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House of Delegates

Thursday and Saturday, April 26 and 28, 8:30 a.m.

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MMS House of Delegates


Frank MacMillan Jr., MD vice speaker & David Rosman, MD, speaker
Frank MacMillan Jr., MD, FACG, Vice Speaker (L), David Rosman, MD, MBA, Speaker (R) 

Welcome from Your Speakers

Your speakers are pleased to welcome you to the 2018 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on Thursday, April 26, and Saturday, April 28, 2018, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston. The House of Delegates — the Society’s policy-making authority — will consider dozens of resolutions and reports of importance to physicians and the patients they serve. On April 26, at 10:00 a.m., reference committees will conduct concurrent hearings on resolutions and reports.  Final policy and directives will be voted on Saturday, April 28.  Learn more about the policy-making process.


Important Dates and Deadlines  

  • March 12, 2018 — Deadline for resolutions and reports
  • April 3, 2018
    • (If not previously opted in) Deadline to opt in for mailed/printed copy of Delegates’ Handbook (and to request informational reports)
    • Delegates’ Handbook available online
    • Online Testimony Opens
  • April 5, 2018 — Delegates’ Handbook mails
  • April 12, 2018, 5:00 p.m. — Deadline for late resolutions and reports
  • April 23, 2018, 12:00 p.m. – Pre-registration deadline
  • April 26-28, 2018 – 2018 MMS Annual Meeting.  View the complete schedule here.


Submitting a Resolution to the HOD

The on-time deadline for resolutions is March 12, 2018.

The late-file deadline for resolutions is April 12, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. Late resolutions are subject to review by the Committee on Late and Deferred Resolutions/Reports and must meet certain criteria per the Procedures of the HOD.

For more information on submitting a resolution please visit massmed.org/resolutions. For questions, please contact Annemarie Tucker at atucker@mms.org or at (800) 322-2303, ext. 7332. Resolutions must be submitted electronically using the template at massmed.org/resolutions.

MMS Resident/Fellow and Students Sections

MMS Resident/Fellow and Students Sections


Opt-In for a Print Copy of Delegates’ Handbook 

Delegates that opted in for a printed handbook at a previous meeting will receive a print copy; you do not need to opt in again. 

If you have not opted in previously and would prefer a print copy, please email us at houseofdelegates@mms.org by April 3, 2018.


Online Testimony

If you haven’t used the website for online testimony before, resolve to do so for Annual Meeting! Beginning April 3, members can testify online  at http://www.massmed.org/hodcommunity  for all resolutions and reports.

This online option supplements traditional on-site testimony. It is a convenient option for all MMS members to weigh in on issues and voice your opinion before the meeting.


Online Tutorial for Delegates’ Handbook

The online handbook is easy to use! View our online tutorial.

Aaron Kithcart, MD, MMS Delegate

Aaron Kithcart, MD, MMS Delegate 


Delegates’ Handbook

All resolutions and reports and other business for the House are published in the Delegates’ Handbook and will be available on Tuesday, April 3. 

Printed copies will mail via ground shipping on Thursday, April 5, to those who are opted-in.

  • Speakers’ Letter and Informational Materials  
  • Reference Committee A  
  • Reference Committee B    
  • Reference Committee C    
  • Fiscal Note Components   
  • Informational Reports — Directives Referred for Implementation   
  • Complete Delegates’ Handbook  

2018–2019 MMS Committee Appointments

The 2018–2019 Committee Appointments will be posted here prior to the meeting.


Late-File Resolutions and Reports

Late files will be available electronically (only) on Wednesday, April 18.


Reference Committee Reports

Reference committees will hold open hearings on the resolutions/reports. Reference committee reports will be available on Friday, April 27.

  • Final Report — Reference Committee A 
  • Final Report — Reference Committee B 
  • Final Report — Reference Committee C 
  • Final Reports — A, B, C

Mr. Annirudh Balachandran, MMS Delegate

Mr. Annirudh Balachandran, MMS Delegate


House of Delegates Remote Observation 

Delegates and other MMS members may remotely observe the HOD first and second sessions, April 26, 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m., and April 28, 8:30 a.m.–closing (between 3:00–5:00 p.m.). Online remote observation allows delegates who are unable to attend the meeting to follow the proceedings remotely but does not meet the attendance requirement and does not allow for participation (e.g., testifying, voting) during the sessions. It also allows members who may be interested in learning more about the HOD to observe. Please view these remote observation instructions.

Orders of Business will be posted here prior to the meeting when finalized.


Family Friendly Space

The MMS Board of Trustees recently voted to provide dedicated “family-friendly” space at the House of Delegates meetings to allow MMS members the option to remotely view the proceedings of the House of Delegates meetings while caring for their loved ones. The meeting space will be available during the HOD Second Session, 8:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m. 

Pre-registration is required.  Please click here to reserve a spot

Should you have questions about the family-friendly space or require assistance with other possible needs, please contact houseofdelegates@mms.org.

Heidi Foley, MD and Alan Woodward, MD; both MMS Delegates

Heidi Foley, MD and Alan Woodward, MD; both MMS Delegates


QR Attendance Tracking

Each attendee’s badge will have a quick response (QR) code on the front side. The QR code appearing on your badge will be programmed with your name and your MMS Member ID number. Attendees will “scan-in” to record their attendance at all HOD sessions and CME events (no scanning is required at lunches or other events). Please see this informational flyer for more details.


Caucus Meetings 

Individual districts and groupings of districts by regional area will have the opportunity to caucus prior to the First and/or Second Sessions of the House of Delegates. The caucus schedule will be posted on Tuesday, April 3.


Parliamentary Procedure Basics Video

Learn the basics of HOD procedures in this 30-minute video


Final House Votes

The final outcomes on resolutions/reports will be available after the Annual Meeting.


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Register

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held on April 26-28 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center.

Register Here »

Hotel Reservations

A block of rooms is being held at the Seaport Hotel. Click here to book your hotel room online before the MMS Hotel Deadline of Friday, March 16.

Program Brochure 

Coming Soon - Download the Annual Meeting Program Brochure (.pdf, 4 pages)

Save the Date for These Upcoming Meetings

2018 Interim Meeting - November 30 - December 1, 2018, MMS Headquarters and the Westin Hotel, Waltham

2019 Annual Meeting - May 2 - 4, 2019, Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston

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