ACEP is up for its five-year review at the American Medical Association. The number of delegates that a specialty society such as ACEP is afforded to represent our specialty at the AMA House of Delegates depends upon the number of ACEP members who are also AMA members. Currently, we enjoy having five delegates and alternates at the HOD.
Explore This IssueACEP News: Vol 32 – No 08 – August 2013
On Jan. 1, 2014, the AMA will compare our member list with theirs. At our last count five years ago, we had 3,007 ACEP members who also belonged to the AMA.
We get one for the organization and one for each thousand or fraction thereof. Should there be less than 3,000, we lose a delegate and alternate. We are hoping that there will be more than 4,000 to make us eligible for a sixth delegate and alternate. But just to be sure, it is vitally important that more ACEP members join the AMA.
Beyond ensuring our continued strong presence at the HOD, it is imperative that more and preferably all emergency physicians participate in the big House of Medicine – the AMA.
You might not have the time or inclination to actively participate, but your membership dollars are essential to help those of us who do, to help carry the water so to speak.
I started my participation at the AMA though the Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS) in 1983 and then as an alternate delegate in 1986 and have continued to the present as a delegate.
Becoming the designee from your hospital to the OMSS is the easiest way to start or via active participation in your local medical society, your state medical association and then on the HOD representing your state.
The 168th President of the AMA, Ardis Hoven, was inaugurated at the recently concluded annual session of the AMA HOD in Chicago.
ACEP’s own Dr. Steve Stack, sitting in the Young Physician slotted seat at the Board of Trustees, has just completed his term as chair and announced his candidacy for President of the AMA. We are aiming to help elect him as the 170th and first emergency physician AMA President.
This is big for emergency medicine, and we need your help to make it happen.
We have come a long way since my initial years as the sole delegate. Emergency medicine is now a huge and widely appreciated participant in the House of Medicine
Join the AMA today, and when you do, designate ACEP as the society that will represent you in the House of Delegates. We need your membership, support, and participation.