NAM News - March 2, 2023
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Doctors' Day on the Hill - March 7

Calling all physicians, residents and medical students! Join the Nashville Academy of Medicine and TMA on March 7th for Doctor's Day on the Hill. This  is a unique opportunity to advocate for your patients and profession at the Tennessee State Capitol. Show your support for healthcare policies that will benefit your patients and the community as a whole. Don't miss this chance to make your voice heard and connect with fellow physicians. Join the Nashville Academy of Medicine today and be a part of this important event! 
Please click here or the image below to register. Read about TMA's key legislative issues for 2023 here

When Doctors Know Each Other, Patients Benefit

Sometimes, it's who you know that makes a difference. A new study in JAMA Internal Medicine found that when primary care physicians' patients were referred to specialists with whom they trained in medical school or later programs, patient reviews of the specialist were higher than when there was no such bond - even if the PCP didn't make the referral. In evaluations at one large health system, patients said these specialists treated them with more concern, gave clearer explanations, engaged them in more shared decision-making, and spent more time with them compared to patients who saw specialists without ties to their PCPs.

The researchers suspect specialists knew PCPs would read their clinical notes or hear from their patients. As opposed to incentives that involve money, "this study suggests potentially large gains in quality from encouraging and harnessing physician-peer relationships," the authors write.
Today, Medical Societies like NAM are a primary means for physicians to develop peer relationships in a community, and the study underlines one of the many benefits of membership. 

Happy Doctor's Day!

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    Board Chair
  • Michael Beckham, MD
  • Carl Willis, MD
  • Laura Lawson, MD
  • Christin Giordano McAuliffe, MD
  • Parul Goyal, MD
  • George "Trey" Lee, III, MD
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