Physicians Foundation releases BOD meeting summary

The Physicians Foundation’s Board of Directors held its quarterly meeting in New Orleans on October 19-20. The following is a summary of what transpired during that meeting.

The Board reviewed its strategic plan to ensure its continued alignment with the Foundation’s priority areas. The Foundation continues to track progress towards its strategic goals with review of each committee's activities.

The board approved the proposed 2019 budget.


– The Foundation will begin its collaboration with ‘The Health Initiative’ to support elevating the physician voice in the national discourse on social determinants of health.

– The Board approved partnering with Regina Corso Consulting for the upcoming 2019 biennial patient survey.


– The Board heard an update on its physician wellness efforts, including its support of the ‘Practice Transformation Initiative: Solutions to Increase Joy in Medicine,’ which will be offered in collaboration with the American Medical Association.

– The Board approved four physician leadership grants for renewed support to the ACCMA Community Health Foundation, the California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, the Institute for Medical Quality, and the Medical Education and Scientific Foundation of New York.

– The Board approved two requests for hurricane relief support for the North Carolina Medical Society Foundation and the Foundation for Healthy Floridians.

– The Board has appointed a task force to develop a process for providing future disaster relief support to organizations that help physicians and their patients in response to disasters.

Medical Practice

– The Board heard an update on the Physicians Foundation Center for the Study of Physician Practice and Leadership in collaboration with Weill Cornell Medical College. Lawrence Casalino, M.D., Ph.D., shared the work of the Center to date and detailed forthcoming projects.

– The Board also heard a report by Dr. Casalino on the ‘Physician Time Use’ project conducted at Weill Cornell Medical College. Articles reflecting the findings of the study are forthcoming.

– The Board approved establishing the ‘Physicians Foundation Fund for Health Information Exchange’ to be administered by the KAMMCO Foundation from which private physician practices can receive funding to purchase interfaces for their EMRs to work more efficiently.

Physician Leadership

– The Foundation hosted its 2018 Physician Leadership Academy for state medical society current presidents or other officers in partnership with Brandeis University on September 12-15. Participants shared positive feedback on the academy, and plans will soon be formed for the 2019 academy.

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