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Annual Meeting 2016: A weekend of highlights

Well, another Annual Meeting is over, and I think it was an outstanding event with a number of valuable additions this year.

The Foundation’s annual dinner on Friday night was excellent, and I believe everyone heard a great message from Dipesh Navsaria, MD, MPH, MSLIS, while having a remarkable time. Doctor Navsaria’s presentation on childhood brain development and the importance of reading was to a great one for a mixed audience of medical professionals and guests. The silent auction again featured a number of marvelous offerings, and it was fun to see friends and colleagues bidding on and winning items, all for a great cause.

The Annual Meeting itself included action on several interesting resolutions that went through the traditional reference committee/House of Delegates process. A number of my colleagues from District 7 were able to serve on the various reference committees, with one even serving as chair. This is a great learning experience, and as always, I think the Annual Meeting provides excellent leadership training.

The educational session on Saturday afternoon went very well, and included a poster session—something I don’t believe the Society has hosted for decades. It was a great opportunity to meet residents, review their research projects and interact with the future of our profession.

We also were fortunate to have Gov. Walker as one of our guest speakers. He gave a nice message, focusing on opioid addiction and the work being done both in the legislature and by physicians to address this epidemic.

Saturday evening featured the annual Presidential Inauguration and Awards ceremony. Barbara A. Hummel, MD, was sworn in as our 165th president and awards were given to a number of worthy recipients. I won’t go into all of them here, but you can read more about them in Medigram. And although he couldn’t attend in person, House Speaker Paul Ryan received the Presidential Citation from outgoing President Jerry Halverson, MD, and provided a nice video-taped acceptance.

In no way is this a comprehensive analysis of all that occurred over the weekend, and definitely one of the biggest highlights was simply the opportunity to come together—something that’s perhaps best illustrated in many of the photos from the weekend. Be sure to check them out on our Facebook page.

All in all, it was a great meeting. Next year, we’ll be meeting in Wisconsin Dells at the Wilderness Resort on April 22-23. Please mark your calendar and save the date. Attend your district caucus, offer to serve on a reference committee if you are at all interested, and I hope to see you at next year’s Annual Meeting.

Doctor Dexter, MD, a board-certified neurologist and sleep medicine specialist, is the Wisconsin Medical Society’s chief medical officer. He also serves as vice chief medical officer, Northwest Wisconsin Region, for Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire, is an assistant professor of neurology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and he continues to practice part-time. He received his medical degree from Mayo Medical School in Rochester, Minn., and he completed his residency and fellowship at the Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education.

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