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Council on Constitution and Bylaws

The AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws was established in 1950. It serves as a fact-finding and advisory committee on matters pertaining to the Constitution and Bylaws; recommends such changes in the Constitution and Bylaws as it deems appropriate for action by the House of Delegates; and serves as advisory to the Board of Trustees in reviewing the rules, regulations and procedures of AMA Sections. AMA Bylaws contain provisions specific to the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws.

There are several options for printing the complete AMA Constitution and Bylaws:

  • AMA Constitution and Bylaws - includes actions from A-14 meeting. Please note these Bylaws reflect the new numbering presented to the House of Delegates at the 2014 Annual Meeting.
  • PolicyFinder - updated following each Annual and Interim meeting
  • AMA Proceedings of the House of Delegates - The proceedings are the official record of all actions taken by the House of Delegates and contain complete text of reports and resolutions which are the bases for AMA policy. Meeting proceedings are posted on the web site as they become available.

CC&B Council Members, 2014-2015
The following serve as members of the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws for 2014-2015.

CCB Rules
The Council transacts its business by Rules approved by the AMA Board of Trustees. Consistent with the Council's responsibilities as outlined in the AMA Bylaws to serve as advisory to the Board of Trustees in reviewing the rules, regulations and procedures of AMA Sections, the Board has interpreted CCB's responsibility to include the review of changes to rules of all AMA Councils. The Council has developed an Interactive Database of Council Rules and AMA Bylaws relevant to the AMA Councils to assist with its review.

Guidelines for Medical Society Bylaws
In 2014, the Council issued an updated and expanded version of its Guidelines to serve as a useful resource for all Federation entities, including constituent societies, component societies, national medical specialty societies and professional interest medical associations, when drafting its constitution and/or bylaws.

Internal Operating Procedures of the AMA Sections
The Council has compiled an Interactive Database of Section IOP Provisions, and Elements of an IOP.

Search AMA Bylaws and AMA policies on health care issues, the health care system, medical science, and the AMA's organizational structure and governance. For a print copy of the current AMA Constitution and Bylaws, e-mail Janice Robertson.

Contact us
Send your comments or questions to the Council on Constitution and Bylaws.