Limited ISMA business is conducted during first-ever virtual convention
The COVID-19 pandemic has upended almost every aspect of life in 2020, and the 171st Annual ISMA Convention was no exception. Social distancing requirements meant that the Sept. 13 event was held virtually. Because of convention’s limited scope, business conducted by the House of Delegates (HOD) was also limited.

Expiring resolutions remain in effect
Although the House of Delegates (HOD) did not consider new resolutions, several resolutions had already been submitted for 2020. Please read the story here for information on how those resolutions are being handled.

During convention, the HOD approved a motion to suspend the rules that normally govern the conduct of business; by passing this motion, delegates approved of resolutions adopted in 2010 remaining in effect until the 2021 convention. These resolutions, which would normally expire unless readopted by the HOD, are available online here.

Watch convention online
Highlights this year included heartfelt remarks by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb, who thanked Indiana physicians for their dedication in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. AMA President Susan Bailey, MD, spoke about issues of vital importance to ISMA and the AMA, and special video tributes honored past presidents and other members lost since last year’s convention.

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