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A Look Back with LACMA President, Dr. Vito Imbasciani

Last June, we welcomed Dr. Vito Imbasciani as the 145th LACMA President. For our spotlight on Dr. Imbasciani, we’ve pulled together some of his previous words of wisdom as a marker of all that’s happened over the past year.

AUGUST – Burnout

“Medical journals and the lay press are full lately of reports of studies showing a high rate of burn-out among physicians. The burn-out rate tops 50% according to some studies, making us 15 times more likely to reach that point that professionals in any other field. Physicians routinely work 60 hours a week, 10 hours more than non-medical professional peers.  Forty-five percent of primary care physicians would quit practicing if they could afford to do so…

It’s a truism to say that we physicians must take care of ourselves first, in order to care for our family, our patients, and the communities in which we live and work. Success at righting the work-life inbalance that is endemic in the modern practice of medicine, regardless of one’s specialty, takes a combination of information on what works; commitment to achieving the goal; and time, the most precious commodity of all.”


“Unfortunately, this new MACRA-centered world is a zero-sum game: approximately half of practicing physicians will garner higher compensation for their services by meeting these new CMS expectations, while the other half — unable to compete effectively on this new playing field — will be docked pay in increasingly higher aliquots with each passing year…A recent meeting of the entire LACMA Board of Directors discussed this issue at length. The pain in the room was palpable and visceral, and it creates unfortunate divisions within the House of Medicine.”

FEBRUARY – Leadership

“I presume, somewhere out there in the world of literature, there is a vision of Eutopia where the author has taken pains to create a society without leaders, where citizens lead their lives in the absence of rule-setters…

But, let’s face it, we need leaders.  We need them at the local, regional, national and international levels, because humanity has not yet evolved to a point where we all agree on what our needs are, let alone agree on the solutions. We have myriad needs, for the maintenance of biological life, for reproduction, for emotional and spiritual health, for peace in the world.

Physicians have the education, the experience, the interest and the passion to make a positive impact in the lives of the people in the communities they serve.  Be a leader — find your voice and speak out… A physician speaking at city council meetings will be listened to.  There is no better time to lead than now.”

APRIL – Leg Day

“Hundreds, if not thousands, of groups flock to Sacramento every year to lobby their cause, and many of them try to distinguish themselves and magnify their visual impact by wearing a uniform …But those groups cannot hold a candle to the simple white jackets that are synonymous with the nobility of the healing arts.  And half of those jackets were worn by medical students, giving our elected officials a snapshot…a glimpse into the future.  That future will be populated by hosts of physicians who are actively involved in advocating for the profession at the local, state, and national level — and they learned how to do it while a student, under the aegis of LACMA and the other county medical associations throughout California.”

Thank you Dr. Imbasciani for all of your service to LACMA.


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