President’s Perspective – January/February 2022

Pino D. Colone, MD

MSMS President


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

The transition from December to January is always an interesting one in that it feels like the perfect opportunity for both reflection on time gone by and musings on what’s ahead. What have we accomplished in the past 12 months? What are our goals and priorities for the next 12 ahead? These are the kinds of questions we all consider on a personal level, but there’s just as much value in asking and answering those questions organizationally.

That’s the exercise that will play out in this edition of Michigan Medicine®.

Now at the midpoint of the current legislative session, it’s the perfect time to take stock of what has been accomplished and what is yet to come in terms of our advocacy efforts in and around the state capitol.

2021 was an eventful and challenging year. COVID-19 continues to dominate headlines and the attention of those in and around state politics, and rightly so. With vaccination rates slowing, hospitalizations rising, and billion in unspent federal relief dollars that could make a real difference in the fight against COVID sitting idle, it makes perfect sense that dealing with the global pandemic—and all the unfortunate fallout that come with it—remains top of mind for our lawmakers.

The other big priority for Lansing’s elected officials: keeping their jobs. We’ve officially entered an election year, and with new legislative boundaries still unclear, it’s bound to be a chaotic one.

Despite all this, it’s been a successful legislative session thus far for MSMS. We’re excited to tell you about our recent legislative accomplishments and the exciting things we hope to achieve for physicians and the patients they serve in 2022.


Pino D. Colone, MD, MSMS President