hod-2012The House of Delegates consists of more than 400 delegates elected by members of component medical societies, specialty societies, CMA sections (Organized Medical Staff Section, Young Physicians Section, Ethnic Medical Organization Section, Medical Student Section), the Resident and Fellows Section and CMA mode of practice forums.

The business of the House of Delegates consists primarily of resolutions and recommendations submitted by delegations or by individual delegates. Each item of business is assigned to a “reference committee,” consisting of six members of the House. Each reference committee conducts a hearing to receive testimony for or against proposed resolutions from other CMA members and delegates. The committee then formulates recommendations for action by the full House, which votes to adopt, reject, amend or refer (for further study or for decision by the Board of Trustees) each recommendation. The House of Delegates exemplifies CMA’s truly democratic governance.

Any CMA member may present testimony (i.e., speak for or against a resolution or recommendation) at reference committee hearings and may attend the meetings of the full House of Delegates as an observer.

It convenes 3 days a year, usually in October, at alternating locations. The LACMA Delegation is CMA District IV.

Future Annual Session Dates

October 15-16, 2016: Sacramento Convention Center

For more information on the House of Delegates or on how to become a delegate, please contact Lisa Le, Director of Governance, at (213) 226-0304 or carol@lacmanet.org.


House of Delegates

The House of Delegates, CMA’s legislative body, establishes the policies that govern the Association and elects CMA’s president. The House convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues. Policies adopted by the House are implemented by the Board of Trustees, which also deals with the many interim policy issues that arise between the Annual Sessions of the House.

The House of Delegates consists of more than 400 delegates statewide elected by members of component medical societies, specialty societies, CMA sections (Organized Medical Staff Section, Young Physicians Section, Ethnic Medical Organization Section, Medical Student Section), the Resident and Fellows Section and CMA mode of practice forums.

Component medical societies, specialty societies and mode of practice forums are entitled to a number of delegates determined by a “proportionate representation” formula (for example, county medical societies are entitled to two delegates plus one additional delegate for each full 100 regular active members), while CMA sections are allotted a fixed number of delegates as specified in the CMA Bylaws. Members of the Board of Trustees, past presidents of the association and members of the California Delegation to the American Medical Association also participate as ex officio members of the House.

LACMA’s delegation, comprised of 37 delegates and alternate delegates, represents LACMA at the annual meeting of the House of Delegates of the California Medical Association (CMA). The purpose of the meetings of the delegation shall be to coordinate efforts to accomplish the goals and desires of the represented members of the LACMA. LACMA’s delegation is governed by 4 officers: a) Chair; b) Vice-Chair; c) Parliamentarian; d) Sergeant at Arms. All officers are elected by the delegation at the annual meeting and serve a one-year term commencing at the conclusion of the next CMA House of Delegates meeting. Officers do not hold a single office for more than two successive terms.

The business of the House of Delegates consists primarily of resolutions and recommendations submitted by the delegations that comprise the House or by individual members thereof. Each item of business is assigned to a “reference committee,” consisting of six members of the House, which conducts a hearing to receive testimony for or against the proposal from other CMA members and delegates. The committee then formulates recommendations for action by the full House, which votes to adopt, reject, amend or refer (for further study or for decision by the Board of Trustees) each recommendation.

JOINT LACBA-LACMA COMMITTEE ON BIOMEDICAL ETHICS

Studies issues of biomedical ethics involved in the treatment of patients, and recommends guidelines or other approaches to dealing with such problems.

Co-Chair Paul Schneider, MD
Co-Chair Terri Keville