With only 15 practicing rheumatologists in the state, members of West Virginia’s Rheumatology (WVR) Society knew early on they needed a stronger voice to help their patients.
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So WVR Society President Suzanne Gharib, MD, joined West Virginia’s state medical society, comprising physicians from a range of specialties.
“It turns out our state medical society was eager to understand the rheumatology perspective [because] legislation impacting our specialty frequently comes up for discussion,” Dr. Gharib explains.
Recently, the WVR Society’s collaborative alliance with the state medical society has paid off.