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Delegate Roles and Responsibilities

Delegates and Alternate Delegates should meet the following job description and roles and responsibilities:
Members of the AMA House of Delegates serve as an important communications, policy, and membership link between the AMA and grassroots physicians. The delegate/alternate delegate is a key source of information on activities, programs, and policies of the AMA. The delegate/alternate delegate is also a direct contact for the individual member to communicate with and contribute to the formulation of AMA policy positions, the identification of situations that might be addressed through policy implementation efforts, and the implementation of AMA policies. Delegates and alternate delegates to the AMA are expected to foster a positive and useful two-way relationship between grassroots physicians and the AMA leadership. To fulfill these roles, AMA delegates and alternate delegates are expected to make themselves readily accessible to individual members by providing the AMA with their addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses so that the AMA can make the information accessible to individual members through the AMA web site and through other communication mechanisms. The qualifications and responsibilities of this role are as follows:

A. Qualifications

  • AMA member.
  • Elected or selected by the principal governing body or the membership of the sponsoring organization.
  • The AMA encourages that at least one member of each delegation be involved in the governance of their sponsoring organization.

B. Responsibilities

  • Regularly communicate AMA policy, information, activities, and programs to constituents so he/she will be recognized as the representative of the AMA.
  • Relate constituent views and suggestions, particularly those related to implementation of AMA policy positions, to the appropriate AMA leadership, governing body, or executive staff.
  • Advocate constituent views within the House of Delegates or other governance unit, including the executive staff.
  • Attend and report highlights of House of Delegates meetings to constituents, for example, at hospital medical staff, county, state, and specialty society meetings.
  • Serve as an advocate for patients to improve the health of the public and the health care system.
  • Cultivate promising leaders for all levels of organized medicine and help them gain leadership positions.
  • Actively recruit new AMA members and help retain current members.
  • Participate in the AMA Membership Outreach Program.