OCMS values all our physicians who volunteer and donate hours out of their busy days to assist OCMS in achieving its mission. But we also feel that the relationship is a two-way street and there are many benefits they can receive from participating.
Here’s what the AICPA has to say about getting involved -
Take your pick: Rotary, Kiwanis, college alumni groups … the sky's the limit on the number of organizations you can get involved in, but how do you know which group is a good fit?
Getting involved can benefit you in many ways—from networking, to the feel-good aspect of volunteering, to developing lasting personal and professional relationships. Yet, time is limited, and with a busy career and social life, you can’t possibly get involved with all the organizations in which you might be interested or with those who want you as a volunteer.
How do you decide which organizations are right for you? You have to think about your objectives in terms of how your service helps fulfill your own professional development goals, your personal objectives, and the kind of service you want to give.
Ask yourself the following questions:
Are you looking for professional contacts?
Do you need a mentor?
Are you looking for educational opportunities, certifications and seminars that will further your industry knowledge?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you might want to join and get involved in a professional organization. Professional and trade organizations offer development and connections with others in your field and enhance your business profile. Having an industry association on your resume says you are very committed to your profession and actively participating in its advancement. Clients, customers, and employers like that.
Here’s a tip that you can use all your life: Don’t just show up; volunteer! Attending a monthly meeting is great for face time, but it may also mean that you’ll get a reputation as an observer instead of a participant. If you really want to get to know people and showcase your own abilities, get involved. Serve on a committee, volunteer for an event, and/or become a board member. These volunteer activities build long-lasting relationships and potential business opportunities.
Find Your Passion
There is no quicker pick-me-up than becoming involved with something you feel passionate about, whether it is advocating for your profession, rescuing animals, helping sick children, or protecting the environment. For example, service organizations such as Rotary, Kiwanis or Lions Club meet weekly and raise money for a specific cause. These meetings also give you access to like-minded business people and allow you to serve the community.
Last Word: Take the Time
Regardless of your objective, becoming involved in any organization is about developing meaningful relationships from which you will learn and hopefully grow. This means a commitment of personal time and, oftentimes, resources in terms of membership fees or fundraising. The bottom line is that consistent and active involvement is the key to successfully developing relationships and business opportunities.
OCMS would welcome your involvement - we are physician organization whose purpose is to empower our physicians, so they can focus on providing the best quality care for their patients. If this matches your purpose, consider joining our Board of Directors, our committees, or participating in our community partner events. For more information, please contact Cindy Dady, OCMS Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.