CCMS Board’s Letter to the Editor Featured in The Columbian

Physicians: Stay home for holidays

By CCMS Board: Christopher Wheelock, MD; Doug Myers, MD; Mary Shepard, MD; Bruce Andison, MD; Rebecca Hoffman, MD; Don Benz, MD; Alan Melnick, MD; Dino Ramzi, MD, Vancouver

We, as the Clark County Medical Society Board of local physicians, strongly recommend staying home this holiday season. Here’s why:

Since early March 2020, we Americans have been living very different lives protecting one another from the SARS COVID-19 virus. Lives and livelihoods have been disrupted for most of us and for some extremely with the loss of jobs, businesses, and with illness, even death.

While we hope the newly announced vaccines will be able to protect us and help us return to our former lives, we still need to embrace the measures recommended by our public health leaders while we wait. We need to keep to these guidelines, because they work. Masks, social distancing, hand washing, and avoiding gatherings are familiar to us and will need to continue until the vaccine can be broadly distributed.

We need to follow these guidelines until then, likely well into 2021.

We encourage everyone to stay home to avoid spreading the coronavirus this holiday season. Wear masks, socially distance, wash hands, “gather” online. It will be different, but it will help us all have a healthier holiday season now, and in the future.

You can also access it here: https://www.columbian.com/news/2020/dec/09/letter-physicians-stay-home-for-holidays/.


Inspired Healthcare Begins in Clark County

The mission of the Clark County Medical Society is to improve the health and quality of life for Clark County residents by supporting the professional, social, and legislative priorities of Clark County physicians. We are a member-driven association which represents the interests of physicians, physician assistants, and the patients whom we treat here in Clark County. We are your advocates in Olympia both in the legislature and the regulatory arenas.

The Clark County Medical Society Board understands what a challenge- both personally and professionally- this current year has been. We are listening to your concerns and want to be an invaluable resource for ALL healthcare providers in Clark County. We will continue to offer the promotion rolled out this year for new and lapsed members. If you have never been a member of CCMS or your membership has lapsed for five years or more, we will still offer 50% off your first year of dues in 2021!

Also, in response to the current pandemic and its impact on the economy, member dues have been reduced by 50% for all member types beginning in 2021. 

Becoming a CCMS member has never been easier. Please visit: https://wsma.org/join. To pay dues, you will need to access your WSMA account profile via the WSMA website. It’s a breeze to join/renew by signing in with your existing username and password. If you’re a first-time user of the WSMA website, follow the directions on the join/renew page to proceed.

While we strongly encourage you to join both WSMA and CCMS, you can also join/renew with CCMS only online! It’s as easy as 1,2,3:

  1. Log into your Account Profile page here: https://wsma.org/join.
  2. Navigate to “My Profile.”
  3. Click the “Pay County Dues Only” button on the left hand side and enter your payment information.

And you’re done!

We thank you for your continued support of CCMS, and we look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2021.

Christopher Wheelock, MD
CCMS President, 2020-2021


COVID-19 Response

The Washington State Medical Association (WSMA), Washington state officials, and the state’s health care community have joined the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in responding to an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Initially detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province, China in December 2019, COVID-19 is now spreading in Washington state and other U.S. locations.

WSMA has a dedicated COVID-19 resource page that features patient and professional resources: www.wsma.org/covid19.

The ACCME has compiled a list of educational resources about COVID-19 for physicians, all of which include CME credit. The education consists of online courses, video, or articles, and most of these resources are free: https://accme.org/coronavirus-resources.