The 130th NDMA Annual Meeting participants met with great enthusiasm on Friday, October 6 as the House of Delegates moved forward on critical issues impacting physician practices and patient care.
The meeting was led by NDMA Speaker of the House Dr. Joshua Ranum where participants heard updates from NDMA President Dr. Debra Geier and NDMA Executive Director Courtney Koebele.
The House of Delegates approved four resolutions and updated NDMA’s mission statement:
1) Opioid Crisis: NDMA will continue to support the PDMP and encourage members to follow the Board of Medicine rules; continue to work with statewide stakeholders to identify and remove existing barriers for patients seeking treatment; and work with its members to enhance and provide education on prescribing and treatment.
2) Sports Team Physician Licensure: NDMA will advocate for a change in NDCC, which will allow an athletic team physician licensed in another state to be exempt from North Dakota licensure.
3) Physician Assisted Suicide: NDMA formally adopts the position against physician-assisted suicide and euthanasia in that they are fundamentally incompatible with the physician’s role as healer.
4) USMLE – Step 2 - Transfer of Jurisdiction over Required Clinical Skills Examinations to U.S. Medical Schools: NDMA will advocate for the North Dakota Board of Medicine to eliminate the U.S. Medical Licensing Examination Step 2 Clinical Skills examination as a state licensure requirement.
The mission statement was amended to better reflect the purpose and activities of NDMA. Following is the revised, and approved mission statement:
The mission of the North Dakota Medical Association is to advocate for North Dakota’s physicians, to advance the health and promote the well-being of the people of North Dakota.