Submit Your Resolution for the MSMS House of Delegates by March 15, 2011

The 146th Annual Meeting of the Michigan State Medical Society House of
Delegates will be held April 29 – May 1, 2011, at the Radisson Hotel in
Kalamazoo.  The opening session will convene Friday evening at 7:00 p.m.

If you would like to write and submit a resolution the following
documents can assist you.  The first document is a guide on How to Write a Resolution. The second document is a blank resolution form to be completed
and submitted to MSMS by Wednesday, March 15.  Resolutions may be mailed to
Christina Burkitt, Michigan State Medical Society, 120 West Saginaw, East
Lansing, MI 48823, or e-mailed to cburkitt@msms.org , or faxed to 517-337-2490.

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Mirror Neurons and Empathy: An Interactive Cased-Based Approach to Treating Difficult Patients

Presentation by: Dr. Evangeline Spindler, MD

Past President, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society; Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Faculty, University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Ann Arbor

Summary by Sallie J. Schiel, Executive Director WCMS

Dr. Spindler began her presentation by describing what potentially constitutes a “difficult patient” and many of the characteristics they often exhibit.  These patients are frequently demanding of time, medical tests, and prescriptions.  They often refuse recommended treatment and present with medically unexplainable symptoms.  Conditions of psychological distress can be manifested in chronic and disabling physical symptoms.  When these difficult patients present in the physician’s office, they can elicit negative feelings by the practitioner.

An understanding of “mirror neurons” and how they work may become a tool for the physician dealing with a difficult patient.   Dr. Spindler outlined ways in which knowledge of “mirror neurons” can help in treating difficult patients as follows.  First, identify your gut reactions to these “difficult patients;” second, utilize empathy as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool; third, understand the “difficult patients” in a new light; and treat difficult patients with a new approach. Read the rest of this entry »

WCMS General Session – November 9, 2010

Submitted by: Sallie Schiel

The Washtenaw County Medical Society met at the Ann Arbor City Club on Tuesday evening, November 9, 2010.  President, Cheryl Farmer, MD, called the meeting to order.

The minutes from the May 11, 2010, General Session Meeting, as published in the July/August/September 2010 Bulletin, were unanimously approved.

2011 WCMS BALLOT

Diana Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH, Chair of the WCMS Nominating Committee, presented the WCMS 2011 Ballot.  The slate of officers included Cynthia H. Krueger, MD, President-elect; Barbara A. Threatt, MD, Secretary; and Edward P. Washabaugh, MD, Treasurer.  The three candidates for elected positions on the WCMS Executive Council were Andrew R. Barnosky, DO, MPH; Charles F. Koopmann, MD; and Joseph B. Thompson, MD.  Seven members running for a two-year term (2011-2012) as Delegates to the MSMS House of Delegates were Allan C.D. Brown, MD; Sandro K. Cinti, MD; Joel J. Heidelbaugh, MD; Daniel G. Sherick, MD; Diana E. Torres-Burgos, MD, MPH; Edward P. Washabaugh, MD; and Mary H. Westhoff, MD.  Alternate Delegates running for a two-year term (2011-2012) were Michael G. Chrissos, MD; Christopher S. Kim, MD; Charles F. Koopmann, MD; Barry M. Nathan, MD; Raymond J. Rion, MD; Joseph B. Thompson, MD; and Bradley J. Uren, MD.  James C. Mitchiner, MD, made a motion to unanimously accept the slate of officers, delegates, and alternate delegates as presented on the ballot.  Motion carried.

INTRODUCTION

President Farmer introduced Wayne Vaupel, MSMS Physicians Insurance Agency (PIA) representative, and thanked him for PIA’s support of the WCMS General Sessions.

PROGRAM

President Farmer introduced the evening’s program, “Mirror Neurons and Empathy:  An Interactive Cased-Based Approach to Treating Difficult Patients.”  Evangeline J. Spindler, MD, Past President, Michigan Psychoanalytic Society; Training and Supervising Analyst, Michigan Psychoanalytic Council Faculty, University of Michigan Medical School and Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Ann Arbor, was the featured speaker.

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