House of Delegates


Welcome from Your Speakers

Frank MacMillan Jr., MD vice speaker & David Rosman, MD, speaker

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

Your speakers are pleased to welcome you to the 2017 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates on Thursday, April 27, and Saturday, April 29, 2017, at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston. The House of Delegates, the Society’s policymaking authority, will consider dozens of resolutions and reports of importance to physicians and the patients they serve. On April 27, reference committees will conduct concurrent hearings on resolutions and reports.

Reference Committee Reports

Delegates’ Handbook

All resolutions and reports and other business for the House are published in the Delegates’ Handbook, and are available below in PDF format on Monday, April 3. Printed copies will mail on April 6 to those who opted-in.   

Late Reports for Action & Late Informational Report

The following are two late items for action and one informational report.

Important Dates and Deadlines  

  • March 13, 2017 — Deadline for resolutions and reports
  • April 3, 2017 — (If not previously opted in) Deadline to opt in for mailed/printed copy of Delegates’ Handbook 
  • April 3, 2017 — Delegates’ Handbook available online
  • April 3, 2017 — Online Testimony Opens
  • April 6, 2017 — Delegates’ Handbook mails
  • April 12, 2017, 5:00 p.m. — Deadline for late resolutions and reports
  • April 24 2017, 12:00 p.m. — Pre-registration deadline
  • April 27, 2017, 9:00 a.m. — House of Delegates First Session Convenes
  • April 27, 2017, 10:30 a.m. — Reference Committee Hearings
  • April 27, 2017, 1:00 p.m. — Awards Luncheon
  • April 29, 2017, 9:00 a.m. — House of Delegates Second Session Convenes
  • April 29, 2017, 12:30 p.m. — Annual Meeting of the Society Luncheon; Bylaws Amendments   

Opt-In for a Print Delegates’ Handbook 

Delegates that opted in for a print 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 by April 3, 2017. 

Online Tutorial for Delegates’ Handbook

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

Residents and Students

Online Testimony

If you haven’t used the online site before, resolve to do so for Annual Meeting!  Beginning April 3, members can testify online at  for all resolutions and reports.

This online option supplements traditional on-site reference committee hearings. It is a convenient option to weigh in on issues and voice your opinion before the meeting. 

House of Delegates Remote Observation 

Delegates and other MMS members may remotely observe the HOD first and second session, April 27, 9:00 a.m.–10:30 a.m., and April 29, 9:00 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 (i.e., testifying, voting) during the sessions.  It also allows members who may be interested in learning more about the HOD to observe. For more information, please see this

Caucus Meetings 

Individual districts and groupings of districts by regional area will have the opportunity to caucus prior to First and/or the Second Sessions of the House of Delegates.  For the Caucus schedule, click here.

Family Friendly Space

The MMS Board of Trustees recently voted to provide dedicated “family-friendly” space at the House of Delegates meetings (beginning with A-17) to allow MMS members with children the option to remotely view the proceedings of the House of Delegates meetings.  The meeting space will be available on Thursday, April 27, 2017, 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the World Trade Center – Dartmouth Room and Saturday, April 29, 2017, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM in the Seaport Hotel – Liberty Room.  Pre-registration is required.  Please click  here to pre-registerPlease see this informational flyer for more details. Please contact if you have any questions.

QR Attendance Tracking

Starting with the 2017 Annual Meeting, each attendee’s badge will have a quick response, or QR. code on the reverse side. A QR code is a type of matrix barcode used on gate passes, nutrition labels, and for marketing purposes. 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 social events).   Please see this informational flyer for more details. Please contact if you have any questions.

Reference Committee Reports 

Reference committees, during day one of the meeting, hold open hearings on the resolutions/reports. Reference committee reports will be available on Friday, April 28.   

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

2017-2018 MMS Committee Appointments

For the 2017–2018 Committee Appointments, click here.

Parliamentary Procedure Basics Video

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

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Reference Committee Reports

The A-17 reference committee reports are now available. You will need your username and password to access this information. 

View Reports »

Save the Date for These Upcoming Meetings

2018 Annual Meeting - April 26 - 28 2018 at the Seaport Hotel and World Trade Center, Boston

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

Program Brochure 

2017 Annual Meeting Brochure Download the 2017 Annual Meeting Program Brochure (.pdf, 3 pages)

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