% true but.
[10:28] There’s a that graciousness and the professionalism she provides to our profession are just invaluable.
And I think that it was the Confluence of me recognizing that medicine was in bad shape that we were being taken over and we didn’t even know why that,
let me to participating in the group and honestly as a participant in the group I would.
Have opinions I would comment on things and I feel like it led me to becoming a writer if that makes sense.
You know like so yeah really does yeah and then I it was like a takeoff of writing but.
I think both of us together Physicians working together right we recognize that our physicians are that our profession was in trouble.
[11:16] And we recognize that there were many Avenues to lifting up our profession which had become stressed.
You know like you can pick up the newspaper and you can read about all the bad things that Physicians do and we’re out there trying to do the best many of us who are practicing boots-on-the-ground physicians’ trying to do the best we can for our patients and.
There are so many obstructions it sounds like both of you were in a very similar Place emotionally about the state.
How’s our profession and you know I don’t think any of us would be surprised about that it would be difficult to find a position anywhere that says.
Man life is great and I just can’t imagine it being any better.
[12:03] We’re all in the same space we know what’s going on here but back to what ultimately got your.
Tension were you hooked by a Facebook suggestion that you should check out this Facebook group or how did you actually get connected.
I honestly I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember how we first started speaking personally.
But I think overall I would say that in watching how Kimberly comports herself and handles herself as a physician.
I felt like this was someone that truly lived by their Hippocratic Oath so this is someone I want to connect with.
[12:46] So it was clearly more than just a Facebook ad this was this was a connection that you felt with Kim from the outset for me 100%
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And I would imagine that Physicians working together is one of the things that you have the most pride in who had that idea who came up with pewt.
[15:32] That’s all you
Kimberly yeah that was that was I yeah idea of mine and I’ll be honest faith is one of the things is important to me and literally when I was thinking of this group I was just like
I don’t even know what to call it there like start a Facebook group what do you call it what do you call it you know I don’t like getting wet and it seemed so simplistic now and everybody says Peter Beauty and Physicians working together rolls off your tongue but literally when I was starting and I was like what do you call this
and I was like you know what sometimes simple is best and literally what we want to let people know as we are Physicians working together we here
you know it’s hard to Corral them it’s like you know hurting cats and we’re all in our you know
big eyes little knees and little use and our Specialties and this one’s more important the inpatient versus outpatient and primary versus specialist and I was like
follow that I mean the deal is at the end of the day we all are here to take care of our patients take care of our communities and now we need to let each other know we want to help take care of each other.
[16:25] So doc you’re not alone we hear we hear you we support you and we got to work on this relationship with each other,
so we can also be the best we can for our patients and our communities and so that was I guess place on my heart I never anticipated or
even imagine how far this would go I was just a little dock in Alabama and at that time actually I was in Georgia so that’s why I started in Georgia live talking in Georgia and I moved Alabama that was like you know what can I do,
to help prevent another loss of a pediatrician like Valerie what can I do to help another patient not feel like they’re not being heard
and I said let me try this and see and see if there’s some people like me and
their war and ended up meeting this firecracker merry mess so we took things too you know even other levels so
and the organization Physicians working together do you all actually have a.
[17:20] An in-person meeting where lots of the members show up or is it strictly social media thing at this point.
I’m glad you asked that still before the pandemic before covid-19 and so we had the first national positions week in March of 2016.
And during that week I actually got with some local vendors in the Columbus Georgia area and we did a physician Appreciation Day.
[17:45] With the physician appreciation day which is one of the things I’m very excited about it was opportunity that we did for local Physicians they came in we had different organizations that cater to meal we gave our red carnations which is a flower for doctors day.
[17:58] We met she was no you know sell pitches or anything they’re just come by bring your significant other we’re going to love on you or share and at that point we had members of Physicians working together persons that were interested in and just doctors from the area and it was amazing
it was like oh you’re the person I always refer to oh you’re the first I’ve heard your name or
so this is you and it was just one of those things where we just felt love everybody loved it I gave we got great feedback so we actually were doing like a physician appreciation dinner around natural positions week.
