A core benefit for Illinois State Medical Society members is access to our popular webinar series. ISMS members and their staff can sign up for ISMS-sponsored webinars for free. Here is a list of our upcoming courses. Members receive email notifications when course registration opens. If you aren’t receiving notices, contact us to make sure you are added to our education promotion list.

May 29, 2024Legislative Landscape 2024
12 p.m.
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Now that the Spring legislative session is wrapping up for 2024, ISMS is offering a webinar that will take an inside look at topics related to Illinois medicine!

ISMS Senior Vice President for State Legislative Affairs Erin O’Brien and ISMS Senior Vice President of Health Policy Research and Advocacy David Porter will cover the outcomes of health-related legislative issues introduced and debated in the Illinois General Assembly.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff.

About the Presenters:

Erin O’Brien has been employed with the Illinois State Medical Society since 2004. In her capacity as Senior Vice President for State Legislative Affairs, it is her responsibility to convey the organizations’ positions and policies to lawmakers on issues impacting the practice of medicine, physicians and their patients. She is also responsible for connecting legislators and other state officials to Illinois physicians to discuss important matters facing Illinois’ public health system and how to safely improve access to health care for all Illinois patients.

Erin graduated from Marquette University where she majored in political science.

David Porter is the Senior Vice President of Health Policy Research and Advocacy at the Illinois State Medical Society. In that role, he is dedicated to advancing physicians’ interests and protecting their ability to provide high-quality care to their patients. He and his team track all legislative and regulatory changes that may impact physicians’ professional lives – including issues like the licensure of healthcare professionals, the integration of health information technology into medical practice, and the constantly changing interface between physicians and public and private payers.

David holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from Denison University in Granville, Ohio.

May 30, 2024Physicians Spreading the (Healthy) Word: Using Social Media to Engage and Inform
12 p.m.
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Finding ways to effectively engage and educate patients about factors that affect their individual health and the health of the community is among the many challenges physicians face. Increasingly physicians are turning to social media as vehicle through which to influence patients and spread important health concepts beyond the confines of a clinical setting.

The Illinois State Medical Society invites you to join Zachary Rubin, MD, for a program on the use of social media to connect with patients and share important health information in an engaging and accessible way. The session will also cover strategies for effectively using social media to combat the spread of health-related misinformation and disinformation.

Who can attend:

Registration is limited to ISMS members and their employed staff.

About the Presenters:

Zachary Rubin, M.D. is an allergist at Oak Brook Allergists in the western suburbs of Chicago. Outside of his clinical practice, he teaches the public about the field of allergy through social media and has over 1.5 million followers across TikTok, Instagram, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter/X.

He serves on the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology’s social media subcommittee and encourages other allergists to educate on social media. He has been featured in several news outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times, NBC News, The Today Show, New York Post, USA Today, Bloomberg News, ABC7 Chicago, and The Atlantic.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain reasons why social media can be a good source of health information for patients and the public.
  2. Identify the most important considerations when starting to build a social media presence.
  3. Describe strategies for managing and combatting health-related disinformation through your social media presence.


The Illinois State Medical Society is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit designation:

The Illinois State Medical Society designates this live activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


There are no relevant financial relationships with ACCME-defined commercial interests for anyone who was in control of the content of this activity.


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