About IMS

Who We Are:

The Iowa Medical Society (IMS) is the statewide professional association for Iowa allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians. Established in 1850, IMS represents 6,000 Iowa physicians, residents and medical students. We help professionals develop their skills and further their careers by providing access to unique and relevant content and exclusive member services. IMS also works to protect the health of Iowans through a variety of projects and activities at the state and national levels. Today, IMS exists to assure the highest quality healthcare in Iowa through our role as physician and patient advocate. To learn more about our three-year strategic plan, click here.


To advance the practice of medicine through advocacy, education, and engagement with physicians throughout Iowa to ensure the highest quality of care for the patients they serve.


To be the leading voice in medicine to make Iowa a premier destination for physicians to live, work, and serve their communities.



The IMS values informed decision-making. Our current policies are published in our Policy Compendium. Multiple vehicles have been established for gathering input from member physicians in creating new policy. These include:

  • Policy Forum
  • Standing and ad hoc committees
  • Task forces
  • Member surveys
  • Secure online community discussions
  • Facilitated forums and regional round table discussions
  • Inter-specialty councils

The Iowa Medical  Society is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization. 515 E Locust St. Ste. 400 50309

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