Can’t Make the Interim Meeting? Your Online Testimony Helps Shape MMS Policy

By Kate Connors

At last spring’s MMS Annual Meeting, delegate Kathryn A. Hughes, MD, wanted to provide testimony on a resolution that she had introduced. As the chair of a different reference committee, however, she was concerned that she would not get an opportunity to participate in the hearing on her own resolution.

Her solution? Submitting testimony in advance through the MMS website.

Dr. Hughes ended up being able to testify in person. She focused her speech on a few salient points, while her online testimony provided a thorough perspective on her resolution.

The online testimony function has been available to all members — not just delegates — since 2010. It’s a convenient way for members of the Medical Society to have a direct voice to the organization’s policymaking arm.

Online testimony is valuable to committee members as they review and amend potential policies for debate by the full House. “It really does enhance the verbal testimony that the reference committee will hear in person,” says Dr. Hughes.

Dr. Hughes does not discount the value of verbal testimony from MMS members who are able to be there in person: “There is the connection and emotional impact of having commenters show up.”

But for many MMS members, sharing thoughts online in our secure forum can be an important way to have a voice in policy decisions that impact patients and shape today’s practice of medicine.

Members will be able to review resolutions and submit online testimony for the 2017 Interim Meeting beginning the evening of November 7, 2017. Visit www.massmed.org/hodcommunity.

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