President's Message

Lydia Villegas, MD
2017 - 2019 President

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”  ~Coretta Scott King

I have been sincerely impressed by the quality of the members of the Medical Society of Metropolitan Portland.  Together we have moved forward from the original founders’ goals in being a support for each other as well as for our community.  The Scribe has featured only a small sampling of the work you do in the clinics as well as on your free time. 

Our Physician Wellness Program has grown and continued to be available for our colleagues 24/7, allowing physicians and physician assistants to get the support they need in a timely and confidential manner. This has led to our participation in the Oregon Wellness Program to foster other programs around the state.  

We have also expanded to offering  coaching for our members, as well as seminars like the most recent one, “More Good Days.”  Please check out the Wellness Library available at to view compiled resources including upcoming wellness seminars, articles, and studies.

In addition, MSMP will host an upcoming MACRA seminar, and a physician-MA workshop is scheduled and available to you for improving communication and collaboration in our clinics. Our Retired Physician’s Series will honor those whose commitments have led us to where we are, and our student events help mentor our future physicians.  Please check our website and The Scribe for more details about these events. 

As if that were not enough, our non-profit arm – the Metropolitan Medical Foundation of Oregon (MMFO) – has provided quite a few grants to support local projects. These include the Rob Delf Honorarium Award, with our current winner to be honored during MSMP’s Annual Meeting on May 8 at the Nines Hotel.  I do hope you can make it and connect more with the community you are part of.  

My sincerest thanks go to Amanda Borges (our Executive Director), Janine Monaco (Executive Assistant), Deena Stradley, (Chief Financial Officer), Sarah Parker (Development Associate), Paula Purdy (former Director of Operations), Bob Kress (former Senior Recruiter), and Barry and Melody Finnemore (editors for The Scribe). I would most of all like to thank you for continuing to be a part of the Medical Society, which is a brave and safe harbor for each of us. 

PO Box 19388, Portland, OR 97280
Phone: (503) 222-9977  |  Fax: (503) 222-3164

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