The MSSC’s new young physicians group will go public with a June 19 mixer at Old Town’s Third Place Brewing.
The new group is spurred by MSSC members Drs. Chuck Coffey, Braden Foster and Katie Rosell, and is intended to provide an avenue for young physicians to network and become involved as they navigate the practice and business of medicine early in their careers.
“I like the idea of just getting out and seeing other physicians,” said Dr. Rosell, who went into practice with Neurology Consultants of Kansas last summer.
The June 19 mixer is at Third Place Brewing, where Dr. Tom Kryzer is a co-owner. Dr. Kryzer will tell about brewing and provide a tour as part of the event, which features free beer, of course. Future events will include a joint mixer with the Wichita Bar Association’s Young Lawyers group in September.
This year, Dr. Foster is the recipient of the MSSC’s Dr. Joe Meek Award and is engaging in leadership-building opportunities. He sees both collegial and professional benefits from the group and the MSSC at large.
“Something I realized when I got out of residency was that medicine involved an ever-changing path. You either need to be part of that, or you’re going to be left behind,” he said.
As the father of two young children and the spouse of a physician, Dr. Foster knows that finding time is challenging. “The most beneficial thing is the networking, not only in your specialty but in other subspecialties as well. You can learn about insurance trends, medical legal issues and hospital matters, for example.”
“I have friends who are general surgeons, who are obstetricians, who are in other specialties. There is power in numbers. If we are able to get outside the natural environment, on a personal level, it helps strengthen the bonds,” Dr. Foster says. In an age of hospitalists and specialty clinics, some traditional venues for meeting colleagues have been lost. “We are trying to re-establish some of that, the
commonality of physicians. That’s kind of what we are trying to achieve in the group.”
Dr. Rosell said she, understandably, is likely more familiar with the MSSC than other doctors her age, as her father, Dr. Bart Grelinger, is a past president and her father-in-law, Jon Rosell, used to be executive director. She appreciates the mix of MSSC programs, advocacy and opportunities to meet other doctors, and thinks other young physicians might as well once they learn more. And that’s a goal of the group and events like the June 19 one.
“The Medical Society has always been very receptive to members suggesting programs and initiatives,” said Dr. Rosell, a mother of two. “Physicians have a voice in that, but you have to be there telling them what you need.”