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November 2014
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  • ISMS Covers Swath of Issues, Span of Professional Benefits – for All Illinois Physicians

  • I believe in organized medicine.

    I’ve belonged to ISMS, the AMA and National Medical Association since my first days of medical school.  When I began my residency, completing my first application for the American Society of Anesthesiologists did not require a second thought. I naturally became a member of the Illinois Society of Anesthesiologists upon my return to Illinois after residency.

    Participation was encouraged by my early mentors, and I found the leadership development opportunities personally rewarding.  So I’ve maintained my memberships without interruption.

    Each of my memberships provides a unique benefit. I believe participation in our societies represents a pathway to reinvigorating professionalism in medicine.

    Regarding ISMS, here’s a “behind-the-scenes” glimpse on a perspective not often discussed outside of our membership meetings: A general belief exists that “academics” and “employed docs” aren’t interested in belonging to organizations other than perhaps a specialty group or two.

    Our membership data generally supports this idea. However, this topic is somewhat personal to me and I’d like to introduce a counter view.

    PiechartAs I am among the four in 10 Illinois physicians who identify themselves as employed, I wear the labels of both an academic and an employed doctor. I can attest that any rumors suggesting ISMS doesn’t represent physicians like me have been greatly exaggerated.

    Organized medicine and ISMS in particular have a lot to offer employed and academic physicians. Take a look at a few examples of how ISMS advocated on a niche issue within our membership.

    Our annual residency program directors meeting (which happens to be taking place this weekend) is a unique event that allows physicians from all specialties and academic settings to learn and discuss the trends shaping medical education.

    ISMS also recently contacted medical educators seeking feedback on proposed regulatory changes that would impact resident physicians’ licenses.  We channeled the input of our academic members and voiced the concerns under ISMS’ name to the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

    We offer many tangible educational benefits and resources attractive to doctors in employed settings.  A course on considerations for employment, access to an Illinois job bank, and medical legal resources on employment contracts and restrictive covenants are valuable tools. These are but a few of the arrows in our benefit quiver.

    I hope all Illinois physicians with their variety of “labels” find reason to join with us.  Be assured that your ISMS membership – for each and every one of you – not only offers professional benefits, but has a direct impact on the medical environment in Illinois.

    I’m interested in hearing from all members on your experiences with ISMS.  Send me a note at DrMcDade@isms.org.

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