Act of Incorporation, Bylaws, and Code of Ethics

Act of Incorporation of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781, as amended in 1969. The Acts of Incorporation, which were signed by Sam Adams and John Hancock, state that:

"The purposes of the Massachusetts Medical Society shall be to do all things as may be necessary and appropriate to advance medical knowledge, to develop and maintain the highest professional and ethical standards of medical practice and health care, and to promote medical institutions formed on liberal principles for the health, benefit and welfare of the citizens of the Commonwealth."

Bylaws of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Amended, as needed, during the Society's Annual Meeting. The Bylaws set forth the rules of the Society, including categories of membership in the Society and its constituent District Medical Societies, the composition, powers, duties of the House of Delegates, Board of Trustees, the Society's committees as well as the duties and powers of the officers. Also included are the procedures of the Committee on Nominations and the procedures of the Board of Trustees. 

Code of Ethics of the Massachusetts Medical Society

Adopted in 2002. The Code of Ethics is intended to establish general principles and rules of conduct for membership in the Society.

Members may also request a printed copy by emailing info@mms.org or calling the Membership Department at (800) 322-2303.

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