President’s Perspective: New Year, New Beginnings

S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD

MSMS President

Happy New Year from everyone at the Michigan State Medical Society!

The Near Year means new beginnings and that’s certainly true for Michigan’s legislature. Last November, Michigan’s voters went to the polls, ushering in 28 new members of the Michigan state House of Representatives.

In this edition of Michigan Medicine®, we introduce you briefly to the new names and faces around the state Capital this year. We’ll also reintroduce you to the Legislative leaders in the state Senate and House who will be responsible for shepherding policy through Michigan’s legislative bodies in the New Year.

Lastly, we’ll highlight the growing Government Affairs team here at MSMS— a group doing the important work of making sure the voice of our member physicians is heard and represented in the development of policy and regulations impacting Michigan’s medical community and the patients we serve.

The start of the New Year is always a time for hope and optimism about what lies ahead—it’s a fresh year and a fresh start, an opportunity to reset, readjust, and reengage with our lives and our work with a renewed sense of purpose and enthusiasm—I believe these things have never been truer as we head into 2021.

No one has been left unaffected by the tremendous challenges 2020 has presented, but physicians have obviously borne a unique and particularly heavy burden throughout this global pandemic. The challenge of trying to understand, treat, and ultimately prevent a novel, infectious, deadly disease has obviously fallen on the medical and science communities. For much of the past several months, that has been grueling, taxing work, however, we continue to persevere, and finally there appear to be light at the end of the tunnel.

Every day, we learn more about how to effectively treat those with COVID-19 and our medical researcher have developed effective vaccines that are now being administered to millions across the country. 2021 can and should be a better year for everyone in large part because of our hard work as physicians. Take a moment to take some pride in that fact—it’s been well-earned. And best of luck to everyone on what I’m sure will be a better 2021.


S. “Bobby” Mukkamala, MSMS President