IMS Close-Up: Physician Leadership Opportunities

Friday, October 01, 2021 7:30 AM | Sydney Maras (Administrator)

The physician leaders of the Iowa Medical Society drive everything we do as an organization. Engagement with organized medicine helps develop both personal and professional leadership skills and IMS offers a host of options to do so.  Opportunities extend beyond simply serving on the IMS Board of Directors to also include service as an Iowa representative to the AMA House of Delegates, service on two IMS-affiliated boards, and service on one of nine IMS standing committees. 

IMS Elected & Appointed Leadership Roles

IMS Standing Committees

CME Accreditation County & Specialty Society Policy Council Law & Ethics
Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion  Legislation Physician Workforce
 Sports Medicine  Medical Services Programming Committee

Each of the IMS standing committees focuses on a different aspect of the work of the organization. Appointments and reappointments are made annually by the new IMS President, with meeting frequency and timing varying by committee. For more information about the individual committees, please visit the

Committees Page of the website. If you’re interested in serving on an IMS committee, please contact Dennis Tibben with IMS.

IMS Leadership Development Committee

At its September 2021 meeting, the IMS Board of Directors voted to recommend the formation of a new standing IMS Leadership Development Committee. This group is intended in part to replace the IMS Nominating Committee, which annually slates candidates for the elected leadership positions of the organization. It is also charged with providing an ongoing, holistic review of IMS leadership recruitment and selection processes, as well as providing additional opportunities for greater member engagement at every level of the organization.

Committee membership will consist of a representative of each of the nine standing IMS committees, confirmed by the IMS Board of Directors, and the IMS President-Elect as committee chair. Initial appointments to the new Leadership Development Committee will be confirmed at the December Board of Directors meeting. Because transitioning from the Nominating Committee to the Leadership Development Committee will require amending the IMS Bylaws, the Board of Directors voted in September to recommend these bylaws amendments at a special Policy Forum meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the December board meeting to ensure the new committee is seated in time to help slate candidates for the 2022 IMS leadership elections.

Watch future IMS publications for more information about the proposed bylaws changes and how you can provide input on this new committee structure. Additional information on the new Leadership Development Committee, including its first-year committee directives, is available here.

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