For the first three or so years and we’d start increasing so we did one a couple in Columbus Georgia with a Phoenix City Alabama we did Atlanta Georgia,
and in 2020 when the pandemic it were planning one in Houston.
[18:39] I’m Texas so we actually do generally try to meet in person and then we’ll have other things so we have events where we’ve had Healthcare Town Halls Marion and dr. Mark Wahpeton am I saying his name right Mary locatin.
Yeah you bet yeah that is correct the recent recent guest on this podcast I might add awesome fascinating story so yes mazing guy like I said just been so blessed to meet just wonder physicians’ doing the thing that are taking care of themselves their patients in their communities
and he and she came up with a wonderful idea to help do Healthcare Town Halls.
Um and so this was something we were doing biannually and we would meet with community members and just lay persons and other Physicians would come out and we would just have.
You know these.
A platform where patients can ask us questions and we can share you know why we love what we do and why we are here for you so definitely that’s something we’re looking forward to as we you know hopefully.
[19:32] Get a little window of opportunity to get back to a semblance of normalcy with the pandemic seemingly being better controlled so,
so it’s a long answer to your question yes we meet in person when we can we love to meet in person and we have done it before what’s your approximation of the number of members the number of.
Participants in pwt right now I would say approximately 9,000 wow.
That’s a lot of growth in a relatively short period of time you are very correct and so and it actually could have qualms War if we were you know docks are very busy,
so one of the things I’ve learned along the way when we created our board and we became a non-profit is that
probably should have had more layperson as board members so we’re trying to revamp some things to get maybe some more Community leaders and stuff involved because we felt like it could have been even more growth
but the goal that we had it’s amazing it’s been just organic just basically not with likes a membership drives or you know say some major magazine or a radio ad it’s just kind of folks telling other folks about this group
and hey I think you should check it out and so we’re pretty excited and happy about that.
[20:42] There’s nothing quite like word-of-mouth I always say and if you get if you get a little amplification from social media that’s okay as well,
I have often have curiosity about things that don’t that are not particularly important but I I think our audience would like to know.
How you go about getting some project recognized as an official block on the calendar how did you get established as a national physician week.
So beautiful story here.
My thing was when I was first talking about okay we need to do something to honor positions we need to have a way to you know reconnect with our patients to let them know that we are you know with her there for them and we also want to rebuild our society’s respect right and appreciation for.
The individuals that devote their lives and made tremendous sacrifices to heal their patients and,
the effort was to spread this message of positivity and like Mary has been seen before mutual respect or bringing Health Care clinicians Physicians together as well as patients so.
We can work on this patient-physician relationship.
[21:46] So when we’re thinking about this and think about the best ways to make this happen it was great we made it on Facebook is great we kind of put it out there and my dear friend mirroring it introduced me to the National Day calendar idea
and she can kind of tell you a little bit more about that and restart to the persons and we submitted stuff and.
Mary you can you can share your story on that because it was it was amazing I didn’t even know this shit was available
so I’m not surprised that Mary had Mass would have the inside story on the details story my fanny I mean I just like Google crap you know like how come we’ve only got a day and like everyone else has a week and.
I mean honestly I think that.
You know the public perception of Physicians is that are like life is wonderful and we’re just all sitting around smoking cigars with each other and it’s just not like that right and like honestly think about how many of us now
you know just like Kimberly and I are doing we’re doing this as mom’s you know like I.
I finished residency and you know pretty much started having children and then was raising children and like ignored all of the portion of what was happening to Medicine until I woke up because I was so tired from being a mom right but whatever the case just like.
I almost acted like a mom I was like well if we don’t have a week why don’t we have week how do we get a week and so I just started like.
[23:12] I hate to say it because his Physicians were always like complain about people Googling right I Googled and I was like oh how hard is this look there’s there’s a way that we can.
Turn this into a week we put in an application.
Look you’ve got a great group you’ve built this group you know Kimberly and and why not that we submit an application
I think we were at imagine that there’s an organization somewhere that you apply to yep National Day calendar so I said hey like I’m gonna.
I was at a point where I had a little bit of time and I said lets you know.
You’ve done all the legwork to build up this you know Physicians working together.
