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Mission Statement
In serving physicians of Cook County, the Chicago Medical Society:

  • Encourages medical professionalism
  • Supports continuing medical education
  • Promotes public health
  • Provides timely information for members

Purpose
Founded in 1850, the Chicago Medical Society cultivates the science and art of medicine, promotes the sharing of professional experience, and encourages enthusiasm for the profession among its members.

Membership
Membership is comprised of nearly 7,000 professionals who reside in or practice in Cook County.  Representing all medical specialties, including practice managers, the Chicago Medical Society encourages all medical students, residents, physicians in active practice, academicians, retired physicians, and practice managers, to apply for membership.

For more information please call CMS at (312) 670-2550.

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History

CMS - A Vibrant Thread in the Fabric of Chicago History
CMS - A Vibrant Thread in the Fabric of Chicago History Ever since Daniel Boone’s relative became our first president nearly 150 years ago, CMS has been a legacy in our city.
Current and Past Presidents of the Chicago Medical Society 1850-Present
History
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Committees

Committee participation is open to the general membership and is encouraged.
Bylaws/Policy Review Committee
Purpose: To receive suggestions for changes in the Bylaws and to recommend amendments to the Council where appropriate; to keep the Chicago Medical Society Policy Manual up-to-date by reviewing actions taken by the Council and statements in the Policy Manual for appropriateness and timeliness.
Committee for Academic Physicians
Communications/Technology Committee
Purpose: To monitor the world of technology, inform and educate members on the use of computer and technology applications in the clinical setting and for personal use.
Continuing Medical Education Committee
Purpose: To ensure that the Chicago Medical Society adheres to and is in compliance with the Essentials and Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education; to initiate, implement and evaluate continuing medical education programs for the members of the Chicago Medical Society; and to cooperate with and assist related groups in structuring CME programs under joint sponsorships.
Council of Medical Staff Leadership
Purpose: To be responsible at Council Meetings for determining the number of voting members present, announcing a quorum and acting as tellers should the need arise and to function as outlined in the By-Laws, which provide that the committee shall have charge of all general elections.
Credentials/Election Committee
Purpose: To be responsible at Council Meetings for determining the number of voting members present, announcing a quorum and acting as tellers should the need arise and to function as outlined in the By-Laws, which provide that the committee shall have charge of all general elections.
Employed Physicians Committee
Purpose: To be responsible at Council Meetings for determining the number of voting members present, announcing a quorum and acting as tellers should the need arise and to function as outlined in the By-Laws, which provide that the committee shall have charge of all general elections.
Health Care Economics Committee
Purpose: To monitor local trends of managed care, health delivery service and quality; to advise the Society of significant trends, and review the actions of the professional liability insurance industry, to keep the medical society informed about health planning in Chicago and Suburban Cook County; and to evaluate the effects of physician reimbursement and medical policies proposed by the federal government (Medicare and Medicaid) and other third party payers.
Long Range Planning Committee
Purpose: To ensure that the Chicago Medical Society has a well-conceived 5-year strategic plan that includes an analysis of trends, strengths and weaknesses of Chicago Medical Society and the environment of medicine and to prescribe actions to position the Chicago Medical Society for the future. The plan will be updated annually.
Membership / IMG Committee
Purpose: To develop strategic plans for the recruitment and retention of all members, including resident and student members on an ongoing basis; to review all applications for new membership, status change requests, waiver dues and transfers, and to report recommendations to the Council; To review physicians who have resigned or forfeited their membership and wish to be reinstated. To support any measures that will encourage the complete integration of IMGs into American medical practice; to represent the views and issues of concern to IMGs to the Medical Society and the IMG community.
Physician Advocacy Committee
Purpose: To represent and protect the rights, responsibilities, and interests of physicians in all modes of medical practice including those physicians in solo practice and group practice, employed physicians, academicians, hospital medical staffs, etc. This will include physician self-governance, the credentialing process, and significant involvement in medical policy development, to include, but not be limited to, Patient advocacy, quality of care, and the peer review process. To receive, review and attempt to resolve complaints, disputes or conflicts involving any physician member of a medical staff, and any structured medical entity.
Public Health Committee
Purpose: To review and respond to any request for advice, opinion or for program approval directed to the Society by any health department, municipal health committee, or public health body in Cook County, and, when directed by the President, Executive Committee, or the Council, to initiate contact with such groups on matters of concern to organized medicine.
Resolutions Reference Committee
Purpose: To receive all resolutions from the Council so referred, to hold hearings regarding those resolutions and to report to the Council with recommendations.
Senior Physicians
Subcommittee on Joint Providership (Accreditation)
Purpose: To help plan continuing medical education activities and provide detailed review of all applications received from related organizations for joint providership; to advise the full CME Committee on trends, concerns and requirements; and to assure that CMS activities and joint sponsorship programs are in full compliance with the Essentials and Standards for Commercial Support of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.
Young Physicians Group
Purpose: To be responsible at Council Meetings for determining the number of voting members present, announcing a quorum and acting as tellers should the need arise and to function as outlined in the By-Laws, which provide that the committee shall have charge of all general elections.
Committees
Women Physicians Forum
Purpose: To be responsible at Council Meetings for determining the number of voting members present, announcing a quorum and acting as tellers should the need arise and to function as outlined in the By-Laws, which provide that the committee shall have charge of all general elections.
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Governance Structure

