A Letter from the President

Dear Colleagues,

The North Carolina Society of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians was founded in 2000 and has grown over the past 18 years into a vibrant and member oriented organization.  This August I was elected to serve as president of the NCS-ACOFP.  I consider this as both an honor and a challenge.  The honor is that I get to be a servant leader and to do what is needed to maintain the high quality of the organization.  This will be less of a challenge due to the exceptional leadership of my predecessor, Aston Molai, DO.  He left me a society that is in excellent financial shape and has growing membership.  Additionally, Nancy Guy, the NCS-ACOFP’s executive director, has done a fantastic job of managing the day-to-day work of the society and organizing our meetings to make us all look great.

The challenge will be executing the goals I have set for this year. In order to accomplish these goals I will need the support of your elected officers, the executive director and each one of you. Here are my goals:

  • Membership – any organization must grow to remain viable. I would like to see a 5-10% growth in the next year. I will need your help in this.  NCS-ACOFP will send out letters to all Osteopathic Family Physicians in NC.  However, personal contact encourages members to join and remain as members. Please consider talking to a colleague and asking them to join or letting us know whom to contact.
  • Mentorship – I want to grow the leaders of NCS-ACOFP from among our current and future members.  To do this I will need volunteers to work at a local level as a regional organizer or on a standing committee.  Please let us know of your interest to become a regional leader or for one of our committees (please list the committees)
  • Advocacy – Each year NCS-ACOFP sends representatives to the ACOFP Congress of Delegates to discuss and vote on changes to the constitution and by-laws of the ACOFP and on policy statements. As a small state NC is often unaware of the background or subtleties of these measures. Dr Larry Anderson, ACOFP past president, recommended NCS-ACOFP take the initiative to form a consortium or caucus of the Southeastern states.  I will be contacting the presidents of South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana to see if there is interest and then move forward to establish a caucus.
  • Education – Each year the NCS-ACOFP hosts a summer CME Conference. This past year’s event in Pinehurst included excellent content and very well attended. In conjunction with NCOMA and Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine, a winter CME meeting is presented at Campbell.  I would like to set up a one day CME for the western part of the state if there is interest.  This would serve to bring us together and add to our medical education opportunities.
  • Financial – I must be a good steward of our finances – thus we need to increase membership, continue to host excellent well-attended meeting and invest our funds wisely.

To accomplish these bold goals I will need your help. Please contact me at [email protected]  or Nancy Guy at [email protected] with suggestions for additional goals or event.  With your help, this will be a great year and an ever better organizaation.

Michael Murphy, DO