Incredible amount of work over years so let’s do this and then we turn this into an event that becomes.
The Physicians working together event.
Instead of life is you know Physicians like he say we had National doctors day and and actually I do recall that it was really important we were talking about.
The fact that we call we didn’t call it national doctors we called it national positions week that is good because now there’s so many more forms of doctors which is.
[24:25] That’s fine everyone has the right to their doctorate to their education but,
when you’re talking about a physician you’re talking about that group of people which go through a certain amount of training that happens after you get accepted into an accredited medical school and it’s a small number of people that are.
Physicians’ medical Physicians.
So we decided we were going to apply for this and and we bounced the application back and forth and off it went.
There you go right and and here you are exactly.
You know something that I want to bring up here and I’m going to be interested to hear what the reaction is that this came about through the efforts primarily of two women,
when we let the men come up with an organization to represent practice of medicine we got the AMA correct but.
[25:21] The women have given us what you have given us and I think that that’s probably not an accident would you all like to comment on that at all I mean it’s just two different lead to completely different ways of.
Approaching something the AMA was supposed to be with our organization to quote represent physicians’.
[25:41] And for them what that meant was to get in bed with the lobbyists you you too.
[25:50] Or talking about giving some thought to the heart and the soul of the practitioner Kimberly I’ll let you start
like Randy’s trying to get me in trouble so it’s got like a simple little potential mines in there so first and foremost I think
Healthcare medicine itself benefits from various viewpoints we know it statistically we know it you know.
It’s categorically that if you have difference of opinions whether it’s male females different ethnicities religions we all do better right so when you have a different perspective sometimes I can just take things from.
Being where it is and making it better so I think that you know definitely the Mantra of just you know the hard work and Doc you do it you get it done and you may have been all things to everyone in the sense kind of has stood the test of time but had to be.
[26:43] Tweet so when we brought in more female Physicians more women Physicians Marion’s correct I mean you know of course you’re not to save course men as husband and fathers weren’t working hard obviously they were and there are some that
we all work the same you know behaviors in different ways but when you have that different
brought in and we know that like I say to you I have the statistics to back that up as far as like some of the types of medicine that are practiced some different ways that we go about it some different
challenges and things that we have to do to balance things we sometimes can have a different perspective and one of the things we realize is you know yes you have the powers that be the lobbyists that insurance companies those things that can maybe help and make some things better will.
Put that in quotation marks and you also have this relationship that you have to have with your patients and that you have to have with each other and you know II have several brothers and I know a lot of times you know.
[27:37] When you get to the point where if there is an issue to maybe a little Macho this and you may not want to be able to say hey we need help
are we need to be appreciated we need to love on each other you know what I’m saying so I think you know as you know as women some of those things were able to bring to the table not to say that men can’t but just traditionally speaking that may have not been something that
may have been seen as a strength of our making sense.
And so by us being able to be a part of the healthcare profession and having more you know when Physicians and being able to talk to our brothers and sisters both in medicine and say hey you know what.
Is not a sign of weakness if you’re saying I need help it’s not a sign of weakness if you’re singing that enough is enough and something has to change and I do believe you know my brother’s the medicine have been saying these things before but I think it just took.
Persons like ourselves that didn’t have any hesitation in a sense of
hey it’s okay you know by Grand Prix with my patients it’s okay if I can say I don’t want another person lose their life like my friend Valerie it’s okay if we can say we need to have some time set aside beyond what other people do.
[28:42] To honor Physicians and it’s not.
We’re we’re you know thinking better than each other or we’re trying to make it all about us because even in the end when we have this week and we’re trying.
You know I respect each other and appreciate each other is still goes back to the patient because we realize that sometimes healers need healing too and in order for us to be the best position we can be we have to be healthy and well so to be able to take care of
the patients as well as each other so you know I think that it’s just different perspectives and different experiences bring beautiful and different results so I think that’s where.
We’re coming from I love that same day at Marion oh you know look it’s Physicians were working together.
You know it’s funny my son and I had a conversation today and he kind of commented a pound how he thinks that.
[29:29] In general like I mean he’s not like saying everyone but in general like most women tend to emphasize the.
