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e-Reports, May 16, 2011
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Want to know how important reference committees are to you and the ISMA? Ask a colleague who has served.

“It was an amazing experience,” said Karen Reid-Renner, M.D., who was a first-time committee member last year. “I’m really impressed by the thought process that these committees put into the resolutions. It gives me a lot of confidence in this organization and its ability to help the individual physician in the community who really doesn’t have a voice.”

Don’t forget the deadline to submit your resolution
Resolutions must be submitted to the ISMA by Monday, July 18. If you need tips on how to write a resolution, House Speaker John Wernert, M.D., and Vice Speaker Heidi Dunniway, M.D., can help you. See their video posted on the ISMA website.

Reference committees each consist of five members and one alternate, and are divided into four subject areas:

  • ISMA and AMA Matters and Constitution and Bylaws
  • Legislative Issues
  • Socio-Economic and Regulatory Issues
  • Public Health Issues

Each committee member is responsible for:

  • Reviewing the resolutions and appropriate background prior to the hearing
  • Thoroughly investigating each proposal at the hearing
  • Working with fellow reference committee members to create a report immediately following the hearing
  • Attending the second session of the ISMA House of Delegates to deliver the committee's recommendations to the delegates in attendance

Reference committee members will briefly gather Friday evening, Sept. 16, for instructions from the Speaker of the House. On Saturday morning,

Sept. 17, committees will hear resolutions. Committee members also are encouraged to attend the House of Delegates meeting on Sunday morning, Sept. 18.

House Speaker John Wernert, M.D., and Vice Speaker Heidi Dunniway, M.D., explain in a video the reference committee process and invite you to serve.

See the video posted on the ISMA convention page. If you are interested, contact Rhonda Bennett at the ISMA at (317) 261-2060 or (800) 257-4762.

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