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2015 Annual Meeting Wrap-up

Society President Jerry Halverson, MD, takes the oath of office

Society President Jerry Halverson, MD, takes the oath of office

President Jerry Halverson, MD, and Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD

President Jerry Halverson, MD, and Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD

Doctor Dart transfers the presidential medallion to Dr. Halverson

Doctor Dart transfers the presidential medallion to Dr. Halverson

Doctor Dart gives his farewell address

Doctor Dart gives his farewell address

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, presents the Past President Award to Dr. Dart

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, presents the Past President Award to Dr. Dart

Keshni Ramnanan, MD, receives the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award

Keshni Ramnanan, MD, receives the Kenneth M. Viste, Jr., MD, Young Physician Leadership Award

Medical student Trista Stankowski-Drengler accepts the Houghton Award from Foundation President Erik Gundersen, MD

Medical student Trista Stankowski-Drengler accepts the Houghton Award from Foundation President Erik Gundersen, MD

Medical student James Lehman accepts the Foundation’s Presidential Scholar award

Medical student James Lehman accepts the Foundation’s Presidential Scholar award

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, Foundation President Erik Gundersen, MD, Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD, President Jerry Halverson, MD

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, Foundation President Erik Gundersen, MD, Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD, President Jerry Halverson, MD

Annual Meeting Reception

Annual Meeting Reception

Timothy McAvoy, MD, visiting with medical students

Timothy McAvoy, MD, visiting with medical students

Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD, talks about physician satisfaction

Society Chief Medical Officer Donn Dexter, MD, talks about physician satisfaction

Question and answer session at the Annual Meeting CME program “Physician Satisfaction: The Heart and Soul of the Profession”

Question and answer session at the Annual Meeting CME program Physician Satisfaction: The Heart and Soul of the Profession

Guests panelists discuss trends in their own states and associations

Guests panelists discuss trends in their own states and associations

Christine Sinsky, MD, talks about finding joy in practice during the CME session

Christine Sinsky, MD, talks about finding joy in practice during the CME session

House of Delegates Reference Committee

House of Delegates Reference Committee

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addresses the House of Delegates, AMA Trustee Maya Babu, MD, and the Society’s AMA delegation

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch addresses the House of Delegates, AMA Trustee Maya Babu, MD, and the Society’s AMA delegation

The Society’s AMA Delegation

The Society's AMA Delegation

House of Delegates

House of Delegates

House of Delegates

House of Delegates

House of Delegates

House of Delegates

Reference Committee members listen to testimony Saturday afternoon

Reference Committee members listen to testimony Saturday afternoon

President-elect Barbara Hummel, MD, takes the oath of office

President-elect Barbara Hummel, MD, takes the oath of office

Mike Miller, MD, talks about physician wellness during the CME program

Mike Miller, MD, talks about physician wellness during the CME program

President Jerry Halverson, MD, President-elect Barbara Hummel, MD, and Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD

President Jerry Halverson, MD, President-elect Barbara Hummel, MD, and Immediate Past President Richard Dart, MD

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, and Society CEO Rick Abrams

Board Chair Molli Rolli, MD, and Society CEO Rick Abrams

Speaker Charles Rainey, MD, JD, and Vice Speaker Michael Miller, MD, monitor debate in the House of Delegates

Speaker Charles Rainey, MD, JD, and Vice Speaker Michael Miller, MD, monitor debate in the House of Delegates


 

Jerry L. Halverson, MD, DFAPA, of Fitchburg was inaugurated the 164th president of the Wisconsin Medical Society during the Society’s Annual Meeting at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center April 25-26 in Madison. Doctor Halverson succeeds Richard A. Dart, MD, of Marshfield.

A board-certified adult psychiatrist with a subspecialty in psychosomatic medicine, Dr. Halverson is medical director of the FOCUS program, as well as adult services at Rogers Memorial Hospital, based in Oconomowoc. As Society president, Dr. Halverson plans to focus attention on improving public health and using data to improve health care quality and health care access at the local and national levels. Click here to view his inaugural speech, and click here to read more about him.

More than two dozen physicians were elected to Society leadership positions during the Annual Meeting, including Barbara A. Hummel, MD, of West Allis, who was elected president-elect. A board-certified family physician in private practice, Dr. Hummel is affiliated with Aurora St. Luke’s Medical Center and Aurora West Allis Medical Center.

Other physicians elected to leadership positions include Molli Rolli, MD, who was re-elected chair of the Board of Directors; Thomas M. Derrig, MD, who was elected vice chair; Julie B. Schuller, MD, MPH, MBA, who was elected treasurer; Michael M. Miller, MD, speaker of the House of Delegates and Jay A. Gold, MD, JD, MPH, vice speaker of the House of Delegates. Click here for more information about these physicians, as well as new and re-elected board members and AMA delegates.

House of Delegates actions

Highlights of the Annual Meeting also included a CME program focusing on physician satisfaction as well as debate and action taken by the House of Delegates on resolutions. For a detailed summary of the actions, click here.*

Society, Foundation awards presented

Several individuals were recognized for their achievements and contributions to patients and the profession. Among those honored were Steven Manson, MD, of La Crosse, who received the 2015 Physician Citizen of the Year Award; and U.S. Representative Ron Kind and Tom Jackson, MD, who each received Presidential Citations.

In addition, the Wisconsin Medical Society Foundation presented four awards, including the Kenneth M. Viste MD, Young Physician Leadership Award to Keshni Ramnanan, MD, of Summit. (Read more here.) James Lehman, a student at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health received the Presidential Scholar Award, and fourth-year medical students Mark Kashtan and Trista Stankowski-Drengler were named recipients of the 2015 Houghton Awards.

Mark your calendar for the Society’s 2016 Annual Meeting, being held April 2-3 in Madison.

*(Member log-in is required to access the resolutions and final actions. Click here to access the log-in page. Additional member log-in information is here.)