IMS Major Initiatives


IMS Professional Burnout and Resiliency Programming


The Iowa Medical Society is committed to successfully combating physician burnout and promoting professional resiliency. This multifaceted issue requires a comprehensive approach, addressing both the individual needs of physicians, residents, and medical students; and addressing the systemic, organizational issues that lead to burnout.

Awareness Program – IMS has committed to bring this educational programming regionally to 12 cities across Iowa to help individuals explore what they can do to prevent burnout, how to recognize warning signs, help identify changes to mitigate burnout, and explore simple evidence-based solutions to enhance your joy in practice. 

Peer Support Groups - IMS provides self-managed peer- support groups with “meetings in a box” to continue facilitating the conversation on burnout.

Learning to Lead Without Leading to Burnout - a 2-day session to help identify leadership behaviors that result in burnout, how behaviors have contributed to employee burnout, changes that need to be made, discover tools and techniques to lead without leading to burnout, and develop a personal action plan

One-On-One Coaching - Provided for individuals who are suffering from burnout. The coaching process begins with relationship building and leads to thought provoking conversations that enable the individual to purposefully make choices that will maximize their professional potential.

Organizational Development -  The organizational development process will help an organization recognize where they are today, determine what long-term success looks like, develop step-by-step- implementation strategy and execute the plan.



IMS Opioid Initiative

IMS is committed to establish an empowered and equipped provider population to provide needed Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) Services by improving patient access and outcomes through an enhanced network of comprehensive and quality MAT programs throughout Iowa.


Opioid Summit – IMS will host an annual day of comprehensive education to empower and engage all physician and non- physician provider communities. The IMS Opioid Summit will allow all disciplines to network and connect on this issue, inspire new ideas, and inform attendees with local and national experts on practical and productive responses to opioid use disorders. 

IMS Regional Skill - Building Workshops – IMS will host an annual day of comprehensive education to empower and engage all physician and non- physician provider communities. The IMS Opioid Summit will allow all disciplines to network and connect on this issue, inspire new ideas, and inform attendees with local and national experts on practical and productive responses to opioid use disorders. 

  • MAT Waiver Training
  • Clinical-behavioral Program Links
  • Operational Waiver Training and Implementing Programs in Clinic
  • Wrap-around Community Services


CANDOR

CANDOR (Communication and Optimal Resolution) is an Iowa early disclosure statute that allows legally protected, open communication between physician and patient following an adverse event. CANDOR disclosures lead to more rapid resolution of cases and enable facilities to make an offer of financial compensation, when appropriate, that is not reportable to the National Practitioner Data Bank or state licensing boards.

For Iowa facilities seeking to implement CANDOR, IMS will train facility staff on the four critical elements of a successful CANDOR disclosure program:

  • Effective communication
  • Care for the caregiver
  • Event reporting and review
  • Forming a resolution


5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count!

An IMS and Iowa Healthiest State Initiative

5 or more fruits and vegetables

2 hours or fewer of screen time

1 hour or more of physical activity

0 sugary drinks

The 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! Initiative works across healthcare, education, and recreational spaces to help prevent, assess, and treat childhood obesity. The Iowa Medical Society provides educational outreach, supporting materials, and training to healthcare providers and their teams, promoting healthy eating and active living for patients and their families.

Registering your clinic to become a 5-2-1-0 Registered Site means you are working towards three goals:

  1. Connecting to your community and the 5-2-1-0 community efforts by displaying 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choice Count! Posters in all waiting rooms and ALL exam rooms where pediatric patients are seen.
  2. Accurately weighing and measuring patients. All providers determine Body Mass Index (BMI), BMI percentile, and weight classification for patients aged 2 and older at well child visits.
  3. Have a respectful conversation around health eating and active living. All providers use the 5-2-1-0 Health Habits Questionnaire at well-child visits.


For questions about IMS Major Initiatives please contact Becca Kritenbrink