The Michigan Medical Directors Association (MIMDA), the state chapter in Michigan for the American Medical Directors Association, the professional association of medical directors, attending physicians and others practicing in the long term care continuum, is dedicated to excellence in patient care and provides education, advocacy, information, and professional development to promote the delivery of quality of long term care medicine.

Who We Are

MIMDA was founded in 1996 as a 501(c)(3)  organization for education and professional development. In 2015 we expanded our membership to include all licensed providers of care in long-term settings including physicians, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists, or doctorally-prepared clinicians, pharmacists, dieticians, and therapists of many stripes who have an interest in or who provide professional medical services in full or in part in post-acute and long-term care.  Affiliate membership is available to any individual or group interested in promoting the affairs of MIMDA, including Nursing Home Administrators, Directors of Nursing, RNs, LPNs, and certified nursing assistants.

This is our tribe. Our organization is composed of people who understand these unique settings for medical care. Like our work, we are team-based. We welcome anyone who works in these arenas to peruse our pages and participate with us. 

What We Do

We have worked closely with Leading Age (formerly the Michigan Association of Homes and Services for the Aging) the Health Care Association of Michigan, and the Michigan County Medical Care Facilities Council through the years to advocate for improved care for our most vulnerable citizens in post-acute, long-term or assisted living settings. During COVID-19 we recognized some of the gaps in communal living health care, and are striving to improve that. Communication is a big one. How does the government share real-time changes to recommendations for protecting our residents, treatment protocols and mechanisms for procuring needed resources? We are working to address this concern.

We are also advocating for real-time bidirectional communication between venues of care on a state and national level. We are working with MiHIN on best practices and have connected with vendors to promote this. In addition, we have worked with the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs on MI-POST, and best practices in infection control. Leadership at LARA is asking us for further collaboration.

We provide educational opportunities with continuing education credits that are unique to our space. Our annual scientific meeting is a great opportunity for networking with others in our field and sharing issues and solutions to our common challenges. Our educational sessions provide up-to-date, evidence-based best practices. Our parent organization, AMDA, offers many resources, from practice management information, clinical guidelines, and podcasts, to quality improvement and workforce roundtables.