CVMS Bulletin

Volume 1: Issue 2

February 2023


"... the secret of the care of the patient is in caring for the patient." -Francis Peabody, 1925

Welcome to the second edition of the CVMS Bulletin bringing you updates on the status of healthcare in Eastern Virginia. We hope you find it interesting, informative and enjoyable. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make it better. 

Merging Medical Societies

The merger of the three medical societies in Norfolk, Virginia Beach and Chesapeake is moving along well. There will be another meeting this month to confirm the legal services that we will use to officially change the name to the Coastal Virginia Medical Society so we will be legally recognized as such by the Virginia State Corporation Commission and by the IRS.

The Organization Committee will also review all applicable documents from each of the three societies and merge them into one package for submission to the SCC and the IRS as required for non-profit status and verification of our name change.

A new set of Bylaws will be developed along with a new Board of Directors. The current suggestion is to have four officers (Pres., V.P., Treas., and Sec.) and three Directors-At-Large, one from each city, along with a paid non-voting Executive Director.

Our new organization intends to remain independent from the Medical Society of Virginia, but will collaborate with them on multiple issues that are of interest to both groups.

CVMS will continue to communicate with our neighboring societies to share information and resources that will help all of us. The Medical Society of Northern Virginia and the Tri-county Medical Societies have been tremendous resources in putting this together. 

The Committee will begin to discuss finances, and begin partnering with local businesses to provide exclusive benefits for our members. Membership benefits are considered an integral part of the plan to attract and maintain enough members to create a strong organization, similar to what our neighboring Societies have done.

CVMS will initiate discussions with EVMS and ODU and hopefully collaborate with them on educational and recruitment opportunities. Mutual objectives include expanding CME opportunities, improving the shortage of providers and allowing access to better healthcare in Eastern Virginia.


Many physicians are beginning to see patients with a constellation of symptoms that occur in about 10% of patients who have had COVID-19. This is a very challenging syndrome, currently called Long COVID, for patients and healthcare providers alike. There does not appear to be any specific treatment available at this time. About all we can do currently is identify it and hope for research to help us try to find ways to cope with it. Here is a review article just published in January 2023 that might be helpful to those who are seeing these patients, so we can at least be knowledgeable about what it is and how to deal with it using our most current information.

EVMS, ODU and Sentara Combining Forces

Gov. Glenn Youngkin has proposed a $10 million amendment to the budget that would allow Old Dominion University and Eastern Virginia Medical School to merge into a new institution called Eastern Virginia Health Sciences Center at Old Dominion University. Sentara Healthcare will collaborate in this merger as well. The plan was initially rejected in 2020, but changes in leadership and public health requirements have brought the institutions closer together. The advantages include improvements in healthcare staffing issues. The combination of resources would help to improve the critical shortage of  physicians and other healthcare providers in the area. The current plan is for this to occur no later than July of 2024. 


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Medical Society of Virginia Updates

There is one remaining MSV Lobby Day left:

February 13, 2023

Location: 7th & Franklin Building, Richmond, VA

Start with breakfast with MSV staff. Then meet with your legislators to advocate for your profession and better healthcare for your patients.

Make your appointment here:

Upcoming Virtual CME Activities from MSV:

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Includes a section on what to tell your patients

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