The Pulse of King County Medicine
The Pulse of King County Medicine
A physician membership organization

Join Us at the KCMS Delegate Council: 
Help Shape the Future of Healthcare


Mark Your Calendar! For the First 2024 KCMS Delegate Council Meeting 
📅 Date: June 4th

🕕 Time: 6 – 8 p.m. 
📍 Location: KCMS Building (200 Broadway, Seattle, 98122)

Why Attend? 
  • Shape the Future: Engage directly in crafting solutions that advance healthcare.
  • Represent Peers: Be the voice for the needs and challenges of healthcare professionals and the communities they serve.
  • Flexible Support: KCMS is committed to supporting your participation, offering flexible involvement options to fit your busy life.
  • Build Community: Connect with fellow physicians, share experiences, and grow together in a collaborative environment.

    Don't miss this opportunity to make a difference in the healthcare landscape. Your participation is crucial as we unite to innovate and improve healthcare for everyone.

    📩 RSVP & More Information contact Shurlon Brathwaite at sbrath@kcmsociety.org.


    We're looking forward to a productive and enjoyable evening together.
Learn More About the KCMS Delegate Council

Key Takeaways on Updated Breast Cancer Screening Guidelines and Vaccines


1. New Screening Age  The USPSTF now recommends starting mammogram screenings at age 40, continuing until age 74, updating the previous start age of 50.

2. Reasons for the Change 

Increasing Cases: Breast cancer rates in individuals under 50 are on the rise.

Aggressiveness: Younger individuals often face more aggressive forms of breast cancer.

Delayed Detection: Cancer in younger people is often detected at more advanced stages.

3. Technology and Mortality

Technological Advances: Innovations such as 3D mammograms and AI are improving detection rates.

Mortality Reduction: Earlier screening could lead to a reduction in breast cancer deaths, particularly among Black women, who are disproportionately affected.

4. Breast Cancer Vaccines There are promising developments in vaccines, especially for triple-negative breast cancer, which are showing promising results in early trials.

For more information, please follow this link.

AMPAC CAMPAIGN SCHOOL

The 2024 AMPAC Campaign School will return in-person from July 25-28 at the AMA offices in Washington, DC!

Recognized as one of the top programs in the country, this comprehensive program will equip you with the skills to become an effective political strategist and help elect friends of medicine. The Campaign School is renowned for its simulated campaign for the U.S. House of Representatives, complete with demographics, voting statistics, and candidate biographies.

Participants will join campaign "staff" teams and engage in practical exercises in strategy, vote targeting, social media, paid advertising, and public speaking. Learn insider tactics from seasoned experts across the political spectrum, who currently advise campaigns at all levels nationwide.

The program welcomes physicians, spouses of physicians, residents, and medical students eager to engage in politics—whether you're new to grassroots efforts or considering a run for public office. No matter your starting point, you'll gain a comprehensive understanding of how campaigns are run. As an AMPAC graduate, you'll be a valuable advisor to candidates on strategy, messaging, and campaign planning.

Sign up today and take the next step toward influencing the future of medicine through effective political action.

2024 Final Report

Seattle/King County Clinic occurred over four days, February 15 - 18, 2024, at Seattle Center. More than 107 organizations and 3,968 volunteers contributed to the project. A wide range of clinical services were offered, free of charge, on a first-come, first-served basis to 2,900 individuals. Despite clinical volunteer shortages, which unfortunately led to turning some people away, the clinic successfully attracted a racially diverse and economically disadvantaged patient population. These patients received over $2.8 million in dental, vision, and medical care.
We are grateful to all the KCMS physicians who participated and helped uphold the clinic's values and commitment to providing a quality experience. This report includes a summary of findings from multiple data sources, including patient and volunteer registration data, patient service data, volunteer feedback, and patient feedback.
Read the full report using the link below.

MEMBERS ON THE MOVE

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST KCMS MEMBER

Ashley Dotson

My name is Ashley Dotson, and I’m a 3rd year medical student at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). I was born and raised in Seattle, WA, and attended Saint Martin’s University in Lacey, WA, where I graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. Prior to my acceptance to UWSOM, I worked as a Research Technician in a laboratory studying pancreas cancer at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center. This experience not only showed me the value of teamwork and interdisciplinary collaboration during the investigative process but also reinforced my commitment to lifelong learning and maintaining superior, evidence-based scientific and clinical standards. My professional ambitions are to pursue a residency in Internal Medicine with the goal of ultimately becoming a Gastroenterologist. I’m steadfastly committed to providing comprehensive, empathetic, and equitable clinical care to underserved patient populations while also serving as a proactive patient advocate and mentor to the next generation of aspiring minority physicians. 

Outside of medicine, I enjoy attending Zumba classes with my Mom and watching football #GoHawks!

Tamyra Clark-Hoogstrate

My name is Tamyra Clark-Hoogstrate, and I’m an MS1 at the University of Washington School of Medicine. I have lived my whole life in Seattle and graduated from Seattle Pacific University with a double major in Applied Human Biology/Life Sciences and a Psychology minor. My current specialties of interest include anesthesia, pathology, and correctional medicine. I jump at any opportunity to share my knowledge and engage with my community, and I am particularly interested in mentoring underserved/underrepresented pre-med students.
Contact Us
info@kcmsociety.org 
200 Broadway Suite 200 | Seattle, WA 98122 United States
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