The Iowa Medical Society Foundation (IMSF) is the giving arm of the Iowa Medical Society (IMS). The foundation is a voluntarily organization that uses contributions from physicians and friends of medicine to carry out its mission to inspire, facilitate, and expand the educational and philanthropic endeavors of IMS – ultimately supporting more than 6,000 physicians, residents, and medical students throughout the state.
Through support of the IMSF, Iowa physicians have access to a variety of professional development and leadership opportunities, such as the Physician Business Leadership Certificate Program, a collaborative program designed to help physicians gain knowledge, skills, and tools to become successful leaders in today’s complex healthcare environment. In addition to supporting the program as a whole, IMSF provides direct scholarships for a number of physician participants each year.
IMSF is also a key sponsor of IMS’ expansive offering of education events, conferences, trainings, and meetings. The robust burnout and physician wellness programming, inclusive of the Awareness and Professional Residency programming with Tammy Rogers, the Recognize, Recover, Rebuild programming with Dr. Charles Keller, and the Crucial Conversations FOCUSED workshop, are made possible through IMSF support. Continued support will be crucial to the next generations of educational programming from CANDOR to diversity, equity, and inclusion
As Iowa physicians have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, navigating the complex and rapidly-evolving public health emergency, the IMSF has been there to help stand up real-time resources - launching business resources for clinics facing temporary closure and staff layoff, preparing public health communications and clinical guidance resources, and the weekly then monthly COVID-19 Quick Connect webinars to keep Iowa physicians in the know with the latest information as it was known.
Supporting the next generations of physicians is a core function and goal of the foundation. Each year, IMSF purchases the white coats worn by incoming medical students and awards a number of scholarships to Iowa students attending medical school at Des Moines University College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine. These scholarships provide funding support to Iowa medical students throughout their medical education experiences both here at home and globally through international health study rotations.
IMSF and the incredible work it supports is made possible through the generosity of physician partners, just like you, who want to invest in the future of their profession and in their peers. The need and desire to lift each other up and to champion physicians has never been greater than after enduring two years of pandemic, political, and personal pressures. Recent data shows that people are highly motivated to give in 2021, and are giving more in response to needs in their community and for causes they care about.
This year, IMSF is participating in GivingTuesday, a global day of generosity that will take place on November 30, 2021. If you support the work of IMSF, please consider contributing to IMSF. All donations to IMSF are tax-deductible and are made easy through our online donation page.
Donate today. Support tomorrow.
For more information on IMSF contributions or to get involved, contact Kady Reese at IMS.