The Chicago Medical Society is governed by its members through its Board of Trustees, Council, Committees, and eight Districts. This structure allows CMS to efficiently address issues affecting the healthcare delivery system.

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Staff Directory

CMS Main Number: (312) 670-2550            
CMS Fax Number: (312) 670-3646

Administration

Theodore Kanellakes, Executive Director
tkanellakes@cmsdocs.org

Communications

Elizabeth Sidney, Co-Editor
esidney@cmsdocs.org

Marketing Coordinator

Natalee Enyart, MBA
nenyart@cmsdocs.org

Insurance Agency

Megan Whalen, Vice President
mwhalen@cmsdocs.org

Finance and Human Resources

Patrick Derse, Director
pderse@cmsdocs.org

Ruby Bahena, Administrative Assistant
rbahena@cmsdocs.org

Building Management

Nahoma Farmer, Building Maintenance
nfarmer@cmsdocs.org

Office Services

Ted Rodriguez, Manager
trodriguez@cmsdocs.org

IT Department

Cynthia Hoskin, Manager
choskin@cmsdocs.org

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Your Privacy

Privacy Policy

This policy delineates the information collected from visitors to the web site as well as how we use and protect that information. Protecting your privacy and your personal data is of utmost importance to us, and guides us in creating, organizing and implementing our activities on-line and off-line

From time to time we may amend this Privacy Policy by posting it to the web site and changing the date on this page noting when it was last updated.  Your continued use of the web site following the posting of any changes shall constitute your acceptance of the revised Privacy Policy.

Visitor Data Collected

You may browse many areas of our Web site, including our home page, without disclosing any personal information about yourself. Within these areas we only collect and store the information that is automatically recognized by the Web server, such as your IP address and files you request from the server. We collect the personal data that you volunteer on registration, order, survey, or other forms, or by email. Additionally, some areas of our Web site might be available only to certain persons and will require a login and password to access these areas. In order to be granted a login and password you may be asked some demographic information about yourself.

Registering on our site is optional. If you choose not to register or provide personal information, you can still use the public areas of our Web site. However, you will not be able to purchase items online, or be allowed access to private areas of our Web site. We view the customer information that we collect as a valuable and confidential asset of which we take great care to ensure its safety.

We do not knowingly collect personal information from children.

Data Analysis

As described above, we sometimes collect anonymous information from visits to our site to help us provide better customer service. For example, we measure visitor activity on our Web site, but we do so in ways that maintain individual visitor anonymity. We use the information that we collect to measure the number of visitors to the different areas of our site and to help us make our site more useful to visitors. This includes analyzing these logs periodically to measure the traffic through our servers, the number of pages visited and the level of demand for pages and topics of interest. The logs may be preserved indefinitely and used at any time and in any way to prevent security breaches and to ensure the integrity of the data on our servers.

