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Is the resolution process the best way to ensure that MMA addresses the issues that are most important to Minnesota’s physicians and their patients? If not, is there a better way to gather needed member input? Not sure what to do. How should TCMS help members weigh in on this governance discussion? Show good outside examples/evidence of a better way of accomplishing what we all need to do and desire.

Thomas Siefferman, M.D. You have made the decision to join MMA and TCMS. Why did you make that decision? It is essential for members of any profession to have a collegial method of interacting and advocating for your profession. What would you say to younger physicians who tend not to be joiners as to why they should join MMA/TCMS? What is your “elevator speech” on why to join? You are now a professional and you will hopefully be busy in your profession. Unfortunately, that means you cannot always be current on political and governmental actions that affect your profession and it is important that you maintain an interaction with doctors and support staff that also have a keen interest in medicine. The attendance numbers for the MMA House of Delegates have steadily been going down over the last 10 years. Do you believe this is because the House of Delegates structure is outdated or is it just a fact that fewer members want to go to meetings today? Medicine has become extremely busy and our interaction with other physicians has suffered. Attendance at the HOD has decreased due to the perceived lack of benefit in attending and at the loss of productivity if one attends. MetroDoctors

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How do we ensure that we are hearing from members on key advocacy issues when they don’t seem interested in attending the House of Delegates? We definitely need some kind of forum both physical and electronic to stay abreast and to receive input on advocacy needs. The supporters of MMA’s new governance proposal have argued that it is needed to find better ways to engage more members on the key public policy issues facing physicians today. Critics see it as removing members from the policy decision making. What do you believe? Because the membership is loosing its only ability to affect direction and policy at both the Board of Trustees level as well as the staff level with the currently planned structure of policy forums, then this is purely a power grab. The BOT argue that they will have listening sessions, but there is no way for these sessions to generate policy or advocacy. If the BOT and staff don’t like what they hear, then they don’t have to listen. Also the BOT issues its own Nominating Committee so they only get “qualified” people further limiting any possible change in BOT direction and staff responsiveness. Is the resolution process the best way to ensure that MMA addresses the issues that are most important to Minnesota’s physicians and their patients? If not, is there a better way to gather needed member input? The resolution process has worked since the discovery of democracy. It is not the most efficient, but the most inclusive and responsive. The proposed policy forums and listening sessions could be an effective way of generating policy and direction to the BOT and MMA staff, but they have purposely removed any overriding authority from the membership by way of these forums. Once physicians perceive that it’s great that the BOT has graced us with listening sessions — but then the BOT does not listen or act if they find it inconvenient — then the membership will stop attending and will disappear. How should TCMS help members weigh in on this governance discussion? The next HOD is probably going to be its last! There must be a resolution passed changing the current proposed structure and response to planned policy forums and listening sessions. If a super majority of the policy forum proposes a policy change to the BOT, then the BOT MUST follow the change. If such a resolution does not occur, then the membership will become purely a source of revenue for the MMA and not important for guiding its policies.

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MMA Proposed Governance Changes  

In this issue: Perspectives on MMA Proposed Governance Changes, Health Eating Active Living Resolution Success, Updates from the East & West...

MMA Proposed Governance Changes  

In this issue: Perspectives on MMA Proposed Governance Changes, Health Eating Active Living Resolution Success, Updates from the East & West...

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