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CMA mode of practice forum delegations

Voting is now open for delegate/alternate vacancies. Voting is restricted to members of each mode of practice forum.

The California Medical Association (CMA) is seeking applications and nominations for physicians interested in serving as delegates or alternates for their mode of practice forum delegations to the CMA House of Delegates. "Mode of practice" refers to the type or size of medical practice setting that you have indicated as a member of CMA. Click here to see definitions.

CMA’s mode of practice forums include the Solo and Small-Group Practice Forum, the Medium Group Practice Forum, the Large Group Practice Forum, the Very Large Group Practice Forum, the Academic Practice Forum, the Administrative Medicine Forum, the Government-Employed Physicians Forum and the Hospital-Based Physicians Forum.

The majority of these forums seat their delegations through this open election process; however, a few conduct an internal election process. The forums whose elections are open in this solicitation are:

The most fundamental responsibility of delegates and alternates is to represent their constituents in the House of Delegates by attending and actively participating in delegation caucus meetings and in all sessions of the House. Delegates are responsible for representing their overall constituency and not just their own personal views on issues. Individual delegations may have their own rules setting forth additional or more specific duties and responsibilities. These may include the following, which the full House has voted to recommend to delegations:

  • Communicate CMA policy, information, activities, and programs to constituents.
  • Relate constituent views to the appropriate CMA leaders, governing body, or executive staff.
  • Advocate constituent views within the House of Delegates.
  • Report highlights of House of Delegates meetings to constituents (for example, at hospital medical staff, county, state, and specialty society meetings).
  • In carrying out their duties, delegates are strongly encouraged to seek the assistance and guidance of their delegation chair and other experienced members of their delegation.

Applicants/nominees must fulfill these requirements:

  • Applicant/nominee must be a CMA member.
  • Seat must align with applicant’s Mode of Practice designation.
  • Applicant must complete a nomination/application form.

The positions are for a two-year term beginning July 1, 2024, and ending June 30, 2026. These terms cover two sessions of the annual CMA House of Delegates:

  • 2024: October 26-27, in Sacramento
  • 2025: October 18-19, in Los Angeles

Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by Wednesday, April 24, at 11:59 p.m. The CMA Committee on Nominations will meet in late April to review applications and create a slate of nominees.

A ballot will be distributed by mid-May, to all eligible members of a given mode of practice forum. If a seat is uncontested, no election will be held and the candidate will be elected by acclamation. Election results will be announced in June 2024.

Every nomination must include:

  • Completed application form
  • Indication of which office/seat you are interesed in
  • Statement of Interest/qualifications (not to exceed 250 words). If you are selected as a nominee, this statement will appear alongside your name on the ballot. (Optional, but encouraged)

Contact

Navdeep Dhaliwal
Director, Governance
California Medical Association
1201 K Street, Suite 800
Sacramento, CA 95814
ndhaliwal@cmadocs.org

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