Idaho Medical Association Annual Meeting & House of Delegates
October 7-9, 2022, Sun Valley Resort 

Become an ACMS Delegate 

Each year, the Idaho Medical Association House of Delegates (HOD) sets its advocacy agenda through resolutions and reports on activity during its annual meeting. As a delegate, you will help guide the future direction of your Idaho Medical Association's policy and legislative priorities. There will also be a medical education session that is still being qualified for credits and topics are yet to be finalized.

ACMS Delegate Qualifications: 

  • Any "Active" physician member (by IMA By-laws definition) is allowed to serve as an ACMS delegate, assuming they are not already serving as a delegate of another medical association.
  • Those paying part-time, administrative, government, or educational dues rates may qualify as a delegate by paying the balance of a full-time Active member annual dues rate of $520/$210 (IMA/ACMS portions respectively.) Retired member physicians still maintaining an Idaho license and fellows paying resident level dues could do the same.
  • Secondary society members of ACMS may not serve as an ACMS delegate but can only serve in their "native" county society.
  • Otherwise, ACMS member medical residents, medical students, PAs, and NPs are not qualified to serve as delegates but could attend and even speak during the HOD session if invited by an Active delegate to do so.

Can't Travel to Sun Valley for the HOD?

IMA members will also be provided the opportunity to participate in the "Virtual Reference Committee" prior to HOD once the first draft of the House of Delegates packet is released towards the beginning of September. 

IMA members will also be able to view the HOD and IMA Annual Meeting Proceedings via videoconference. However, it will be in webinar view-only format and no participation in the HOD proceedings, such as testimony, comments, support or voting, will take place virtually during the proceedings.

Watch IMA email bulletins for more information about this in September.

ACMS Delegate Stipend Available

Registering to attend the Annual Meeting and HOD as a delegate is free for IMA physician members. ACMS provides a stipend as a token of recognition of time spent out of the clinic for eligible delegates attending as "native" ACMS members. Due our approved budget for stipends, they will be awarded as follows:

Effective 8/8/2022

  • A $500 stipend will be provided to ACMS members who attend BOTH the Friday and Sunday House of Delegates Sessions. Our goal is to incentivize full involvement in the policy-making process.
  • An additional $250 stipend will be provided to ACMS members who successfully serve on the reference committee at that House of Delegates. Limited slots for involvement on the reference committee are available. Please alert IMA staff of your desire to serve and to learn more about this opportunity. Our goal is to incentivize additional commitment to the policy-making process.
  • ACMS Board members who participate in the full House of Delegates sessions receive an additional $500 stipend. Our goal is to incentivize leadership service and engagement in the policy-making process.
Currently, our budget should allow for about 28 delegates to receive just the $500 stipend, in addition to ACMS board members and reference committee members. If this number is exceeded, stipend reimbursement will cap out on a first-registered, first-served basis.
  • If fewer delegates attend, IMA Board of Trustees and other specialty society or medical educational delegates will be offered the opportunity to apply for a stipend, on a first-come, first-served basis. Our goal is to prioritize recognition of "lay-level" members' participation over other leadership delegates who typically have their travel expenses paid for in full.
  • All delegates are afforded the opportunity to redirect any or all of their stipend to the ACMS Foundation to support the Physician Vitality Program Fund and/or the Medical Student and Resident Emergency Fund, or not receive a stipend at all. Our goal is to highlight the opportunities the ACMS Foundation has for members to support it.
  • Any physicians receiving a stipend of $600 or more will be issued a 1099-NEC form next January as reportable income, unless travel receipts not otherwise already reimbursed by others are turned in with the stipend request form. Our goal is to prioritize compliance with federal and state laws.   

Sun Valley Resort: Room reservations in Sun Valley should be made as early as possible to ensure availability at the best rate. Online registration and information can be found on the IMA website at www.idmed.org.

Submit a Resolution

ACMS members are encouraged to submit resolutions for consideration at the House of Delegates. The ACMS Board may also vote to sponsor or co-sponsor resolutions to show additional support for member-authored resolutions. If you wish to submit a resolution to the ACMS board for co-sponsorship or have an idea for a resolution ACMS could author and sponsor, please contact the director before July 31 for inclusion on the ACMS August board meeting agenda.

it is important to submit resolutions to the IMA office as soon as possible to ensure their inclusion in the first web posting of the House of Delegates materials on their posting deadline of August 26. If you need assistance drafting a resolution, please contact the IMA staff or the ACMS Director, and we will make every effort to format and finalize these resolutions for inclusion in the first posting. Please send resolutions to Rebecca Adams at [email protected] to be considered for inclusion.

When drafting resolutions for submission, please give close attention to the following:

  • The title of the resolution should appropriately reflect the action for which it calls.
  • Information contained in the resolution should be checked for accuracy.
  • The “Resolved” clauses should be able to stand alone since the House adopts only the final “Resolved” clauses and the “Whereas” statements do not appear in the final record.
  • Fiscal notes should be added when appropriate and should set forth the estimated cost, if any, of the policy, program, or action proposed by the resolution.

Here is a template of a resolution format for your referenceIMA staff can assist sponsors with the development of fiscal information, but requests of this nature should be forwarded in advance of the deadline for submission.  Before drafting a resolution, you may also want to refer to the established IMA Health Policy Compendium, which shows all policies created by formally adopted positions of the IMA Board of Trustees (BOT) and all policies created by the IMA House of Delegates (HOD) over the last decade. For example: 

IMA adopts policy and will support legislation in support of the treating physician’s determination that the life and long-term health of the child demands access to medical care over the right of the parents or guardians to exercise their right to deny treatment for religious or spiritual reasons. (HOD 2016)

IMA adopts policy in support of improving gun safety without infringing on second amendment rights. IMA will urge their members to increase awareness of gun safety among their patient populations and to use established screening and educational tools such as Eddie Eagle provided by the National Rifle Association and other professional associations such as the American Academy of Family Physicians and American Medical Association to educate patients on gun safety. IMA will also identify organizations providing free trigger locks and offer that information to members interested in furnishing them to their patients. (HOD 2019)

Learn more about the House of Delegates Process Here