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A vital part of your membership is your ability help shape policy at both the state and national level. If there is an issue you are passionate about, your ICMS Board of Directors wants to hear from you.

The House of Delegates (HOD) is the Michigan State Medical Society’s policy-making body. It has authority to set policy, establish dues, adopt bylaws and elect officers. The HOD also is responsible for deliberating issues presented in the form of resolutions and, where appropriate, establishing organizational policy.

The HOD is composed of representatives from county medical societies, specialty sections, the young physician section, residents, students and others working together to improve the practice of medicine in Michigan. Resolutions from the MSMS HOD also have the option of progressing to the American Medical Association HOD when appropriate, thus helping shape policy at the national level.

Do you have an issue or concern that you would like to see addressed? Or would you like to serve as a Delegate for ICMS? Click here to contact the ICMS office or call us at 517-336-9019.








Resolution Writing Tips 

Paying particular attention to the following will enhance your chances of drafting a successful resolution:

  • Ensure the accuracy of information presented in the resolution.
  • Determine whether the topic of the resolution is existing MSMS and/or AMA policy prior to submission (if the Resolved statement is already existing policy, the resolution will be placed on the "Reaffirmation Calendar").
  • If the Resolved statement is consistent with existing policy, specifically state the amendment you want to that policy.
  • If the Resolved statement is not consistent with existing policy, indicate that you want to replace the existing policy.
  • Ensure that the desired intent or "ask" is clear.
  • Consider whether the requested action is feasible (i.e., is it relevant to medicine and to what the MSMS and/or the AMA can reasonably affect).
  • Determine whether there are cost implications to the proposed policy, program, or action and if so, select an estimated cost range.

Please contact ICMS for assistance with writing and/or submitting your resolution.