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The Delegates

The AMA House of Delegates, also known as the “House” or the “HOD,” is the principal policy-making body of the AMA. This democratic forum represents the views and interests of a diverse group of member physicians who meet twice per year, (Meeting Information), to establish broad policy on health, medical, professional and governance matters, as well as the broad principles within which the AMA’s business activities are conducted.

The HOD includes well over 500 voting delegates (and a corresponding number of alternate delegates), all who are members of the AMA and who have been selected by the organization they represent, such as medical associations (state or territorial), national medical specialty organizations, professional interest medical associations, the five federal services, and several of the AMA’s member sections and groups. Some organizations are also allowed to officially observe the proceedings of the HOD, although they are not able to vote.