When I moved to the Hudson Valley 3 years ago, the first thing I missed about the city the teaching hospital where I knew most of the people. There was so much colleague interaction and exchange of ideas. In a small community hospital, it is hard to make time to get to know anyone while working long hours.
I was glad to have joined the Dutchess County Medical Society for that particular reason. The dinners are nice don’t get me wrong! But it is the company of colleagues and listening to their ideas initially and eventually participating in the conversations that makes my membership worth it to me.
It is good to attend these monthly meetings to gain some knowledge, listen to what is happening in other specialties and enjoy a meal together. I feel motivated at the end of these meetings to come up with ideas, to help make a change.
Yes, I was one of those people who did not want to be bothered by politics. I do not understand it and besides my training is in anesthesia, not in deciphering any legislation! But all of us now know how much the silence and indifference cost us. How important it is for each one of us to pay attention to what is happening to healthcare. To understand no (wo)man is an island. I claim no better understanding but DCMS provides me the platform to ask questions, understand our responsibilities and have the possibility of being in the forefront, addressing these issues by sharing ideas for a better future for all of us.
- Padma Surampudi, MD