For the past two centuries, MSV has represented the passion and power of Virginia’s physicians working together. MSV has defined Virginia medicine as we know it today, but most importantly, has championed physician-led patient care.

Physician’s strength, innovation, and service to their profession has had a humanitarian impact on our history and is carving the path forward to making Virginia the best place to practice medicine and receive care.

The story of the Medical Society of Virginia is the story of anyone who has ever been a patient in Virginia, anyone who has had a friend that was a patient - a mother or father, son or daughter, wife or husband - and the care that made them well again.

MSV represents the passion and power of Virginia’s physicians working together. Their resilience, dedication, and leadership to their profession is creating a better place to practice and receive care in Virginia. That story holds a place in history and is carving the path forward for better well-being for all Virginians.

MSV and its members has a history of health care progress for the Commonwealth. Most recently, MSV has been leading the effort to curb the opioid crisis in Virginia and advocate for change. MSV partnered with other Virginia changemakers and developed innovative solutions to removing barriers to obtaining treatment to those in need, provide educational opportunities for physicians, and create prescribing regulations for pain management. MSV partnered with our hospital and patient communities this past legislative session to eliminate other barriers to receiving care with reform of prior authorization and step therapy – processes that delay or prevent necessary treatment. When physicians are involved in the legislative process, patients come first.

MSV recognized the exponential rise and damage of physician burnout by creating programs to bring back the joy in practicing medicine and empower our doctors. When physicians are treating patients at their healthiest, patients are healthier and happier, too.

Virginia’s physicians have had a pivotal role throughout the history of Virginia medicine, including support of medical education, development of codes of ethical behavior and the establishment of the Board of Health, the Board of Medical Examiners, and the Virginia Health Quality Center. These moments of history have defined Virginia medicine for how we know it today, but most importantly, they stand for physician-led patient care. This high level of care is dependent on the expertise gained through over a decade of medical training and the heart that inspires doctors to commit to the profession in the first place. Physicians deliver the humanity in health care that all sectors of influence on the system should strive to achieve. MSV will continue to champion the Virginia doctors who change our lives every day.

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