On June 25, the Florida Medical Association Political Action Committee (FMA PAC) held its Summer Board Meeting where Mayor Bob Buckhorn delivered the opening remarks. The FMA PAC is a bi-partisan organization that was established in 1974 to assist in electing candidates to state office that will help advance a pro-medicine advocacy agenda. Dr. Chris Pittman, Medical Director and Founder of Vein911, is the President of the FMA PAC.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn began his speech explaining the importance of medicine for Tampa and his connection to the medical profession. His wife, Catherine Lynch, is a Medical Doctor and Faculty member at USF Health. Mayor Buckhorn explained the importance of the city and the medical industry supporting each other in order to provide the best care to the community.
One way the medical community will increasingly serve the Tampa Bay area stems from the decision to move the University of South Florida Medical School to Downtown Tampa. This move increases the productivity of the USF Medical School due to Downtown’s urban environment as well as close proximity to its teaching hospital, Tampa General Hospital.
FCAT Scores at USF were among the highest of all other medical schools in the state of Florida. Furthermore, the number of applicants for USF Medical School increased by 40% last year leading to the need for growth and expansion. This expansion will allow the University of South Florida the ability to continue to produce exceptional talent.
Another topic Mayor Bob Buckhorn spoke about was the polarization of partisanship. He explained that it is vital for all parties to work together to reach a common goal towards the betterment of the community. He highlighted healthcare providers that stepped up every day to save lives without praise. It is important that we come together as a community and offer our support to the service to our medical providers.
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