COMMITTEE ON BIOETHICS
Christian Vercler, MD, Chair
This Committee considers ethical issues related to medical practice, education, research, and public policy. It issues advisory opinions and sends recommendations for action to the MSMS Board of Directors. Additionally, this Committee is actively engaged in bioethics educational and outreach activities through its annual conference and other forums. The Committee meets two to three times a year.
Staff: Beth Elliott
PLANNING COMMITTEE FOR MSMS ANNUAL SCIENTIFIC MEETING
David T. Walsworth, MD, Chair
This Committee coordinates and plans the MSMS Annual Scientific Meeting, the organization's largest event of the year. The ASM offers more than 25 clinical courses during the four-day event in October. The Committee meets three times a year by conference call.
Brenda J. Marenich
COMMITTEE ON CME ACCREDITATION
Rebecca Daniel, MD, Co-Chair
Brooke Taylor, Co-Chair
This Committee assures that quality CME activities are available to Michigan physicians through review, evaluation, and accreditation of medical education providers in the state. The Committee meets quarterly at MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing and/or by conference call.
Staff: Brenda J. Marenich
COMMITTEE ON STATE LEGISLATION AND REGULATIONS
Bradley J. Uren, MD, Chair
This Committee monitors and influences Michigan legislation related to health care. The Committee also works to enhance physician participation in the state legislative process. Meetings are held five times a year.
Staff: Sarah Waun
LIAISON COMMITTEE WITH MEDICAL LICENSURE BOARDS
Mildred J. Willy, MD, Chair
This Committee serves as the liaison between the Michigan Board of Medicine and the Michigan State Medical Society. The Committee serves as a resource and counselor to the MSMS Board of Directors on issues regarding licensure of physicians. The Committee serves as the review body for applicants wishing to garner support from MSMS for appointment to the Michigan Board of Medicine. The Committee also serves as an advocate for those undergoing the discipline process on a state level, advocating for fairness and due process during the entire course of action. Meetings are held two to three times a year.
LIAISON COMMITTEE WITH MICHIGAN'S PUBLIC HEALTH
Christian J. Vercler, MD, MA, FACS, FAAP
This Committee works to improve information and communication channels among public health officers, practicing physicians, and the public on environmental and public health issues of mutual concern. The Committee also advises the MSMS Board on key issues pertaining to public health policy and community well-being in Michigan. This Committee meets quarterly at MSMS Headquarters in East Lansing.
Staff: Amber Dunlop
TASK FORCE ON BEHAVIORAL HEALTH INTEGRATION
The Task Force will monitor and explore current legislative and regulatory developments related to the state’s efforts to improve the coordination of physical and behavioral health services. Charges include reviewing and potentially weighing in on proposals to reform financing models and policies that impact individuals with mental illnesses, intellectual and developmental disabilities, and substance use disorders. The Task Force will meet as needed.
Angela Pinheiro, MD, JD, Chair
Staff: Stacey Hettiger
Staff: Anne'ka Marzette
MSMS OPIOID STEWARDSHIP TASK FORCE
Pino Colone, MD, Chair
This Task Force will advise MSMS and help shape internal and external policies, positions and activities related to the utilization of opioids and alternative therapies, advancement of evidence-based treatment, and development of resources to support physicians in caring for patients with pain and/or prescription drug dependency. The Task Force meets as needed.
Staff: Stacey Hettiger
Download 2020-2021 MSMS Committees (PDF)