Speaker's Message: September 6, 2023

September 06, 2023

CMA HOD Update: Important Upcoming Deadlines

Dear Colleagues:

The 152nd Annual Session of the California Medical Association (CMA) House of Delegates (HOD) will convene October 21-22, 2023, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles. As you plan your participation in the meeting, your Speaker requests that you carefully review the following information.

Important Upcoming Deadlines

Please take note of these important upcoming deadlines! Details for each are included below.

  • Sept. 12: If you would like to honor a CMA member who passed away since last HOD, please submit an “in memoriam” resolution and photo to Navdeep Dhaliwal.
  • Sept. 27: Reserve a room through CMA's room block at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE in downtown Los Angeles.
  • ASAP: Reservations for childcare are required for planning purposes, as spaces are limited.
  • ASAP: Tickets for the Presidential Gala are almost sold out! To purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Moller.

HOD Schedule Posted

The draft schedule of the weekend’s major events and activities is posted on the HOD website and will be continuously updated until we get to House. Please check with your delegation coordinator for information about your own delegation’s caucus meetings and meal functions.

New Delegate Orientation 
New delegates and alternates should plan on attending the New Delegate Orientation, which will be held virtually on Tuesday, Oct. 17, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Click here to register now.

HOD in-person registration will be open starting Friday afternoon, Oct. 20, for any attendee who arrives early. We highly suggest checking in at Registration in advance of the inevitable rush on Saturday morning. 

Sessions of this year’s House of Delegates are tentatively scheduled as follows:

  • Saturday, Oct. 21: 8 to 11:30 a.m. (Session 1)
  • Saturday, Oct. 21: 1 to 5 p.m. (Session 2)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22: 8 to 11:30 a.m. (Session 3)
  • Sunday, Oct. 22: 1 to 4 p.m. (Session 4)

In addition to conducting various elections, hearing from leaders in organized medicine, honoring members with awards and other business, the weekend will consist of education and debate on major issues, spread across the four general sessions of the House. We hope to adjourn no later than 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 22.

Hotel Accommodations

CMA has secured a block of guest rooms reserved at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE at a special rate. Reservations may be made by clicking here. Delegates are strongly advised to book early, since the room block is limited and the discounted rate may no longer be offered after the block has filled. The deadline for the discounted rate is Sept. 27. If you are unable to reserve a room through our room block, please continue to check the website as rooms become available.

For housing questions, contact Marriott Hotel Reservations at (213) 765-8600 or toll free at (877) 622-3056. Please note that all housing questions are handled through the JW Marriott, not through CMA staff. For questions about whether your hotel expenses are eligible for reimbursement, please confirm with your delegation coordinator, as expense policies vary from delegation to delegation.


CMA has partnered with ACCENT on Children’s Arrangements, Inc., to offer half- and full-day services on Saturday and Sunday, October 21-22, as well as an evening slot for parents who would like to have childcare during the Gala. Parents are responsible for breakfast and lunch; however, snacks will be provided. In addition to childcare, there are numerous activities around the Los Angeles area to enjoy.

Childcare Schedule

  • Saturday, October 21: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, October 21: 5:30-10:30 p.m.
  • Sunday, October 22: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All ACCENT staff members have full background checks and are CPR and first aid certified. All children ages 6 months to 12 years are welcome to participate, with age-specific activities planned for them. There is no costs to sign up, but reservations are required for planning purposes and spaces are limited. Thanks to The Doctors Company for sponsoring this service!

Meeting Registration and Rosters

All delegates and alternate delegates will be pre-registered for the meeting based on delegation rosters submitted to CMA. Delegates and alternates should be duly elected or appointed per the method or manner prescribed to each delegation in the CMA Bylaws. If you have questions about if you are recorded as a delegate or alternate for 2023, please contact Dya Carranza

CMA Presidential Gala (Almost sold out!)

Tickets for CMA’s Presidential Gala are now on sale! The Gala will take place the evening of Saturday, Oct. 21, and will include dinner, entertainment and dancing, in celebration of incoming CMA President Tanya Spirtos, M.D. To purchase tickets, please contact Jennifer Moller.

In Memoriam

Each year during HOD, we honor and reflect on our physician colleagues who are no longer with us. If you would like to honor a CMA member who passed away since last HOD, please submit an “in memoriam” resolution and photo to Navdeep Dhaliwal by Sept. 12. A sample template is available if needed. Thank you for your assistance in honoring our dedicated CMA member physicians.

We look forward to a productive 152nd Annual Session – and we hope you also take time to enjoy your stay in Los Angeles. We also wish to encourage any and all of you to contact us, through your delegation chairs or directly, with questions, concerns or recommendations regarding this year’s House!


Jack Chou, M.D.
Speaker of the House


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