IMS Board Holds Summer Retreat

This 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.


Board 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 student leaders.


On 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.


Back 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.


Want to see photos of the busy weekend for IMS leaders and staff? Check out the album on our Facebook page!

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