Data Sharing

Though we make serious efforts to preserve your privacy, we may need to disclose personal information when required by law wherein we have a good-faith belief that such action is necessary to comply with a current judicial proceeding, a court order or legal process served on our Web site or if we believe it is necessary in order to investigate, prevent or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person, violations of the terms of use, or as otherwise required by law.  We also may disclose information to outside companies that assist us in providing you the products and services we offer.  We require that these outside companies agree to keep confidential all information we share with them and to use the information only to perform their obligations in the agreements.  We may disclose personal information you provide via the web site in connection with the sale, assignment, or other transfer of the business or a portion of our business.

In all other cases we do not knowingly share, sell, or distribute your personal information with any third party.

Cookies and Other Technologies

We collect the anonymous information we mentioned above through the use of various technologies, one of which is called "cookies". A cookie is an element of data that a Web site can send to your browser, which may then be stored on your hard drive. Cookies may last for only a single session or may span multiple sessions. Our Web site only uses single session cookies. We also use cookies throughout the private sections of our Web site in order to prevent security breaches as well as to track user activity. Finally, cookies are employed in such applications as shopping carts, continuing education, or other applications that require the storage of user data from one screen to the next.

Individual Participation/Access

You can ask us whether we are keeping personal data about you, and you can also request to receive a copy of that personal data. Before sending you any personal data, we will ask you to provide proof of your identity. If you are not able to provide proof of your identity, we reserve the right to refuse to send you the personal data.

We will make a sincere effort to respond in a timely manner to your requests to the previous questions or to correct inaccuracies in your personal information. At any time, you may request that we delete or correct your personal information in our logs. For such requests, please contact The Chicago Medical Society.

Links

Throughout our Web site, you will find links to third party Web sites. Please note that we are not responsible for the privacy policies or content on third party sites.

Security

We intend to protect the quality and integrity of your personal information. We have implemented technology and security policies as reasonable precautions in the storage of the personal information you disclose to us on our Web site. Our employees and processors who have access to personal data are obliged to respect the privacy of our visitors and the confidentiality of their personal data.

Privacy Support

If you have any inquiries about our privacy statement, please contact:

The Chicago Medical Society

33 W. Grand Avenue, Chicago, IL   60654

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Career & Job Center

Career & Job Center
This area was constructed to help connect our members with new employment opportunities. Use the links below to guide you as you begin your job search. Employers and recruiters: You now have access to our specialized niche.
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Site Information

OPENAssociations

This website leverages the OPENAssociations strategy for association websites and is brought to Chicago Medical Society by:

Contextual Corp.
http://www.contextualcorp.com

  • Project management
  • Content migration from previous website to new Plone CMS
  • Application of custom site design to CMS website (Plone), Association Member Management System (Avectra Netforum Pro AMS)
  • Integration among hosted AMS, CMS, and Member Collaboration systems
  • Full Managed Hosting of Plone CMS
  • Technical training on Plone CMS for administrators and editors (CMS Staff)
  • System monitoring & Technical support

The Center for Association Growth (TCAG)
http://www.tcag.com

  • Technical configuration of Avectra Netforum Pro member management application
  • Configuration of Higher Logic member collaboration web service
  • Consulting and guidance on best practices/use of AMS, Collaboration, CMS for Chicago Medical Society
  • Taxonomy, navigation, and sitemap strategy
  • Content migration and improvement
  • Netforum Pro and Higher Logic training

Biersma Creative
http://biersmacreative.com

  • Professional, clean, and consistent website design and graphics
  • Logo redesign
  • HTML/CSS production
  • Consistent branding both for on-line and off-line materials
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Login Assistance

If you are having trouble logging in, please see the information below.

What Is My Username?

Your username is the email address that CMS has on file.

Forgot My Password

To have a new password emailed to you, please click on the following link:  Reset Password

For Further Assistance

Please contact the Chicago Medical Society at cms@cmsdocs.org with your full name included in the email.  Thank You.

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