[29:37] Right you know like emphasize relationships and kind of I like it that he saw that he wasn’t saying that that was a bad thing or a good thing or that you know we need all of us don’t we.
Great you know we need all the strengths and I think that we’re at a certain point.
Where the fact that women are involved so heavily in medicine and medicine is a nurturing relationship it brings a lot to the table.
So I think that women and men and you can learn from each other with that and that we all,
we all have to we all have to play a role in guiding forward because Healthcare is something that all of us need I think that says it very well and and I personally think that it has made a difference now that.
Women are so much more involved in a profession that was,
I hate to use the word overly but it it was dramatically.
[30:37] Dominated by men for centuries and the reality that,
women are in this space now and participating and becoming are coming to a point where they have some effect on policy is truly a good thing for.
All of us and.
[30:57] Your shovel your son shows a great deal of wisdom Mary and that he has picked up on that and I suspect that he probably picked up some of that wisdom from you.
[31:07] It’s all good like
you know I don’t know like when we need direction can you ask for directions I’m sorry Jetta throw that in there I want to make everyone laugh you know we all have heard laugh at ourselves right like there’s things I’m not good at after it’s good as medicine it’s done
under respect and a speaking Randy of how we you know so
bad idea so I had the idea for nacho positions week right so we did the Facebook group June 2015 and then we actually did a national positions week before we went to national calendar so I wanted that to be clear that we actually celebrate it here
in Columbus Georgia as well as online in March of 2016
and then when we went to NASA and a calendar we were kind of like hey we were already started celebrating this but it’d be really cool if you all could under this and put it on your calendar and they approve that December 2016
our next up has been you know and I’ve been talking to the several Physicians about this as well and I have just the most amazing
public relations communications director Jennifer Simpson as she just recently worked on something to get it officially organized I mean officially recognized in Columbus Georgia and also
unbeknownst to me Kimberly funches Jackson em Dede for the first the first day of physicians’
for National Business Week tomorrow so I was like extremely
you know humbled and honored by that but I love the idea of taking it City by City And are even taking it to Congress and get in this officially put on you know the Congressional calendar well we all realize the.
[32:34] Power social media and so on one hand when someone is recently asked me if is is this you know passed by Congress and like they can rarely agree on now daylight saving time.
[32:44] So much less the city you know physicians’ week I said we will get there at some point I’m sure I think this is a good time to consider it after you know covid-19 and people realizing the importance of our.
Healthcare Heroes it’s are called involving of course nurses physicians in you know.
[33:01] Are the health care team members so that’s something we definitely want to work on at some point to maybe get that actual Congressional,
approval in a sense or Congressional calendar recognition but right now we’re super excited about the fact that National Day calendar did put it improve it for there and that was definitely.
Through the direct efforts of of Mary and I have to give a shout out your husband because I know they both together helped us fund that process and I’m extremely in
overly I know overlay mean you have to give kudos but Kudos are given and the reality is they saw this little girl that was trying to make some things happen and you know from woman but you get them saying
and believed in me and believed in our mission and you know put their money where their mouth is and that’s one of the things that,
in order for us to succeed is one of those things that have to happen and that’s something that we talk of positions about a lot as well like we can’t just always say complain about things we got a wolf crises we got to make things and make change happen and I think that’s something,
we both are try to work hard to do
and with things like natural positions week honoring others that are doing the same so that’s one of the things we have the theme that we have even for this year last year was
basically this is our shot so this is our shot to kind of revamp the relationship let people know yes the covid shot vaccine is something you consider but also our shots are introduced ourself to.
[34:19] The community and this year is we’re here for you in 22 so and 22 a yawn.
And so I think that that’s one of the things that we really want to continue to express each other and to our communities that Physicians are here for you well dr. Kimberly Jackson and dr. Marion Mass I want to thank you so much for.
[34:35] Taking the time to help us inaugurate National physicians’ week 2022 and giving us some more information about Physicians working together before we go.
I would like to give both of you an opportunity to tell us,
how people can find out more about both of these items Physicians working together in National physicians’ week and whoever jumps in first will have the honor.
