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e-Reports, March 21, 2011
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ISMA’s 2011 convention, Sept. 16-18 at the Indianapolis Marriott Downtown, offers you a chance to shape the association’s policies by introducing a resolution.

The event also provides you the opportunity to honor a colleague who has contributed substantial volunteer hours to the community. But now is the time to submit your award nomination or your resolution. Here’s how.

Submitting a resolution
Below are some important guidelines for writing an effective resolution:

Resolutions and Awards

  • Begin with a clear action or stand you would like the ISMA to take on an issue and reasons why.
  • Write a short title.
  • Include your name or the 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 set up a task force to study the impact of bundled payments on physician practices.”

The ISMA staff will help you prepare a resolution, just call (800) 257-4762 or (317) 261-2060. Only ISMA members may submit resolutions. For examples or to see what issues were addressed during the 2010 House of Delegates, go to www.ismanet.org/convention/resolutions.htm. The deadline is July 18.

Next step: reference committees
Submitted resolutions are assigned to one of four reference committees. Authors of resolutions are asked to provide additional background information to committee members to explain or support the issue.

Reference committees will meet Saturday morning, Sept. 17. You or a designated representative will be asked to attend and respond to questions.

Three awards honor a colleague or a layperson
Each year, the ISMA seeks to recognize physicians and laypersons who contribute time and talent to their communities. Nominations are now open for three awards that will be presented during ISMA’s annual convention. Here are the requirements for each one.


Physician Community Service Award
This award honors an Indiana physician who has made civic, cultural, social or economic contributions to the community. Physicians and citizens may submit nominations.

To be eligible, the physician nominee must:

  • Be licensed within the state of Indiana
  • Be living
  • Not have received the award previously
  • Compiled an outstanding record of community service, apart from specific identification as a physician, that reflects well on the profession

Patient Health Advocate Award
Only ISMA physician members may submit nominations for this award that recognizes a non-physician who has made great contributions to the health and well-being of Hoosier patients.

Nominations must include:

  • Current biography of the nominee
  • Letter of recommendation outlining the contributions by the nominee
  • Any articles or documents highlighting the nominee’s contribution to the health of Indiana citizens

Dr. Kathleen Galbraith Legacy Leadership Award
In memory of long-time ISMA member Kathleen Galbraith, M.D., this award honors those who share Dr. Galbraith’s passion to increase awareness of domestic violence in Indiana.

To be nominated, applicants:

  • Must be living
  • Can be a legislator, physician or layperson
  • May not have received this award previously
  • Must be nominated only by an ISMA committee, commission or member in good standing

Also, nominations must include documentation, including a letter acknowledging the nominee’s qualifications and significant contributions to promote the health and safety of younger members in the community by addressing issues of endangerment and/or violence. These efforts should have been provided without compensation.

The deadline to submit names for all three awards is June 14. Download nomination forms on the ISMA convention page or for a hard copy, call Rhonda Bennett at the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.

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