Do you have an idea for a physician networking, social or other professional event? Beginning in 2019, VMS will have funding available to host regional events aimed at fostering networking and collegiality among the medical profession. This funding is available due to a bylaws change passed by members at the VMS 2018 Annual Meeting replacing county society dues with a regional and student event fee. Please consider applying for funds for an event in your area! VMS staff are available to help you plan and host.
Criteria for Regional Events
At its 2018 Annual Meeting, VMS eliminated component/county society dues and replaced them with a flat $10 assessment to support regional and student activities.
A portion of this funding is set aside for regional events planned by VMS members and funded based on application to VMS. VMS Staff may be available to assist with logistical support. For more information or to request assistance, contact VMS Deputy Director Stephanie Winters at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The funding will be distributed according to the following policy:
- Events must be open to and promoted to all VMS members in a county or combination of counties and of general enough interest to appeal to a majority of members in a given area.
- Proposed speakers/topics must be consistent with VMS policy and/or foster an evidence-based dialog of applicable topics.
- VMS has separate funds available to co-sponsor CME/academic conferences, therefore this funding pool will not be used to support CME-type conferences with existing sources of support and is primarily aimed at fostering networking and collegiality among the medical profession.
- Funding is distributed on a first come-first serve basis up to the cap available to VMS based on its approved annual budget and subject to the limitations of this policy.
- Funding per event is limited to $2000 per event with exceptions considered on a case-by-case bases.
- Funding determination will be made by VMS Executive Director with denials reviewable by VMS Executive Committee.
- No VMS funds can be committed prior to receiving written confirmation that the application has been approved by VMS.
- Application should be submitted as soon as possible, but no later than 30 days prior to planned event date.