At the President’s Installation Dinner on November 20, I will be officially sworn-in as your Polk County Medical Association (PCMA) president, so this will be my last letter as your president-elect. I would like to take a moment to thank Dr. Richard Hamilton, our current president, for his leadership and contributions to the PCMA. He has served a generous term and I know he will still be very involved with the PCMA’s initiatives to better the access of healthcare in the community.
In this edition of Central Florida Doctor magazine, we have three medical experts deliberating on the following question: In your opinion, what medical specialty is increasing in demand in the Florida healthcare industry? I found each expert’s response to be very insightful and accurate, so I recommend reading their contributions on page 18.
In addition to the “In My Opinion” column, we have quite a bit of medical community news. The proof is in the pudding that the industry is constantly changing, and part of keeping up with the changing times is by keeping informed, so I definitely recommend reading the “On the Pulse” article, which begins on page 7.
It is my hope as your incoming president that we will continue to come to the table and find more solutions for healthcare in our medical community. Our President’s Installation Dinner will be held at the Grassland Country Club, with social hour beginning at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. I hope to see you there, and all physicians (both members and non-members) are invited to attend. As a special honor at this event, Florida Surgeon General Dr. John Armstrong will be speaking. For more information about the dinner or how you can become more active with the PCMA, please contact our Executive Director, Jackie Courtney at (863) 644-4051.
Arvind B. Soni, M.D.
Director of Radiation Oncology
St. Joseph’s Hospital, BayCare Health System
President-Elect, Polk County Medical Association