Durham-Orange County Medical Society DOCMS

Welcome to the Durham-Orange County
Medical Society (DOCMS)!

The mission of the Durham-Orange County Medical Society (DOCMS) is to foster camaraderie within our professional community; advocate for our profession, our patients, and the public health; cultivate leadership in medicine; and bridge diverse medical communities and the populations they serve.


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Legislative and Advocacy Updates Affecting You and Your Practice
Wednesday, October 11, University Club Durham

  • 6:00pm- 6:30pm – Reception
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm – Dinner & Guest Speakers
  • 7:30pm- 7:45pm – Q&A
  • 7:45pm- 8:00pm – DOCMS 2023 Business

The DOCMS is please to host NC legislators Rep. Tim Reeder, MD (R-District 9) and Sen. Mike Woodard (D-District 22) on for an insider’s look at the latest legislative challenges and a frank discussion on how we can best advocate for our patients.

DOCMS’ format provides dinner and networking with your colleagues following your busy day of practice, along with this important discussion on issues affecting your practice and your patients right now.  Join us --- these busy legislators are making time for us, and we encourage you to make time for them. Your patients benefit from connected, informed clinicians. Questions for the speakers are being collected in advance, here.

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Finding Joy and Resilience in 2024 featuring Dr. Damian McHugh
Wednesday, December 13, University Club Durham

  • 6:00pm- 6:30pm – Reception
  • 6:30pm- 7:30pm – Dinner & Guest Speakers
  • 7:30pm- 7:45pm – Q&A
  • 7:45pm- 8:00pm – DOCMS 2024 Officer Elections

Dr. Damian McHughDamian McHugh, MD, an Emergency Physician and Curi’s Physician Liaison, is passionate about clinician well-being.  He will share this passion for his profession at the DOCMS year-end business meeting. For a sneak preview, watch this video of Dr. McHugh discussing holistic well-being here.


DOCMS and NCMS leaders support legislative agenda at White Coat Day!

Thank you to DOCMS President Ronnie Laney, MD (far left) and Secretary Marian Cranford, PA-C (second from right) for advocating for patients at the NC General Assembly. They are joined by Paige Sokolsky, MD (second from left) and NCMS Board member Cherul Haugen, MD (far right).


Welcome Medical Students!

The Durham-Orange County Medical Society (DOCMS) partners with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the North Carolina Medical Society (NCMS) so that medical students can join all three organizations for four years, at a single rate.  Joining the AMA, NCMS and DOCMS offers additional membership benefits including:

  • Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards, 5th Edition
  • Rapid Review Pathology, 5th Edition
  • First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 (Pre-order 2019)
  • Picmonic 12 month digital subscription Bonus download! Kaplan medEssentials, 4th Edition, e-Book
  • Daily e-newsletter called the Morning Rounds
  • Opportunity to serve on more than 20 NCMS committees
  • Representation and advocacy at the state and local level
  • Access to members-only website at www.ncmedsoc.org and www.docsmedsoc.org
  • Bi-monthly dinner meetings with medical community
  • Networking opportunities such as the DOCMS Women’s Physician Section and social events for students, young physicians and their families
  • Annual community service projects and awards
  • Leadership development opportunities
  • Legislative Days for students and residents.

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Ronald B. Laney, Jr., MD, MPHAn Important Message from DOCMS President Ronnie Laney, MD, MPH

View Dr. Laney's message on the DOCMS' commitment to advocacy and engagement on today's most urgent cultural and public health issues: READ NOW

Past Meeting Highlights

The Durham-Orange County Medical Society held its first membership meeting online via Zoom. The meeting focused "LGBTQA+ Health" and featured speakers Tonia Poteat, PhD, PA-C, MPH, from UNC Dept. of Social Medicine; Kristen Russell, LCSW, MSW, Child Development and Behavioral Health Specialist, Clinical Social Worker at Duke Health; and Dane Whicker, PhD, Medical Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine.

Questions?  Email Frank Snyder, fsnyder@ncmedsoc.org.