Resolutions may now be submitted for consideration at ISMA’s annual convention, scheduled for Sept. 9 to Sept. 11. It’s not too early to begin – the ISMA Bylaws require resolutions to be submitted no later than 90 days before convention, which means the deadline to submit resolutions is Sunday, June 12
. This year, we’ve updated our resolution submission form to make the process easier than ever.
Resolutions that are written by members and adopted or referred to the Board of Trustees by the House of Delegates can drive ISMA’s public policy, determine ISMA’s formal position on issues, or make structural and process changes to our organization. They can also reaffirm the positions taken in resolutions that will expire in 2022 unless reintroduced; a list of those “sunset resolutions” is available here
Typical resolutions encourage ISMA to take a position supporting or opposing a specific health policy issue or piece of legislation. Resolutions may also call on ISMA to actively seek (introduce) legislation on an issue. That means that introducing a resolution is a unique opportunity to make a difference for Indiana physicians and patients.
The new resolution submission form
explains different parts of a resolution and guides you through the writing process. The form can accommodate most resolutions, but there are exceptions:
Footnotes in resolutions will not be included in the published version of your resolution. Accordingly, the form will not accept footnotes, other citations or special text formatting, such as superscript, bold, italics, underlines or strike-throughs.
If your resolution contains footnotes, citations or special text formatting, please submit the plain-text version of your resolution using the resolution submission form. Then email a Word document version of your resolution, including any footnotes or special formatting, to firstname.lastname@example.org
. The official version of your resolution will be the one submitted using the form. The version emailed to email@example.com
will be attached to your resolution as background information.
ISMA has developed additional resources to help members write an effective resolution. If you’re thinking about introducing a resolution, please read “How to write and submit a resolution to influence ISMA or AMA policy
.” In addition, a downloadable template for creating a resolution is available at www.ismanet.org/ResolutionExample
If you still have questions about the resolution process, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org
. And, be sure to watch your email, ISMA Reports and our 173rd Annual ISMA Convention homepage
for more details on the resolution process and convention.