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Who We Are

About Iowa Medical Society (IMS)

IMS is the statewide professional association for Iowa allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians. Established in 1850, IMS represents 6,000 Iowa physicians, residents, and medical students. We help medical professional at all stages of practice develop their network and further their careers by providing access to unique and relevant content and exclusive member services. IMS also works to protect the health of Iowans through a variety of projects and activities at the state and national levels.

Our Mission

To advance the practice of medicine through advocacy, education, and engagement with physicians throughout Iowa to ensure the highest quality of care for the patients they serve.

Our Vision

To be the leading voice in medicine to make Iowa a premier destination for physicians to live, work, and serve their communities.

Our Approach to Legislative Decisions

IMS values informed decision-making. Our current policies inform stances on important legislative issues. These policies are published in our Policy Compendium. Multiple channels have been established for gathering input from member physicians in creating new IMS policies and revising old ones. These include:

  • Policy Forum
  • Standing and ad hoc committees
  • Task forces
  • Member surveys
  • Secure online community discussions
  • Facilitated forums and regional round table discussions
  • Inter-specialty councils
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