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166th Annual Convention, Sept. 11-13, Indianapolis Marriott Downtown Untitled document

Still NO delegates for 11 counties
No Delegate CountiesAs convention time nears, the counties listed here have NO delegate named to represent local members at convention. If you have no delegate, you have NO vote, NO representation and NO voice regarding resolutions and policies.

Delegates help set next year’s agenda for how to spend your dues dollars. YOU can take part in driving your organization; serve as a delegate from your county if it’s listed here.

Please call the ISMA if you would like to serve as a delegate from your county during the 2015 annual convention, Sept. 11-13 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown. To represent your colleagues, email Vicki Riley.

Step up for a greater role
If you’d like to take a bigger step to help during convention or to lead the largest physician organization in the state, let us know. The ISMA needs members to serve on one of four reference committees during convention weekend.

Also, if you are thinking about running for elected office with the ISMA, please submit your name as soon as possible. Positions include president elect, speaker or vice speaker, treasurer or assistant treasurer, AMA delegate or alternate delegate.

Call the ISMA at (800) 257-4762, (317) 261-2060 or email Susan Grant.

Resolutions provide effective tool to help you advocate for patients
Did you know that ISMA policy and legislative agenda are driven by your resolutions? A good example is Resolution 13-07 Schools and Auto-Injectable Epinephrine that became ISMA policy upon House of Delegates approval.

Now law, a physician may prescribe auto-injectable epinephrine to a school or school district and appropriate school personnel can store and administer the drug. According to the Indiana Department of Education, school nurses have already reported EpiPens® helped students with unknown allergies.

Dates and deadlines to remember
  • Deadline to submit nominations for ISMA service awards: Friday, June 12
  • Deadline for Resolutions: Monday, July 13
  • ISMA Annual Convention: Sept. 11-13, Indianapolis Downtown Marriott

Find details on the ISMA website.

Like the physician who put his concern about epinephrine in schools into a resolution, you have the same opportunity.

Put your ideas into a resolution and submit it for the 166th House of Delegates meeting in September. Don’t delay! Deadline is Monday, July 13.

Tips for writing an effective resolution:

  • Determine a clear action or stand you would like the ISMA to take on an issue and why.
  • Write a short title.
  • Include your name or names of ISMA members introducing the resolution.
  • Develop one or more “Whereas” statements explaining the issue and why ISMA action is requested.
  • Conclude with one or more “Resolved” statements that must stand alone and say what you want the ISMA to do in a clear and specific action plan. For example: “Resolved, that the ISMA seek legislation that would allow schools to stock unassigned auto-injectable epinephrine for use in cases of life-threatening allergic reactions before, during and after school.”

Need additional help? Call ISMA staff at (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060. Only ISMA members may submit resolutions.

Find examples or see what issues were addressed during the 2014 House of Delegates on the ISMA website (login required).

Governor signs law
Gov. Mike Pence signs legislation into law allowing school personnel to store and administer epinephrine.
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