November 3, 2016

We thank you, the 250 participants who attended our 2016 Medical Society of Virginia (MSV) Annual Meeting at the Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center in Roanoke from Oct. 13 to 16. As we stand here in the midst of incredible change, we thank you for your support of our strengthened efforts to bring you together and position you to lead and delivery solutions to influence health care on behalf of Virginia’s patients. This year’s meeting, themed, “Live Better. Practice Better. Feel Better.” reflected MSV’s efforts and plans to have all of you engage in your membership and your opportunities at MSV.

During the meeting, delegates elected new officers and directors, including President Bhushan Pandya, M.D. MSV reference committees successfully vetted resolutions and made recommendations to the House of Delegates (HOD) about issues surrounding MSV policy and efforts to support the practice of medicine in Virginia. 

Actions of the 2016 HOD
The 2016 HOD was a resounding success! With more than twenty resolutions, delegates in attendance discussed important issues that impact the practice of medicine in Virginia. 

Some of the actions of the 2016 HOD include: 

  • Approving the proposed 2017 budget
  • Increasing efforts to address the mental health of medical students, residents, and physicians 
  • Supporting the AMA’s policy calling for an end to re-certification examinations
  • Addressing the problem of substance abuse among physicians and other healthcare providers 
  • Opposing special licensing pathways, such as the associate physician license
  • Establishing a workgroup to evaluate the USMLE Step 2 Clinical Skills Exam, including relative value, cost, and accessibility
  • Amending and expanding existing medical marijuana policy to include support for the expansion of medical cannabis research and for the medical use of cannabinoids 

Another major action was updating the MSV bylaws to increase MSV member participation in the House of Delegates. The 2016 Bylaws Committee was appointed by then President Edward G. Koch, M.D., FACOG and comprised of:

  • Richard Szucs, M.D. (Chair)
  • William Reha, M.D, M.B.A.
  • Bhushan H. Pandya, M.D.
  • Larry Monahan, M.D., FACP
  • Michael Amster, M.D. 
  • Kurtis Elward, M.D., MPH, FAAFP (Guest)

The major changes to the bylaws include:

  • Streamlining the process for component societies to be recognized and nominate delegates;
  • Enabling components more options when naming delegates; 
  • Creating opportunities for MSV members to serve as delegates on behalf of their district; and 
  • Increasing the number of specialty societies’ delegates, relative to their MSV membership.

The bylaws were unanimously passed in the second session of the HOD. A complete report of the final annual meeting actions is available by clicking here. If you have questions about your member username or password, call 800 | 746-6768, EXT 1050 or e-mail  

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