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.


Welcome to Durham-Orange County Medical Society!

This year, our vision is to prioritize social and health justice by highlighting the incredible work being done by loal proficders and leaders in medicine.  We are excited to have an inspiring group of speakers join us again this year (see below).  We hope that by learning more about the communities we serve, the policies that impact them, and the resources they can access, we can be better advocates for our patients.  Understanding the health disparities which exist in our nation, and specificially in Durham and Orange County, will also help us advance efforts towards more equitable and patient-centered care.

We will continue to work closely with the North Carolina Medical Society and participate in it's upcoming Advocacy Summit and White Coat Day.  These opportunities to engage with diverse leaders within our state further create spaces for fellowship, advocacy, and service.  I believe this strengthens and energizes our passions in healthcare.

My goal is for DOCMS to foster meaningful connections for providers in the Triangle and keep us anchored to our purpose in medicine.  Through our educational meetings, legislative advocacy, and community engagement,we will remain committed to our mission "to fosther 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."

We look forward to meeting you and hope you consider joining DOCMS!


Priscille Schettini, MD
President, Durham-Orange County Medical Society


Tentative 2024 Schedule of Events Released

  • February 21, General Body Meeting (featuring Dr. Dalia Brahmi, Family Physician and Advocate for Reproductive Justice)
  • March 13 - Board Meeting 
  • April 10 - General Body Meeting (featuring Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Director, UNC Suicide Prevention Institute)
  • May 8 - Board Meeting
  • June 5 - General Body Meeting
  • July 10 - Board Meeting
  • August 14 - General Body Meeting
  • September 11 - Board Meeting
  • October 9 - General Body Meeting
  • November 1-2 - 2024 NCMS LEAD Conference
  • November 13 - Board Meeting
  • December 11 - General Body Meeting


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.

To join, click here.

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.