MURRELLS INLET, S.C. (WBTW) — A Tidelands Well being physician will quickly be the brand new president of the American Medical Affiliation (AMA) — solely the third time in its 176-year historical past the president has been from South Carolina.
Dr. Gerald Harmon can be inaugurated June 15 and can serve within the position for a one-year time period, in response to Daybreak Bryant, a spokesperson for Tidelands Well being.
Harmon spent greater than three many years as a household medication doctor within the area. He’s additionally a pilot and has a navy background, together with Operations Desert Protect and Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom, Bryant mentioned.
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“They’ll at the very least know the angle of a major care specialist in rural South Carolina,” Harmon mentioned.
Harmon mentioned his favourite reminiscence of being within the area for thus lengthy is that he’s been trusted with healthcare.
“To get that belief, to have that legacy of individuals relying on you to be a trusted supply, and I feel that’s what the AMA is doing now,” Harmon mentioned. “As AMA president we don’t have to be America’s solely doctor they belief however we have to characterize each neighborhood doctor.”
“All through 4 many years, individuals have trusted me with their family members,” he mentioned. “That’s going to be my strongest reminiscence as a doctor.”
Harmon mentioned he doesn’t see this simply as an honor however a possibility as effectively.
“It’s an honor, however greater than that I’d assume it’s a possibility,” Harmon mentioned. “I respect it as very a lot an honor.”
Harmon mentioned one of many objectives of the AMA is to advance medication.
“We’ve seen among the challenges of well being disparity and well being inequity so we’re attempting to assault that,” Harmon mentioned.
Harmon beforehand served within the South Carolina Medical Affiliation as chairman of the board and president.