This holiday season, we wish you joy and good
health. We’re also grateful for your support in
making 2018 a year of growth for our organization.
At convention, President Stacie Wenk, DO,
reaffirmed the four pillars of ISMA: attracting
and engaging members; physician leadership and
satisfaction; industry impact; and targeted, clear
communication. We’re happy to report a year of
progress toward our goals!
Increasing our reach:
In a challenging climate
for membership organizations, ISMA entered 2018
with an increase in members and is on track to
continue that growth. Our student membership
has grown by 83 percent this year. Watch for our
upcoming member survey and plan to participate;
your input is needed for us to offer even better
benefits and value.
Engaging members where they are:
be rolling out our mobile app and podcasts to
deliver opioid education to physicians on the go!
These innovative, engaging materials are now in
beta testing and getting great reviews. We added
Skype capability for meetings. And, newsletters,
postcards and frequent social media posts update
physicians on regulations, proposed legislation and
Supporting our students:
We seeded a $1 million
ISMA scholarship at each of Indiana’s two medical
schools, increased student representation in the
House of Delegates, welcomed the first ISMA
Health Policy Fellows and increased student
stipends for AMA meetings. We will continue to
work toward increasing Indiana residency spots
and the necessary funding.
Removing practice barriers:
the conversation to shape medicine during
the 2018 legislative session. ISMA turned back
scope-of-practice incursions and collaborated
with stakeholders to reduce prior authorization
hurdles. Our input helped win reprieves on
Medicare proposals and insurance company
policies that penalized doctors and patients.
And, we began working with the new ISMA
Employers Association to support our
Advocating for public health:
At the General
Assembly, ISMA spearheaded a new law to allow
sunscreen in schools, collaborated on a bill to
introduce INSPECT queries and CME on opioid
addiction and helped establish new safeguards
for mothers and newborns.
Enhancing joy in medicine:
Physician Wellness Workshop, with Dr. Dike
Drummond of “The Happy MD,” drew a large
audience. Our Doctor Your Spirit webpages
added resources on depression and suicide, and
we raised almost $86,000 to defray the costs of
the Physician Assistance Program Fund.
With your support, we will continue to
change Indiana medical practice for the better
in 2019 and beyond. Thank you for your loyalty
|(Clockwise, from top left): ISMA Medical Student Society delegates at convention; Past President John P. McGoff, MD; George
Brenner, LCSW; Palmer Mackie, MD; and Amy LaHood, MD, record a podcast; President Stacie Wenk, DO, and Executive Vice
President Julie Reed, JD, attend the Raise it for Health news conference; and Dike Drummond, MD, of TheHappyMD.com,
presents his Physician Wellness Workshop.