The Twin Cities Medical Society (TCMS) was officially launched on January 1, 2010, following the merger of the East Metro Medical Society and the West Metro Medical Society. TCMS serves as the local voice of medicine and represents 6,000 physicians living and/or practicing in the 7-county metro communities surrounding Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN.
TCMS is a member driven and grassroots focused organization. Advocating for physicians, improving the public health and contributing to public policy efforts directed toward the practice of medicine are the key components of the TCMS agenda. All TCMS members are also members of the Minnesota Medical Association thereby broadening their sphere of influence to a state-wide, as well as local audience.
Both of the predecessor organizations boast significant histories and commitment to advocating for the profession of medicine.
The East Metro Medical Society, formerly known as the Ramsey County Medical Society and Ramsey Medical Society, was established in 1870. The West Metro Medical Society established in 1855, was formerly known as St. Anthony Medical Society, Hennepin County Medical Society and Hennepin Medical Society. Through the merger TCMS maintains the history of being the oldest medical organization in continuous existence in the state of Minnesota. Read more on the history...
Notable accomplishments of the medical societies throughout its recent history include:
- Led the initiative for second-hand smoke prevention at the local level by enacting smoke-free ordinances in cities and counties in the 7-county metro area leading to the statewide comprehensive smoke-free law known as the Freedom to Breathe Act
- Formed Physicians Health Plan (PHP) which transformed into Medica
- Formed Stratis Health (formerly Foundation for Health Care Evaluation)
- Formed Midwest Medical Insurance Company (MMIC), a medical liability insurer
- Co-founded Center for Cross Cultural Health whose mission was to integrate culture into health and developed culturally competent programs, assessment tools and education and training resources
- Founded Medical Credentialing Services of Minnesota which provided much needed credentialing services to metro based physicians
- Honoring Choices Minnesota – a comprehensive collaborative approach to advance care planning whose goals is to install in the metro area a process and methodology for discussing and documenting end of life wishes with patients and their families
- Legislative & Public Policy Committee – provides guidance to the TCMS leadership on public policy initiatives at the local, state and federal levels
- MetroDoctors - the TCMS membership journal TCMS provides relevant information to our members of issues ranging from what’s new in health care reform, to issues affecting practice standards, to what is going on locally
- www.metrodoctors.com - the Web site of the TCMS