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The Numbers Prove It: It’s A New Day for ISMS
ISMS President
Paul E. Pedersen, MD

The Numbers Prove It: It’s A New Day for ISMS

As 2019 comes to a close, I’d like to take a moment to look back and reflect on my time as president so far, and on how much ISMS has accomplished this year for Illinois physicians and patients.

And what a busy year it’s been! In my term so far I have:

When I was sworn in as president back in April, my message was simple: It’s a new day for ISMS.I’ve been privileged to share that message with everyone I’ve met this year, telling them all about:

  • The changes ISMS has made to be more nimble, more transparent, and more inclusive of new voices and new ideas;
  • ISMS’ many legislative successes in one of the most consequential legislative sessions in memory, from passing Tobacco 21 to securing important patient protections in the state’s new recreational marijuana law;
  • Our upcoming campaign to fix prior authorization in Illinois, with the message that “Your Care Can’t Wait” (more to come on this very soon);
  • The reduction of medical licensure fees as a result of ISMS advocacy, and the education ISMS offers to fulfill new state CME mandates; and many other topics.

These changes and victories reinforce the importance and value of ISMS membership, and more and more of our colleagues are engaging with us as a result. In fact, we have seen a net increase in membership of more than 520 dues-paying members compared to year-end 2018, the first such increase in a decade. We have worked to grow our connections with our longstanding group members, and have also established partnerships with multiple new group members, including a state specialty society and the largest independent multi-specialty physician group in Illinois.

In short, ISMS is growing more effective and efficient every day, and more and more Illinois physicians are reaping the benefits of a strong Society through their membership and our advocacy.

I’m excited to see what 2020 will bring for the Illinois State Medical Society and for our profession, and I look forward to meeting even more of you as my travels continue. Thank you for your membership!

Many blessings to you and your families this holiday season.

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