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The Governing Council (GC) serves as the direct communication link between the AMA and Section members and has responsibility for the programs and activities of the Section. The GC has nine members: Chair, Chair-elect, Immediate past chair, Delegate, Alternate delegate, three Members-at-large, and Liaison to the AMA Council on Medical Education.

Each year, the APS Nominations Subcommittee reviews applications for open slots and makes recommendations to the APS Governing Council. If the proposed slate is approved by the Governing Council, it is then brought before the APS Business Meeting for a vote. Further nominations may be made from the floor of the Business Meeting. The members elected assume office at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting at which the election was held and serve until the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the year in which their term ends.

Governing Council positions and duties

Note: Candidates for the AMA-APS GC must be active AMA members. Join the AMA or renew your membership now.

  • Direct AMA-APS programs and activities, contribute to the Section's strategic planning
  • Participate in monthly GC conference calls and meet face-to-face three times per year (at the June AMA Annual Meeting and November AMA Interim Meeting, and at the November Annual Meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges).
  • Appoint and serve on ad hoc committees
  • Contribute to GC and Section communications
  • Engage in AMA membership recruitment and retention activities


  • Serve for one year and then serve as immediate past chair for one year.
  • Preside at all GC meetings/conference calls and APS business meetings, and otherwise represent the APS when appropriate.


  • Serve a one-year term, followed by one-year term as chair and one-year term as immediate past chair.
  • Preside at GC meetings/conference calls and APS Business Meetings in the absence of or at the request of the Chair.
  • Assist the Chair in the performance of his or her duties.

Immediate Past Chair

  • Serve for one year.
  • Preside at GC meetings/conference calls and APS business meetings in the absence of the Chair and Chair-elect.
  • Preside at meetings/conference calls of the APS Nominating Subcommittee.

Delegate and Alternate Delegate

  • Elected in even-numbered years for up to three two-year terms.
  • Represent the APS in the AMA House of Delegates as well as special HOD task force meetings.


  • Elected annually for up to three terms.
  • Perform such functions as determined by the Governing Council, and assist the other officers in the performance of their duties.

APS Liaison to the AMA Council on Medical Education

  • Elected every three years for one term.
  • Represent the APS at all AMA Council on Medical Education meetings.