Call for Nominations: Rhinehart Medical Service Award


Rhinehart Medical Service Award

Nominations are open for the 15th annual Don F. Rhinehart, MD, Medical Service Award. This award recognizes OCMS members, active or retired, who have demonstrated significant involvement in projects to help improve health care, the community or the state.

Nominations must include:

  • the name of the nominee,
  • the project(s) in which the nominee has been involved at the local, state or national level,
  • the reason(s) why their involvement or service is worthy of recognition.

 Nominations should not exceed 650 words. The recipient will be selected at the November OCMS Board of Directors meeting; the award will be presented at the Inaugural Dinner on January 25, 2019.

Email nomination to Alison Fink

Deadline: October 11, 2019

Physician Suicide Awareness Fundraiser


The OCMS Physician Wellness Program is selling bracelets that recognize physician suicide awareness. Order your bracelet online here:! The logo bracelet features teal and purple beads, the colors of physician suicide awareness.The cuff has an inspirational message, “Be the Change You Want to See” – reminding us of the importance of helping others in our profession succeed. The leather cuff, for men and women, features the ribbon and "Be the Change" - cementing the desire to change the future of physicians.

AMA Data Request on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data Collection


The American Medical Association (AMA) represents all of America’s physicians regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, color, ethnicity, religion, disability or other characteristics, without discrimination or bias. Understanding the needs of all physicians means collecting vital demographic data. Our House of Delegates adopted a new policy that addresses learning more about the physician population, specifically as it relates to sexual orientation and gender identity. Having this information means the AMA will be better equipped to meet the specific needs—and better reflect the makeup—of the nation’s increasingly diverse physician community.

We are asking for your help in requesting your members’ data.  Please ask them to fill out the survey linked below. Physician responses to the AMA’s request for this personal information are entirely voluntary and will be kept completely confidential. No physician will be required to provide this information.

Physicians can access or create a free account at and provide this information.

Contribute to new AMA-RAND research


Contribute to new AMA-RAND research: The RAND Corporation and American Medical Association are conducting research to better understand and describe how physician practices in a variety of specialties and practice arrangements (independent, IPA, health system, etc)   that have integrated behavioral health care into the range of services they offer. If you’ve integrated behavioral health care in your practice, whether you’re in the early stages or have a well-established program, we are asking for your participation in this research project. This phone interview-based research will enable the AMA to provide physicians with training and resources needed to effectively implement and manage behavioral health care in their practices. If you’re interested and available to participate, please contact Mark Friedberg, MD, MPP, RAND Senior Physician Policy Researcher 

[email protected].