About Us2020-06-19T15:10:01+00:00

About Us

The Indianapolis Medical Society was established in 1848 and has more than 1,000 members in the greater Indianapolis area. We are a professional membership organization for all licensed physicians, Doctors of Medicine and Doctors of Osteopathy, in the Indianapolis and surrounding area.

Frequently Asked Questions

The Indianapolis Medical Society provides our members with a variety of services.  These are some of the most common questions we receive along with their answers.

Does the Exchange have email?2018-09-19T20:52:35+00:00

Yes, it is available. The preference, however, is that schedules or changes arrive via fax or phoned in personally, to ensure accuracy.

How will I know when the application is approved?2020-06-19T16:02:18+00:00

All applications are presented to the IMS Executive Committee and/or IMS Board of Directors for consideration on a monthly basis. Following each meeting, a notification is sent to email application, generally via email, welcoming them to the society.  These meetings usually take place on the second Tuesday of the month and follow up takes place within a week.

Do I need to complete a separate application for the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA)?2020-06-19T16:05:10+00:00

No. Membership applications that start here with IMS will go to the state and vice versa, applications that start with ISMA will come to us, as long as you select membership in the Indianapolis Medical Society as the county of membership.

If a physician currently holds ISMA Membership through another county and has relocated either their residence or practice, how do they transfer their membership?2020-06-19T16:06:59+00:00

The physician or a member of his/her staff should contact Vicki Riley, ISMA Membership Coordinator at (317) 261-2060/vriley@ismanet.org and request a transfer of the physician’s membership. If dues have already been paid for the current year, no dues are required; however, if dues have not been paid, they should be submitted to ISMA upon the transfer request.

If a physician currently holds membership through another county, can he/she belong to the Indianapolis Medical Society as well?2020-06-19T16:08:13+00:00

Yes. A physician who holds their primary Active membership through another county, in the State of Indiana, can be offered Affiliate membership with IMS. Annual dues are $325.00 and entitle an Affiliate member to the same benefits as our Active members. Please contact our offices at (317) 639-3406 or complete the Affiliate Membership Application online to start this process.

Can I just join the county, or do I have to join the state as well?2020-06-19T16:11:09+00:00

IMS Membership requires membership in the Indiana State Medical Association (ISMA) and the 7th District Medical Society (an entity now run as a part of ISMA, made up of Marion and surrounding counties).  However, membership in the American Medical Association is not required.

What are membership qualifications?2018-09-19T20:45:29+00:00

Any physician (M.D. or D.O.) who resides or practices in the Marion County or any county immediately adjacent to Marion is eligible for IMS Membership.

What are Membership benefits?2020-06-19T16:14:48+00:00

Professional Learning.  As members of IMS, you will have opportunities to participate in a variety of events, in-person and virtually, designed specifically for our membership to learn about medical, business, and community health issues that are important.

Advocacy.  We work together to share ideas across specialties and medical communities in central Indiana to improve physician practice and care.  The society represents a physician voice with the local government in Marion County and at the state and federal level through the ISMA convention.

Publications.  IMS members receive a monthly subscription to the Bulletin, available in print and online, which contains up-to-date medical information and recent local medical news.  Access to an online directory of physician members and contact information is also a benefit to membership.

Special Events & Networking.  IMS quickly builds your network of colleagues, creating a physician community at your fingertips.  Attending special IMS events, such as the ones held by Medical-Legal Committee, allow our members to broaden their network to outside organizations, like the IndyBar.

Discounts. Free Physician Referral Service; Free $100,000 Air Travel Flight Insurance; discount for Subscribers of Physician Exchange Service; 20% Discount with iSalus OfficeEMR®; Collection services through I.C. System; Discounts with Staples®

What is the cost of Membership?2020-06-19T16:16:41+00:00

The amount varies due to the time of year and the physician’s status (i.e. Active, 1st Year of Practice, or Resident/Fellow). Dues amounts are listed on the application site.  Feel free to contact our office if you have questions or for the exact amount when the application is ready for submission.  Membership processing begins once full payment has been received.

A new doctor has joined our practice. How do I enroll this physician as an Indianapolis Medical Society Member?2020-06-19T16:18:51+00:00

Complete the online application and payment or request a paperwork copy at ims@imsonline.org and complete, sign, date the application and return it via the most convenient method; i.e., email to ims@imsonline.org or mail to 125 W. Market Street, Suite 300, Indianapolis, IN 46204.  Please be sure to include a check for dues or pay online.

How can I obtain a copy of my records?2020-06-19T15:57:43+00:00
The Indianapolis Medical Society has NO medical records in their possession and can NOT obtain records for you.  Indiana physicians are required by an Indiana statute, to maintain patient records seven years after the date of your last visit and can charge a fee for access to this information.  If your physician is or was a member, we can try to help you locate them.
What if I have a complaint against my doctor?2020-06-19T15:54:41+00:00

The Society no longer reviews complaints against physicians unless a member’s license has been revoked.  You will need to file a complaint with the Consumer Protection Division of the Indiana Attorney General’s Office at (317) 232-6330 or online HERE.  If your physician’s license has been revoked, please notify us at ims@imsonline.org.

Do you provide physician referrals?2018-09-19T17:27:36+00:00

Yes, we have more than 1,800 IMS Physicians in the greater Indianapolis and Marion County area. We can provide names of physicians by specialty or zip code, as you prefer. Generally, you will be provided with three names of physicians within the specialty you are seeking or zip code.

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