MMS Policies, Bylaws & Procedures

MMS Policy Compendium  

This document includes all active policies enacted by the MMS House of delegates, the principal policymaking body of the Society.

Policies Due for Sunset Review

The following document lists the MMS policies scheduled for sunsetting at the next Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates. Should you want to provide feedback on a policy, please contact houseofdelegates@mms.org. Policies may be sunsetted, reaffirmed, amended (while retaining the original meaning), or recommended for revision; and therefore reaffirmed for one year pending new policy submission.

  • Download the Sunset Policies 2017   (.pdf, 35 pgs, 639 kb) 
    Per the MMS Procedures of the House of Delegates, "a sunset mechanism with a seven-year time horizon shall exist for all MMS policy positions and statements established by the House of Delegates. Each adopted resolve or recommendation within a policy shall be considered individually with regard to the sunsetting process and a policy will cease to be viable unless action is taken by the House to re-establish said policy."
  • Download the Sunset Compendium  (.pdf, 228 pgs, 1.48 mb)
    The House of Delegates annually reviews all MMS policies seven years after their enactment, to determine their relevance to current priorities and activities. This document lists the MMS policies that the House ordered to be sunset after such a review. 

MMS Act of Incorporation, Bylaws and Code of Ethics

These corporate documents include:

  • Act of Incorporation of the Massachusetts Medical Society
    Enacted as Chapter 15 of the Acts of 1781. Amended in 1969. 
  • 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.
  • Code of Ethics of the Massachusetts Medical Society:
    The Code of Ethics establish principles and rules of conduct for membership in the Society.
  • Procedures of the Committee on Nominations
  • Procedures of the Board of Trustees

Click here for more detailed information about the documents

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

Procedures of the House of Delegates

The Procedures are a parliamentary and procedural guide used for conducting HOD meetings. Procedures are updated as changes occur. The most recent version is available here for download. 

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