IMS House of Delegates Reference Committee Discussion on MOL Resolution Today in Iowa

Amos at IMS House of DelegatesI just got back from the first Iowa Medical Society meeting House of Delegates Reference Committee discussion I’ve ever attended. I was third on the agenda this morning with the Resolution to Oppose Maintenance of Licensure in Iowa:

It was a new experience for me. I introduced the resolution with a few remarks. Several delegates spoke up and all basically supported the resolution with a couple who had reservations about the rather strongly worded tone of the document. A former president of the Iowa Psychiatric Society was there as well as a current sitting member of the Iowa Board of Medicine. Both were supportive of the resolution.

There will be a vote tomorrow and I plan to attend, of course. It looks promising, but it’s too soon to tell how it will go. I would like to publicly thank the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates for the opportunity and support they gave me today, whatever the outcome.

And just a reminder about a major event occurring this evening in Philadelphia. The debate on Maintenance of Certification starts at 6:00 p.m. EST and the announcement is below:

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And here’s a link to a blog post from a heavy hitter in pro-continuous quality improvement though without MOC or MOL, BRS debate at PENN on MOC, OCC & MOL | IP4PI – Independent Physicians for Patient independence. Although I don’t know if the debate will be broadcast live, I understand there will be live tweets.

Don’t forget to have a look at the Oppose MOL petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/iowa-medical-society-house-of-delegates/. Consider signing if the strong tone doesn’t bother you too much.

Next up for me is a telephone conference call about my support of continuous quality improvement, preferably without MOL, with the Iowa Board of Medicine on April 25, 2013.

All of this reminds me of a recent CNN story on the healing power of hope, http://www.cnn.com/2013/04/11/health/hope-healing-enayati/index.html?iref=allsearch. I believe I’m maintaining my identity as a doctor by promoting continuous support for lifelong learning as a physician in order to keep patients at the center. I believe that maintaining connections and a sense of community with my patients, colleagues, policy-makers, and other stakeholders is necessary for the health of my patients. I believe claiming power in this context is affirming my creativity, my commitment to service, and my integrity, for which I don’t really need any help from MOL. I believe I can affirm spirituality as something vital to my patients and I can do that better if I’m not burdened with bureaucratic busy work. I believe in developing wisdom to guide the give and take which must occur amongst health care givers and patients as well as health care policy makers to ensure wellness and humanism in medical and psychiatric care.

I can hope.

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