Dear IAMRA Members and Partners,
Your new Management Committee has been hard at work during the first few months of 2019.
We began the year by spending 2 ½ days together at the FSMB office in Euless, Texas for a strategic planning meeting that set the agenda for the period leading up to the next Members General Assembly at our 2020 Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa.
During the meeting, we had opportunities for in-depth discussions on significant issues, initiatives and policies that IAMRA will bring forward to enhance the experience of its members and promote effective medical regulation and patient safety worldwide. More details will be shared in the report of our Strategic Planning Meeting.
IAMRA Management Committee and staff in Euless, Texas (USA)
Among the many topics discussed were the development of new guidelines on good prescribing practices, the role of the medical regulator in disaster preparedness and relief, and a statement on physician wellness and physician and patient safety.
IAMRA's Physician Information Exchange (PIE) Working Group, under the leadership of the Working Group Chair, and IAMRA Chair-elect, Dr. Heidi Oetter, is making progress in testing and evaluating a data sharing system that would enable medical regulatory authorities to upload fitness to practice/disciplinary actions for doctors that pose an immediate threat to the public in another jurisdiction. The pilot is well-underway and the number of jurisdictions contributing data to the test system will expand significantly this year.
IAMRA's other Committees and Working Groups have been busy over the last several months. Our Membership Committee and our two newest Working Groups on Continued Competency, and Research have all developed thoughtful and ambitious work programs.
As we look toward our next opportunity to interact together at IAMRA's 2019 Continued Competency Symposium in Chicago, we are exploring ways to enable members to interact virtually between our conferences and symposia. The Management Committee will be considering topics for upcoming webinars that address key issues in medical regulation, as well as ways of increasing interaction among members on the IAMRA website and via social media.
Please join me in offering a warm welcome to our newest member as part of the IAMRA family: The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Prince Edward Island (Canada). IAMRA now has 115 members from 48 countries.
In closing, I would like to encourage all of you to reach out to me with your comments, ideas and exciting news from your parts of the world. It is important that we share our concerns and successes so that we all can better meet the challenges of contemporary medical regulation.
Dr. Kgosi Letlape