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AAN Delegation to the AMA

This Delegation represents the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD), the policy-setting body of the AMA. The Delegation participates in the introduction, debate, and votes on policy proposals during House of Delegates meetings. Delegates may help develop resolutions on behalf of the AAN, offer testimony on reports and resolutions being considered by the HOD, and vote on reports, resolutions, and officers of the AMA. 

Staff Liaison: Amber Stock, Manager, Advocacy

Job Description

Description
This Delegation represents the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) in the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates (HOD), the policy-setting body of the AMA. The Delegation participates in the introduction of, debate on, and votes on policy proposals during House of Delegates meetings. Delegates may help develop resolutions on behalf of the AAN, offer testimony on reports and resolutions being considered by the HOD, and vote on reports, resolutions and officers of the AMA. Up to eight members of the Delegation represent the AAN in the full HOD as a Delegate or Alternate Delegate. Additionally, one member participates as the AAN's Delegate to the Young Physicians Section (YPS), and one member participates at the AAN's Delegate to the Residents and Fellows Section (RFS).

Responsibilities

  • Meetings:
    • Based on the needs of the Delegation, attend the five-day AMA HOD Annual Meeting, and attend the four-day AMA HOD Interim Meeting.
      • Not attending two or more meetings in a two-year period may result in suspension of Delegation membership.
    • Attend a two-hour meeting during the AAN's Annual Meeting (as schedule permits).
  • Come to the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings prepared to represent the AAN and to brief the Section Council on any assigned Reference Committees.
  • Attend assigned Reference Committees and testify on behalf of the AAN as necessary.
  • Testify in the AMA HOD on behalf of the AAN as necessary (credentialed Delegates only).
  • Be willing to serve on Reference Committees if invited.
  • Be willing to run for elected positions within the AMA HOD.

Selection/Appointment
All Delegation positions are appointed by the AAN President-Elect to serve for a two-year term provided the qualifications the AMA sets for each role are met by the individual. All members of the AAN Delegation must be current AMA members. Because of the uniqueness of the AMA HOD process, Delegation members are not typically subject to the same term limits of other AAN committees.

Meeting Schedule
The AMA HOD Annual Meeting is held every June in Chicago, IL (Saturday to Wednesday). The AMA HOD Interim Meeting is held in rotating locations every November (Saturday to Tuesday).

Estimated Time Commitment
Less than one hour per month outside of the five-day meeting every June and the four-day meeting every November.

Committee Breakdown
The AAN Delegation to the AMA includes the following members:

  • Three to four HOD Delegates - These individuals must be current AMA members and be available to attend the entire AMA HOD Annual and Interim Meetings. Delegates should be familiar with AMA HOD policy and procedure and actively participate in HOD meetings.
  • Two to three HOD Alternate Delegates - These individuals must be current AMA members should be able to attend most of the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings. Alternate Delegates should be prepared and able to substitute for Delegates and perform all Delegate roles if necessary.
  • One YPS Delegate - This individual must be a current AMA member and be under 40 years old or in the first six years of practice. He or she may also serve as HOD Delegate/Alternate Delegate. This individual must be available to attend the YPS meeting, which meets the day before the start of the HOD Annual and Interim Meetings. He or she may elect to leave the HOD meeting after the Neurology Section Council meeting, but is encouraged to stay through the Reference Committee hearings.
  • One RFS Delegate - This individual must be current AMA member and be a current resident or fellow as of the date of the Annual or Interim Meeting for which he or she serves in this role. He or she may also serve as HOD Delegate/Alternate Delegate. This individual must be available to attend the RFS meeting, which meets the day before the start of the HOD Annual and Interim Meetings. He or she may elect to leave the HOD meeting after the Neurology Section Council meeting, but is encouraged to stay through the Reference Committee hearings.
  • One Representative - This individual is credentialed to attend the AMA Annual and Interim Meetings, but is not expected to substitute for other members of the Delegation unless notified in advance. This individual is invited to attend all or part of the Annual and Interim Meetings. He or she is strongly encouraged to stay for the first two to three days of each meeting. The Representative position is primarily educational and does not need to be filled for each meeting.

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