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Dear colleagues,

I want to thank every member of our medical community for the huge lift we have all made to keep our community safe and well during these surreal times. We have quickly adapted to new protocols, to telemedicine, to new points of entry into our workplaces, and to figuring out how we can best serve our patients and families to make sure they don’t fall behind on needed care while also protecting our frontline workers.

Just as we must redesign healthcare and education to respond to the pandemic, COMS must also adapt. Because our traditional meetings with meals, drinks and socializing simply cannot happen, we will be moving to an online platform until it is safe to gather again in person. The executive committee is currently working on programming for the fall, and I am pleased to share with you our first virtual meeting on the evening of September 29: The Community Impact of COVID-19. This will be a conversation between Dr. George Conway (Deschutes County Health Services Director), Eric King (Bend City Manager), Lora Nordquist (Interim Superintendent, Bend-La Pine Schools), and Scott Cooper (Executive Director, NeighborImpact), moderated by Gerry O’Brien (Editor, Bend Bulletin). The meeting will take place on September 29 at 6:00pm via Zoom. Please register in advance.

Of course, video meetings cannot replace the experience of being in a room together. In recognition of this, the executive committee has waved membership fees for the remainder of 2020. For those members who have already paid, these fees will be credited toward your 2021 membership. If your membership has lapsed, please consider joining us again. Even if we cannot be together in person, it is vital that we continue building a community of physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners who care for one another as we care for our patients. 

Thank you for all you do,

Amy Tatom, FNP

President, Central Oregon Medical Society