CMA physicians converge on Sacramento for annual meeting

October 17, 2016
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education 

More than 500 California physicians convened in Sacramento this weekend for the 145th Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD), which convened October 15-16, 2016, at the Sacramento Convention Center. This meeting marks the end of the first year of CMA’s new governance reforms.

Under the new system of governance, the HOD now meets to establish broad policy on current major issues affecting members, the association and the practice of medicine.


The major issues discussed this year were:


  • Maintenance of Certification
  • Opioids
  • Physician Burnout
  • ACA Changes
  • Public Health


Before debating the issues, the delegates heard from experts in each major issue area, and for the first time continuing medical education (CME) credit was offered for these educational sessions. Final reports detailing the actions taken by the delegates will be posted later this week at House of Delegates.

Photos from the event are available on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/cmadocs. Please tag yourselves and your colleagues!


Submit a Resolution


Another significant change to the governance process is the year-round (quarterly) resolution process. Any CMA member may author a resolution and have it submitted to the Board of Trustees using the year-round process. This approach preserves the ability of individual members to participate in and influence CMA policy-making in a more timely way, rather than waiting for a once-a-year opportunity at HOD, which had been CMA’s tradition. This allows CMA to be more nimble and effective in making decisions on critical issues that are important to physicians.


If you have a resolution you would like to submit for next quarter, e-mail it to resolutions@cmadocs.org. Please read the guidelines for submission and formatting before submitting a resolution. Resolutions that do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.


The resolution submission deadline for the 1st quarter of 2017 is October 19, 2016, and for the 2nd quarter, January 22, 2017.


Contact: Michelle Chapanian, (800) 786-4262 or mchapanian@cmadocs.org.



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