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Constitution and Bylaws of the AMA, Section 7.00

7.01 Mission of the Sections

7.011 Involvement.
To provide a direct means for membership segments represented in the Sections to participate in the activities, including policy-making, of the AMA.

7.012 Outreach.
To enhance AMA outreach, communication, and interchange with the membership segments represented in the Sections.

7.013 Communication. To maintain effective communications and working relationships between the AMA and organizational entities that are relevant to the activities of each Section.

7.014 Membership. To promote AMA membership growth.

7.015 Representation. To enhance the ability of membership segments represented in the Sections to provide their perspective to the AMA and the House of Delegates.

7.016 Education. To facilitate the development of information and educational activities on topics of interest to the membership segments represented in the Sections.

7.02 Informational Reports.

Each Section may submit at the Annual Meeting an informational report detailing the activities and programs of the Section during the previous year. Their reports shall be submitted to the House of Delegates through the Board of Trustees. The Board of Trustees may make such non-binding recommendations regarding the reports to the Sections as it deems appropriate, prior to transmitting the reports to the House of Delegates without delay or modification by the Board. The Board may also submit written recommendations regarding the reports to the House of Delegates.

7.03 Governing Council.

There shall be a Governing Council for each Section to direct the programs and the activities of the Section. The programs and activities shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees or the House of Delegates.

7.031 Qualifications. Members of each Section Governing Council must be members of the AMA and of the Section.

7.032 Voting. Members of each Section Governing Council shall be elected by the voting members of the Section present at the business meeting of the Section, unless otherwise provided in this Bylaw.

7.033 Additional Requirements. Each Section shall adopt rules governing the composition, election, term and tenure of its Governing Council.

7.04 Officers.

Each Section shall select a Chair and Vice Chair or Chair-Elect and other necessary and appropriate officers.

7.041 Qualifications. Officers of each Section must be members of the AMA and of the Section.

7.042 Voting. Officers of each Section shall be elected by the voting members of the Section, unless otherwise provided in this Bylaw.

7.043 Additional Requirements. Each Section shall adopt rules governing the titles, duties, election, term and tenure of its officers.

7.05 Delegate and Alternate Delegate.

Each Section shall elect a Delegate and Alternate Delegate to represent the Section in the House of Delegates.

7.06 Business Meeting.

There shall be a Business Meeting of members of each Section. The Business Meeting shall be held on a day prior to each Annual and Interim Meeting of the House of Delegates.

7.061 Purpose. The purposes of the Business Meeting shall be:

7.0611 to hear such reports as may be appropriate.

7.0612 To consider other business and vote upon such matters as may properly come before the meeting.

7.0613 To adopt resolutions for submission by the Section to the House of Delegates.

7.0614 To hold elections.

7.062 Meeting Procedure.

7.0621 The Business Meeting shall be open to all members of the AMA.

7.0622 Only duly selected representatives who are AMA members shall have the right to vote at the Business Meeting.

7.0623 The Business Meeting shall be conducted pursuant to rules of procedure adopted by the Governing Council. The rules of procedure may specify the rights and privileges of Section members, including any limitations on participation or vote.

7.07 Rules.

All rules, regulations and procedures adopted by each Section shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Trustees.

7.40 Organized Medical Staff Section.

7.41 Membership. Membership in the Section shall be limited to physicians, including residents and fellows, selected by physician members of the medical staffs of hospitals and other delivery systems. Selected physicians who are not AMA members may participate in the Section's Business Meeting as provisional members without the right to vote. Provisional members may attend a maximum of two Business Meetings.

7.42 Cessation of Eligibility. If any officer of Governing Council member ceases to meet the membership requirements of Bylaw 7.41 prior to the expiration of the term for which elected, the term of such officer or member shall terminate and the position shall be declared vacant.

7.43 Representatives to the Business Meeting. The physician members of the medical staff of each hospital and delivery system meeting the requirements established by the Governing Council may select one or more representatives to the Business Meeting. The representatives must be physician members of the medical staff or residents/fellows affiliated with the hospital or delivery system. Selected physicians who are not AMA members may participate in the Business Meeting as provisional representatives without the right to vote. Provisional representatives may attend a maximum of two Business Meetings. Selected representatives to the Business Meeting shall properly certified by the President or Secretary of the medical staff.

7.431 Members of the Governing Council who have completed their terms and the chairs of state association hospital medical staff sections or organized medical staff sections may be seated as ex officio representatives to the Business Meeting, provided they are AMA members and are properly certified by the President or Secretary of the state association. Ex officio representatives have the right to speak and debate in the meeting but do not have the right to introduce business, introduce an amendment, make a motion, or vote.

7.432 All past chairs of the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section may attend the Business Meeting as ex officio members. They shall have the right to speak and debate in the meeting, but do not have the right to introduce business, introduce an amendment, make a motion, or vote.