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Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) Assembly Meeting Rules of Order

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Duties and Business Items

  • Pagers and cell phones must be set on silent mode or turned off.
  • The speaker presides over the business meeting or the chair will delegate that responsibility to another member of the governing council.
  • The business meeting shall include resident and fellow representatives from constituent associations, federal services, national medical specialty societies and professional interest medical associations represented in the House of Delegates.
  • Only delegates or their temporarily credentialed alternates can vote.
  • On the day of the opening of the assembly meeting, credentialing will take place, where voting members must officially identify themselves to the credentials committee as having been duly selected to represent their state, specialty society or branch of the armed services.
  • All items of business are considered on a consent calendar unless individual items are extracted at the start of the reference committee report.
  • The author of a resolution should specify if the issue is to be forwarded for consideration by the AMA House of Delegates. Otherwise, all resolutions will be considered as Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) business only.

Debate Process

  • A delegate or credentialed alternate who wishes to obtain the floor should approach the nearest microphone, wait to be recognized, address the chair and give his or her name and affiliation before speaking on the issue.
  • No one shall speak more than once on a single issue or separate motion until all who wish to speak have been heard, and no more than twice, without permission of the chair or upon approval by a majority of the assembly.
  • Debate on an issue must be completed before another issue can be introduced.
  • The debate shall be limited to 3 minutes per speaker. This limitation may be waived only by permission of the chair or a two-thirds vote of the assembly.
  • The overall debate on any single issue shall be limited to no more than 15 minutes, provided both sides have been represented on the debate, except by permission of the chair or a two-thirds vote of the assembly.
  • Any amendments more than 3 words long shall be presented to the secretary in writing on the forms provided, before they are placed on the floor.
  • Voting shall be by voice and/or a showing of hands. However, if the chair or a delegate calls for a division of the assembly, a counted vote shall be taken.

Effective April 1993
Revised January 2006

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