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Members Sought for New Policy Council

[MMA News Now, Dec. 5, 2013] The MMA is seeking applicants by Jan. 10, 2014, for five at-large positions on its newly-created Policy Council.

As part of the at-large appointment process, the MMA Board of Trustees will consider all candidates. In particular, the board will give strong consideration to those who: are able to commit to serving their entire term (initial term will last through September 2016 with the ability to serve an additional three-year term); will work to attend and prepare for all council meetings; are actively engaged in medical practice; and can represent the diversity of MMA membership in in terms of age, gender, race/ethnicity, geography, specialty and practice size/type.

Overall, the council will be comprised of 40 members, none of whom can be MMA committee chairs or MMA board members at the time of their appointment. Five of these members will be at-large positions. Three will be from the following groups: the Medical Student, the Resident/Fellow and the Young Physician sections. Thirty-one members will be chosen by the five largest component medical societies (CMS) in Minnesota: Twin Cities Medical Society, Zumbro Valley Medical Society, Stearns Benton Medical Society, Lake Superior Medical Society and Range Medical Society. The final council position will be the MMA president-elect.

Physicians from the five largest components or the sections should contact those organizations directly to express their interest in serving on the council.

The council will meet approximately six times a year, with two of those meetings structured to engage a broad group of MMA members in dialogue, discussion and debate on identified priority topics. For 2014, it is expected that one of large group meetings will be held in the spring and the other during the MMA Annual Meeting in Brainerd on Sept. 19 and 20.  

Interested members for the five at-large positions should submit their name and a brief statement of interest (including name, specialty and health policy interests/experience) to Janet Silversmith, MMA director of health policy, by Jan. 10, 2014.  

The council was approved by the 2013 MMA House of Delegates as a way to simplify and expand opportunities for physician input on key issues and challenges facing medicine in Minnesota.  
Author: Dan Hauser

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