IMS Board Holds Summer Retreat
past weekend, the IMS Board of Directors held its July board meeting and its
annual board retreat in Des Moines. These two packed days of meeting for IMS leadership
started Friday with the board’s July meeting on the campus of Des Moines
University (DMU) – a first for the Iowa Medical Society. The board met with DMU
Provost Ralitsa Akins, MD, PhD, and Steven Halm, DO, FAAP, FACP, the new Dean
of the DMU College of Osteopathic Medicine, to discuss the future of Des Moines
University and opportunities for continued collaboration.
members discussed recent activity at the AMA House of Delegates and here in
Iowa around the so-called “Medicare for All” proposal to expand health coverage
to more Americans and discussed recent, alarming trends in Iowa’s medical
liability climate, which include a significant uptick in high-dollar verdicts
against Iowa practices. Watch future IMS publications for additional information
about steps IMS is planning to help address this growing problem. The board
meeting wrapped with a tour of the DMU facilities led by staff and medical
Saturday, IMS Board Chair Tiffani Milless, MD, led the board on a service
outreach project at Meals for the Heartland – a Central Iowa nonprofit that
seeks to provide pre-packaged, nutritious meals for individuals struggling with
food insecurity in Iowa, across the country, and around the world. In a period
of just a few hours, the IMS Board and staff packaged more than 18,000 meals.
at the IMS Offices that afternoon, board members took part in a facilitated
discussion of strategies to better engage physicians, residents, and medical
students across the state. This includes an increased focus on expanding
opportunities for current IMS members, reengaging former members, and seeking
out ways to welcome new members to the House of Medicine. This
thought-provoking discussion yielded a number of innovative new approaches that
IMS physician leadership and staff will be exploring and developing over the
coming months. Expect to hear more about these new opportunities and see more
of IMS on the road as we continue our push to bring resources, events, and
social opportunities to even more Iowa communities in the second half of 2019
and into 2020.
to see photos of the busy weekend for IMS leaders and staff? Check out the
album on our Facebook page!