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ISMA Future Directions Task Force makes early progress
e-Reports, July 27, 2015
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 Dr. Dunniway
Heidi M. Dunniway, MD
ISMA President

ISMA President Heidi M. Dunniway, MD, has formed a long-term task force, called the ISMA Future Directions Task Force, to determine what changes the ISMA needs to make to continue to be relevant, improve member engagement and ensure member value. This new task force evolved from a short-term task force formed in 2013 to study ISMA governance issues raised by Resolution 13-33.

“We are very grateful for the work the 2013 task force accomplished,” noted Dr. Dunniway. “They quickly determined that changes to the district and membership structure were necessary, and now it’s time to carefully and methodically look at each of those issues, and others, to ensure any changes we do make will be appropriate.”

Dr. Dunniway has asked Board Trustee Lisa Hatcher, MD, of Columbia City to chair the new task force. In its first conference call July 2, the task force adopted a mission statement:

The Mission of the Task Force is to identify ways the ISMA can change its governance structure, membership model and core functions to eliminate barriers to membership, promote broad representation and participation across the state, and ensure relevance to physicians in this dynamic profession in order to protect the vitality of the organization.

Members of the ISMA Future Directions Task Force:

Lisa Hatcher, MD, chair, Columbia City

Scott Cordts, MD, Evansville

Brian Heimer, MD, New Albany

John Kincaid, MD, Indianapolis

John Knote, MD, West Lafayette

Alexander Choi, MD, Indianapolis

Amalia Lehmann, medical student, IU School of Medicine

Megan Mandelbaum, medical student, Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine

Dan Sonnenburg, MD, Indianapolis

Elizabeth Struble, MD, Manchester

Angie Wagner, DO, Indianapolis

Daniel Wegg, MD, Winchester

Heidi M. Dunniway, MD, Indianapolis, ISMA president

Rhonda Sharp, MD, LaGrange, ISMA president-elect

The task force also determined it would focus on the ISMA mission statement and ISMA governance in year one; ISMA policy development, convention and membership in year two; and organizational sustainability in year three.

As Dr. Hatcher reminded members, “There is a lot of history and emotional attachment to these issues, but it will be important to focus on the data and facts as everyone begins to consider the materials and issues.”

To help the task force accomplish its mission, members adopted these guiding principles:

  • Relevance – Practical and applicable to the health care environment
  • Credibility – The voice and advocate of Indiana physicians and their patients
  • Presence – Create opportunities to grow ISMA membership
  • Accessibility – Remove barriers to participation to ensure consistent opportunities across our diverse membership
  • Agility – Ability to respond timely to issues or circumstances
  • Sustainability – Ongoing viability of the organization
  • Efficiency – Streamlined organizational and operational structure
  • Communication – Effectively and timely communicating of information, issues and action

Drs. Dunniway, Hatcher and President-Elect Rhonda Sharp, MD, introduced a resolution for 2015 seeking House of Delegates support to continue the task force’s work. Periodically, the task force will communicate its progress and provide opportunities for your input.

With the support of the House, the task force will continue to answer the challenging question posed by Dr. Dunniway at the 2014 convention: If you woke up tomorrow and there was no ISMA and you wanted to create it, what would you have it look like?

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