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Craig Lichtblau MD
As I began to prepare this Message in mid-May, Florida was just into Phase 1 Economic Recovery with the exception of the three South Florida Counties of Miami/Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach which is the County in which I practice. The viability of our annual meeting and conference scheduled for July 16 – 19, at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Ft Lauderdale (Broward County) was uncertain.
Now as we roll into June, we know our annual meeting and conference will go forward. Every effort has been made with the hotel to maintain public health and safety guidelines. The plan, as we understand it at this time, is to have three rotating groups. Two of the groups will be spread out into large program rooms to maintain social distancing. The third group will be scheduled for exhibit hall/free time. Exhibitors are to be spread out and since only a third of the attendees will be there at any given time, there should be adequate space for safety.
And we know the plan may be modified as we go….we are, after all, creating the new normal, recreating ourselves and there's no playbook. So we anticipate some changes in the program because of the rotations. Some presentations will be repeated so that all attendees can have access, some presentations will be given only once, and some presentations will need to be rescheduled or cancelled. As we have updated program information, we will provide it to you.
Food service will be plated, no buffets. Eblasts have gone out and will again, asking for RSVP's for food service events. Pay attention to these. One went out regarding Saturday morning's breakfast and Saturday's lunch, both commercially sponsored. This year, you will have to pre-register in order to get into these events.
We are especially looking forward to FSPMR's Saturday night event. Watch for an email asking for RSVPs for FSPMR's Annual Business Meeting and Dinner, 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Pre-registration will be required.
This is my last President's Message. By the time of the next issue in September, FSPMR will have a new President and Board of Directors. Elections will occur at our annual meeting and the official Slate of Candidates for the 2020 – 2022 cycle is shared with you in this issue. I want to recognize and thank FSPMR's 2018 – 2020 Officers and Directors for their service over the past two years. You will find their names and photographs inside this issue.
During my tenure over the past two years, we have focused on Society improvement in some specific ways:
- 1. PM&R Pioneers – (see article in this issue). We are seasoned physiatrists, extending ourselves to FSPMR younger physicians. We urge our newer members to utilize and take advantage of this member benefit
- 2. Systematic Inclusion of the State of Florida's PM&R Residents in meetings, board discussions, Society communications, CME presentations, as well as the Resident Liaisons to FSPMR from each of the four programs in our State.
- 3. Scholary, Scientific Newsletter Articles. Important additions to the welcome opinion pieces and various community updates that we publish. Our newsletter is another member benefit.
- 4. Continued co-meetings with the Florida Society of Interventional Pain Physicians. Beneficial to FSPMR (and FSIPP) in multiple ways.
I would like to part with the same suggestion for members that I started this Presidency with: when you speak to other physiatrists, encourage them to join the Florida Society of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation because there is strength in numbers. As new problems arise, we will need a stronger and more powerful voice.
Thank you again for the honor and privilege of serving you
FSPM&R Presidents Message June 2020
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