The Benton Franklin County Medical Society, founded in 1946, is a professional membership organization for physicians in Benton and Franklin County dedicated to providing continuing medical education to local physicians, promoting patient wellness, improving public health, and advocating for policy changes that will make your job of practicing medicine easier. Our Board of Directors and CME Committee are a very active team of physicians who volunteer a considerable amount of time to help ensure these goals.
Advocacy BFCMS maintains close contact with our local legislators in part through our relationship with the Washington State Medical Association. This contact allows us to educate and influence our representatives when medical issues affecting your practice are debated and voted on in the state legislature. Interested physicians are also invited to attend the annual WSMA Legislative Summit, held in Olympia each January. These face to face meetings with our legislators are invaluable in having your voice heard in Olympia.
Additionally, BFCMS members who also maintain membership with the WSMA are invited to help establish WSMA policy at the WSMA Annual House of Delegates Meeting as a BFCMS delegate. This meeting is held each fall and alternates between Spokane and Tacoma.
Education • The Benton Franklin County Medical Society Annual CME Seminar provides an opportunity for you to receive 12 Category I CME credits close to home. For this two day medical symposium, we recruit regional and national speakers who are experts in their fields. As a member, you receive a $100 discount on registration fees for this event. • Monthly general membership meetings- Free of charges to members. We offer 6 meetings annually and feature speakers lecturing on a variety of information or entertaining topics. • Additional educational events are offered throughout the year for little or no cost. These could include practice management topics, coding seminars, etc.
Member Communications BFCMS members receive our monthly newsletter, The Society Pages, focusing on timely topics, regional and national health issues. New members are also highlighted along with membership directory changes and upcoming events.
Our membership directory is produced annually and distributed to member physicians. Members are also listed on our website where patients can easily search for them.
Networking We provide many opportunities for physicians to meet with other physicians for business and social purposes. We are one of the few places in the medical environment where physicians from all specialties and types of practice can come together for collegial purposes, legislative efforts and community health projects. Our annual Society Ball, held each January, is just one example of a social activity offered free for members and your guest.
Referrals The BFCMS office receives numerous calls daily from patients who need a referral for a new physician or help finding a specialist. We provide referral information for member physicians only.
Patient Complaints The Grievance Committee receives and mediates complaints and grievances from the public against physician members.
General Source of Information BFCMS serves as a general source of information for your medical practice. If we are not able to provide you with an answer, we will link you to the source that can.
We are excited to offer you an opportunity to become a member of the Benton Franklin County Medical Society. Please complete the enclosed membership profile and return it to our office. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact myself or Nicole Austin at the BFCMS office at 582-2866.