The National Medical Association (NMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and the leading force and the conscience of the medical profession in the ongoing fight for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in the nation’s healthcare delivery system. As the nation's only organization devoted to the needs of African-American physicians, health professionals and their patients, the NMA is steadfast in its commitment to eliminating health disparities and promoting healthy lifestyles among American Americans and other underserved populations.
Each year at the NMA Annual Convention, we encourage new candidates for available leadership positions in this organization to step forward and declare their willingness to serve. For some offices, such as that of the President-Elect, it is a year-long process toward fulfilling the candidacy requirement. For other available offices, candidates must complete their application no later than the June deadline established by the Nominating Committee to be eligible for an interview by the committee. Such eligible candidates become potential nominees in the slate of candidates presented to the HOD by the Nominating Committee at convention.
Addressing the House
All declared candidates for the office of President-Elect shall have an opportunity to address the House of Delegates. The Speaker shall determine the time and format for candidates for President-Elect to address the House. Other candidates may be asked by the Speaker to address the HOD at their discretion.
Voting shall be by secret ballot on electronic keypad or other official form distributed to verified delegate entities. A majority of the votes cast shall be necessary for election. In case no nominee receives a majority of the votes on the first ballot, the nominee receiving the lowest number of votes shall be dropped and a new ballot taken. This procedure shall be continued until one of the nominees receives the majority of the votes cast. When there is only one nominee for the office, a majority vote without ballot shall elect.