[35:04] Well it really hit you gotta get yeah I gotta get some more pop somewhere People Randy so so I want you to do that absolutely I wouldn’t you know be remiss not to definitely shout out as well even though Physicians are extremely busy,
our board members that have been there for us Mary and of course has helped us in the beginning when we’re starting things off as a board member and actually has another one of our organization who works with.
[35:28] With rppa physicians’
am I saying that right Marion getting straight practicing Physicians for America yep exactly absolutely and and then dr. Murray Jan last Ally she basically was one of the people that I had started,
started a group as well and discover what we were doing for Physicians working together and brought over everyone that was in her group to pwt so she was another physician I want to say about 1,200 that she.
That she bought over and just believe in the mission has been supporting it from the beginning
um when she got involved and then dr. Christina Lane as well coming on board and supporting us and actually helping with organization he had with her husband,
the next Med open Achmed,
and they helped us sponsor a virtual physician-led Health Comforts in 2018 so it’s just been multiple people around that have been helpful and we’re adding new people to go and we’re excited about it we have
dr. Marlene Louis Smith has been working with us but physician Outlook and doing various projects and helping us with our medical student scholarships and so
if anyone that’s been missed out please charge it to my head and not to my heart because it’s so many people that in order for this to work we have to work together but I definitely wanted to.
Make sure I let those persons know that I extremely appreciate them from the heart and just appreciate all they’ve done and people that have made donations people that have given their time and effort people have told other people about the group.
Which you can join us on the Facebook group with Physicians working together you just.
Physicians’ working together you can type that in answer the questions is for Physicians and medical students and then on our websites it is Physicians working together.
[36:57] Basically is the Peabody the pwt dot-org th e PW T dot org and then also,
www best together dot org and it’s be EST.
The number to GE th ER dot-org and so one has kind of the main thing though PW e dot org and the best together dot org is more of a Blog and it shares information it has.
Are for medical students that we’ve been blessed to give scholarships for so that’s one of the things I tell people support us we’re nonprofit the donations that you give you can you know have a taxpayer service purposes.
But you really can see the work that we’ve done we have National positions week we have Healthcare Town Halls we have for medical students now because those are our future.
As far as our future Physicians and we’ve been able to give scholarships to and we’re getting ready to do their doing the contest for this one this year so.
Just super excited about it and love opportunities like this to share about it and love because working with persons like yourself Randy and definitely you Marian to help move the mission and the vision for pwt forward
it’s an honor and Marianne would you like to put in a plug for PP a.
Absolutely you know or or even you know better than PPA both PPA and pwt or part of a larger coalition,
so like a coalition is I you know obviously I.
[38:12] Collection of groups you know the free to Care Organization has been looking at how do we reduce the costs of medicine for the patients and we’re
patient and physician advocacy organizations PW T is a part ppi is a part I think that’s one of the.
[38:29] That’s one of the places where we can all meet right and we need to we need to connect with our patients so free to care PW tppa and like I love it that.
[38:40] You know as all of these various groups have formed that you’re talking to to physicians’ happen to be women happen to be like busy raising families that have continued to collaborate with each other,
and continue to lift the profession of medicine right through the down times right through the pandemic.
Right exactly haven’t we all been through something like waffle let’s look for the positive in this so as we go into National physicians’ week let’s lift the positive the patient.
Physician how we work together how we make decisions together and.
Let’s think about thanking the physicians in your life that have made a difference whether they were mentors whether they were Physicians for you whether they were friends
help patients can see that as a positive as well very well said and I appreciate you bringing that up and
I really appreciate that you all mentioned Marlene Will Smith and physician I look magazine
what an incredible publication that is and
so I want to give a shout out to them they’ve been a sponsor of RX for success for a while now and we certainly appreciate that
and I will once again say how much I appreciate and how much I am indebted to dr.
Marion Mass and dr. Kimberly funches Jackson for sharing the story of national physicians’ week and.
[40:07] All the wonderful things that you do thank you both very much for being here and honor as always Kimberly kudos to everything that you have done for our profession.
[40:16] Thank you and to every physician listen to this happy National physicians’ week take care of yourself.
W yourself show some love to another person and just know that we have your back and we.
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