Many local societies have resources to share – time and dollars – as a way of giving back to their communities. If your society is not one of them, consider examples from medical societies around the state. Here is just a snapshot of how Indiana communities benefit from medical society efforts.
Vanderburgh County Medical Society (VCMS)
Helping patients find medical records when a physician has retired or left the city is one of the valuable services VCMS provides the community.
The VCMS also donates to the Albion Fellows Bacon Center, a shelter for domestic violence victims. Additionally, the First District Medical Society supports scholarships to the IU School of Medicine-Evansville.
Read more here.
Indianapolis Medical Society (IMS)
Over the past 10 years, more than 2,000 Indianapolis-area physicians have voluntarily provided medical care, including much-needed surgeries, to more than 2,300 uninsured patients through Project Health. With the implementation of the health care law, the program ends March 31.
Additionally, the IMS will be contributing to two scholarships, one each for the IU School of Medicine and the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Read more on the IMS website.
Monroe/Owen County Medical Society (MOCMS)
Bloomington-area students have been learning more about exercise and healthy eating thanks to a MOCMS grant program. During the past four years, the society has offered grants ranging from $300 to $1,000 per project. This year’s grant totaled $4,000, benefiting seven schools.
Additionally, the MOCMS supports:
- An exhibit at the WonderLab Museum of Science, Health and Technology that promotes science and medical careers
- IU Health Bloomington Health Careers Camp
- Volunteers in Medicine of Monroe County, a free health clinic
- Middle Way House of Bloomington, a shelter for victims of domestic violence
Find details here under Sponsorships and Community Involvement.
Fort Wayne Medical Society (FWMS)
Alliance members in Fort Wayne are the philanthropic arm of the medical society. Through several programs, the Alliance and medical society demonstrate that physicians and their families give back to the community.
Here are two of their most popular programs:
- Docs vs. Suits softball game. Each year, the IU School of Medicine-Fort Wayne partners with the Alliance to plan this annual event. FWMS physicians challenge local business members for a game of softball to raise money for the medical school. Last year, the game raised approximately $70,000 through donations, player sponsorships and T-shirt sales.
- Doctors’ Day. For nearly 20 years, FWMS physicians have participated in the annual Doctors’ Day event at Science Central. Organized by the Alliance, the event gives physician members a chance to provide hands-on education about the science of medicine. Approximately 2,400 children and adults attend annually.
Read more at the FWMS website.
Lake County Medical Society (LCMS)
Last year, the LCMS made a very generous donation of $50,000 for the renovation and expansion of the Human Gross Anatomy Lab at IU Northwest in Gary. The same amount will be contributed this year. As a result, the lab will be named after the medical society. The announcement will be made in April.
|Top: Fort Wayne physicians challenge local business members for an annual game of softball. This year’s event raised $70,000 for medical student scholarships.
Bottom: VCMS members, Dan Adams, M.D. (left photo), and Todd Burry, M.D., introduce children to medical science through hands-on learning demonstrations during last year’s annual Doctors’ Day event at Washington Square Mall in Evansville.