December 22, 2016
Dear MASM member,
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as President of MASM. I greatly appreciated the support and the vote of confidence that membership gave me during my term as your President. I am passing on the baton of presidency onto Mark Goetting, MD, who has a wealth of experience and a passion for the field of Sleep Medicine.
This past year due to efforts from professional organization(s) as ours, AASM and others, sleep disorders are being recognized as public health problem. Many insurances are waking up to the staggering cost of untreated obstructive sleep apnea and have plans to increase the screening for obstructive sleep apnea in its members.
I envision that the coming years are going to very busy with increasing referrals to accredited sleep centers in Michigan. MASM members should brace to provide timely, cost effective, efficient and chronic management to patients with sleep disorders. Board certified sleep medicine physicians may need to collaborate with primary care physicians and other sub-specialty clinics to provide increased access to comprehensive assessments using innovative approaches such as Telemedicine. Challenges are inevitable as we have learned over the last few years but MASM has been advocating the value of board certified sleep medicine physicians to major insurances across Michigan.
MASM Board of Directors and Election Results
I appreciate all MASM members who voted and election results are in. The incoming Board of Directors (BODs) will include: Mark Goetting, MD, as President, Q. Afifa Shamim-Uzzaman, MD, as President-Elect, Cynthia Nichols, PhD, as Secretary-Treasurer, Soumya Madala, MD, Lee Marmion, MD and Mark Garwood as Directors, with me as Past-President. The next Board of Directors will be scheduled in March/April, 2017 in south-east Michigan. Karen Carter will continue to provide administrative support to our academy. Please feel free to write to her at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or concerns.
MASM Annual Conference
Our last annual meeting in October, 2016 in Bay City was a success under the leadership of
Dr. Narendra Kumar and support from you, the MASM membership. We were able to provide higher CME and CE credits for the conference in comparison to prior years. Speakers and lecturers presented topics that were current and relevant to the practice of sleep medicine. Recommendations for future conferences taken from the evaluations will be considered at the next board meeting. The 2017 meeting will be held in the Lansing area in October under leadership of Chandra Gera, MD, and Ashok Gupta, MD. Stay tuned for dates and venue as they are finalized.
MASM recognized a clinician as well as a technologist with the President’s award this year. MASM intends to bestow the award at MASM conference annually. Please feel free to write to Karen Carter if you have any nomination(s) with a short narrative about the nominee for BODs consideration.
MASM also recognized MASM members for their scholarly activities with “Excellence in Research” award. MASM plans to do this annually, please stay tuned for an announcement on submission of application(s) coming in spring of 2017.
Call for Volunteers at MASM Committees
Committees were created this year with an intention to strengthen MASM, making it more effective and increasing member participation. I greatly appreciate the MASM members who volunteered and had the opportunity to work with many of them very closely. Many of the committee members felt it was a rewarding experience and we are seeking volunteers for the coming year. I would encourage interested MASM members to write to Karen Carter with your CV and a bio sketch.
In 2017 Health Policy Committee, would be chaired by R. Bart Sangal, MD, Education & Practice Management Committee would be chaired Cynthia Nichols, PhD, Membership Committee would be chaired by Soumya Madala, MD and Annual Conference Planning Committee would be co-chaired by Chandra Gera, MD and Ashok Gupta, MD.
MASM remains in a healthy financial condition with support from the membership dues as well as participation from members at the conference. MASM members should have received membership due reminder, please renew your membership for 2017 and encourage your colleagues or co-workers to renew or join. Membership dues can be paid online at www.masmnet.org.
I wish everyone Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year.
Neeraj Kaplish, MD