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Delegates address challenges of 61 resolutions, receive payback of friendship, rejuvenation
e-Reports, Oct. 9, 2012
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Your delegates came to Indianapolis for the ISMA’s annual convention and met the challenge of considering 61 resolutions. Tom Vidic, M.D., now the immediate past president, told the assembly, “All this camaraderie is refreshing and rejuvenating.”

Muncie rheumatologist now leads the ISMA
Dr. Hughes

Muncie’s Gordon Hughes, M.D., is now president of the ISMA after taking an oath during convention activities Sept. 14-16 in Indianapolis. Dr. Hughes was chairman of the ISMA Board of Trustees, serving two three-year terms on the board representing the 8th District that includes Blackford, Jay, Randolph, Delaware and Madison counties.

An active member of organized medicine during his whole career, Dr. Hughes told delegates about entering a resolution when he first came to the House of Delegates to allow medical students a vote.

In his address he said, “I love this organization – the camaraderie, the collegiality. Some of the best friends I’ve had over the years are in this room.” He pledged to work to help physicians adapt to the changes in health care and to help focus the state legislature on patient/physician.

When was the last time you felt rejuvenated? Are you more like the one in two internists in a recent survey who responded they felt burned out and dissatisfied?

A study last month in the Archives of Internal Medicine reported 65 percent of ED doctors, 55 percent of internists and 52 percent of neurologists described themselves as having symptoms of burnout. Read the report at here or a discussion of it on this site.

For contrast, take a close look at the faces of colleagues at the ISMA 163rd Annual Convention. Perhaps these physicians understand that the ISMA and their local medical societies represent more than additional meetings on their calendars.

Could involvement in your local and state medical societies – where you make friends and confront challenges with others – prevent you from succumbing to burnout?

Working toward solutions with physician colleagues may be an effective antidote to burnout symptoms the survey describes as emotional exhaustion, loss of enthusiasm for work, cynicism or depersonalization, and a low sense of personal accomplishment.

Developing solutions together
At least half a dozen resolutions submitted by members had some facet of pain medication abuse as their topic. The ISMA will set up its own task force and seek solutions for Indiana in the coming year.

A sign of our changing times, physicians are coming together into larger groups for efficiency and contracting reasons. To meet this challenge, the delegates approved a new ISMA dues structure offering discounts to physician groups and similar pre-payment discounts for solo practitioners.

Caring for the health and well-being of Indiana’s children prompted resolutions on vaccination, obesity, vision screening, neonatal drug addiction, and prevention of child abuse and neglect. See the insert to this issue to review the action on all 2012 resolutions.

Refocusing with the speakers
U.S. Rep. Larry Bucshon, M.D., from Indiana’s 8th District told attendees he does not expect a physician pay cut from the Sustainable Growth Rate formula this year and reiterated his support for a long-term replacement for the formula.

However, he advised delegates to be involved and engaged. “I believe health care reform should revolve around our patients,” he said. “And we can steer the conversation.”

2012 Elected ISMA Officers
Gordon Hughes, M.D. Vidic Wernert
Deepak Azad, M.D.
Speaker of the House
John Wernert, M.D.
Vice Speaker
Heidi Dunniway, M.D.

 Dr. Penland


William Penland, M.D.
Asst. Treasurer
Rhonda Sharp, M.D.



Stephen Tharp, M.D.
John Knote, M.D.
West Lafayette



Michael Hoover, M.D.
Brent Mohr, M.D.
South Bend
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