There has never been a time in our careers when professional relationships have been more important than now. Having spent the first 31 years of my career in Arkansas and the last 9 years here in San Antonio, I had developed a significant community of professional friends, contacts, and business associates. If a problem arose, I always had someone with whom I could meet to talk through a problem … or someone who was willing to listen to me whine.
When the pandemic arrived, most of that one-on-one contact ended. Relationships became “virtual” and distant. Even though we were facing daunting, first-time ever problems, we often were blazing the trail alone. And it was challenging and exhausting.
We have a unique opportunity to reconnect now. As our medical practices reopen and adjust to this new normal, we have access to a supportive network of professional friends and a unique opportunity to share our common experiences over the past fifteen months. We have an opportunity to take those “learnings” and apply them to the benefit of our medical groups and for our own professional development.
If you entered the pandemic as a strong leader, you emerged stronger. If you stumbled along the way (and most of us did), you realized the importance of a professional network like MGMA.
So, let’s learn from one another, share with one another, and reconnect as we rebuild our professional network. Join us at SAMGMA. Prioritize attending events – virtual and in person – to strengthen your skill set, to rejuvenate your enthusiasm for this noble calling to care for others, and to broaden your network of friends. By helping yourself, you will help others. And there’s nothing better than that.