Massachusetts Medical Society: The Role of the HOD and Delegate Responsibilities

The Role of the HOD and Delegate Responsibilities

The HOD is the policymaking body of the MMS and has the authority to establish policy. Members of the MMS HOD serve as an important communications, policy, and membership link between the MMS and grassroots physicians. Each delegate is a key source of information on policies, activities, and programs of the MMS. The HOD is composed of delegates elected by the district medical societies and ex-officio delegates

The HOD meets twice a year — in the spring and early winter — for two days. These meetings typically take place in November/December (meeting days are Friday and Saturday) and May (meeting days are Thursday and Saturday).

Delegate Responsibilities 

The responsibilities of the HOD include some of the following:

  • Consider and vote on resolutions/reports (via reference committee reports at HOD meetings).
  • Approve member appointments to standing and special committees and establish special committees as needed.
  • Elect MMS officers and AMA delegates.
  • Establish medical specialty society representation on the HOD.
  • Have authority to override (with two-thirds vote) Board of Trustees prioritization of funding of House directives.

How to Become a Delegate

Interested members who have been members of the MMS for one year should view our HOD brochure (.pdf, 1 page) and contact their district to express interest in becoming a delegate. 

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