ICA Medical Advisory Council

Apply for the ICA Medical Advisory Council

Apply for the ICA Medical Advisory Council



The ICA is calling for applications from leaders in interstitial cystitis/bladder pain syndrome (IC/BPS) health care and research to advise and support the activities of the ICA by serving on its Medical Advisory Council (MAC) for a three-year term.

The ICA’s MAC plays a leadership role by providing medical and scientific expertise to advance the ICA mission. Specifically, MAC members will be asked to:

  • Contribute advice and expertise to the current and future work of ICA.
  • Meet once per year to discuss matters relevant to the ICA’s mission and work. (The meeting format [in-person, virtual, or hybrid] will be decided by the MAC.)
  • Attend ICA events and fundraisers, where feasible.
  • Provide one piece of educational content (e.g., webinar, social media post, article, etc.) annually on a subject with which they have subject matter expertise. All educational content will be approved by the ICA Board (or appropriate committee) and may be used in webinars, social media posts, and articles.
  • Asked to contribute financially to the ICA at the level with which they feel comfortable.

Established in 1984 to give a voice and a face to those impacted by this painful disease, ICA is the only nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated solely to improving the quality of healthcare and lives of people living with IC/BPS. The ICA advocates for IC/BPS research dedicated to the discovery of a cure and better treatments, raises awareness to ensure early diagnosis and optimal care with dignity, and serves as a central network for healthcare providers, researchers, and the millions of patients living with this condition.

IC/BPS is recurring pelvic pain, pressure, or discomfort in the bladder and pelvic region, often associated with urinary frequency (needing to go often) and urgency (feeling a strong need to go). IC/BPS can affect anyone; more than 12 million men, women, and children in the US alone have IC/BPS.


An application for MAC service consists of the following items:

To apply for a position on the MAC, please complete this application and submit it, along with your resume/CV and a detailed cover letter, via email as attachments to lee.lowery@ichelp.org. Please see the application form for more information about what to include in the cover letter. Please also ensure that your application, resume/CV, and cover letter are submitted as Microsoft Word documents or PDFs.

The ICA is an organization that values differences in background, perspective, beliefs, and traditions. The ICA does not discriminate against any individual because of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, creed, physical ability, and/or national origin.

The MAC Liaison, a member of the ICA Board of Directors, will oversee the call for applications and selection process, which will follow this schedule:

  • August 18th – Close call for applications
  • August 21st – 25th – Review applications
  • August 28th – September 8th – Interview candidates
  • September 11th – 22nd – Finalize selection for Board review
  • September 23rd – 30th – Board approval of MAC members with term effective Oct 1, 2023
  • October – Onboarding/Orientation of new MAC members
  • October – MAC member selection(s) announced to the ICA community and posted on the ICA website


Medical Advisory Council Charter