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Society introduces virtual reference committees for 2013 HOD

Members can comment on resolutions through new online forum

The Wisconsin Medical Society has launched its first online forum to allow members to comment on the resolutions that will be discussed at the Society’s Annual Meeting in April. The Society’s new Virtual Reference Committees allow members to view and submit comments on resolutions in advance of the Annual Meeting. The Virtual Reference Committees stem from a commitment by Speaker Charles Rainey, MD, JD, to facilitate increased participation in the Society’s policy-making process and allow members who cannot attend the Annual Meeting to submit their views on resolutions.

The Society’s primary method of developing policies is through the House of Delegates. Policies adopted by the House guide the Society’s decisions and activities on a variety of health care issues. Resolutions submitted by Society members provide the framework for this policy development. Click here to see the resolutions submitted for consideration at the 2013 Annual Meeting. (Member login is required; click here for instructions.)

Each year, the Speaker of the House appoints members to serve on three Reference Committees for the purpose of considering resolutions, receiving testimony at Reference Committee hearings during the Annual Meeting and making recommendations to the House relative to the resolutions. Comments made through Virtual Reference Committees will be reviewed by Reference Committee members along with testimony received at the traditional in-person Reference Committee hearing. Virtual Reference Committees will allow members to comment on resolutions in advance of the Annual Meeting in order to foster greater and earlier discussion, and to allow members who cannot attend the Annual Meeting to submit their views on resolutions.

Comments may be submitted through Virtual Reference Committees from February 14 to April 1. Resolutions and comments will remain viewable to members through the Annual Meeting. Any member wishing to comment on a resolution after April 1 will be able to do so at the live Reference Committee hearing at the Annual Meeting.

To review resolutions and submit or view comments, go to the 2013 Resolutions page of the Society website. (Member login is required; click here for instructions.) More information about the Society’s Virtual Reference Committees, including instructions, is here.

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