TMA President David C. Fleeger, MD: Installation Address - 05/18/2019
As professionals we aspire toward a body of core values that are centered upon uncompromising and unconflicted regard for the patients benefit and best interest. Yet, I have concerns that our medical profession is becoming a mere trade, a technical skill, a line item on a spread-sheet. There are those who would prefer that it be so, those who prefer that we be called providers...providers who treat clients, customers or covered lives. But we are not. And we don't. We are physicians who treat our patients. We deserve to be called physicians...physicians who treat our patients. We should insist on it.