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National Medical Association Councils and Committees
The following classes of Committees are hereby provided:
The Members of the Councils shall be named by the President, subject to the approval of the House of Delegates. The Reference Committees shall be appointed by the Speaker as provided in the By-laws. The Special Committees shall be appointed by the Speaker, unless otherwise ordered by the House.
II. MEMBERS OF COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Any Active Member of the Association is eligible to serve on a Council or a Special Committee. Membership on Reference Committees is restricted to Delegates. Membership on the Judicial Council is restricted to Active Members who hold no other office in the organization, at any level, and who are not Members of the House of Delegates. In case of vacancies occurring during the interval between Annual Conventions, the Officers or body which made the original nomination shall appoint an eligible Member to fill the vacancy until the next Convention. Membership on Councils and Committees for any individual Member or Delegate should not exceed two (2) appointments except for appointments to an Ad Hoc Committee or a Task Force.
III. RELATIONSHIP OF BOARD OF TRUSTEES TO COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES
Constitutionally (and by By-laws) those Councils and Committees that function during the interval between Conventions shall report to the Board of Trustees at its interval meetings if there is need for implementation of its findings as stipulated
The following are the Standing Committees or Councils of the Association and their duties:
A. The Judicial Council: The judicial power of the Association shall be vested in the Judicial Council, whose decisions shall be final, either ab initio or upon reconsideration of a decision based on an appeal for cause. An appeal for reconsideration may be filed with the Council by the aggrieved, by a Member of the Council, or by majority vote of the Board of Trustees. The Members of the Judicial Council shall be present for all sessions of the House of Delegates and sit in an identified section within the House. The Judicial Council shall have original jurisdiction in:
The period of time within appeals to the Judicial Council may be taken shall be limited to six (6) months following the date of decision by the constituted authority of the State Society or the date of decision by the Judicial Council.
B. The Council on Educational Affairs
The functions of the Council on Educational Affairs shall be:
C. Past Presidents Council: The Council is composed of the Past Presidents of the National Medical Association. The function is to provide the organization with the historic expertise resulting from the knowledge and wisdom of the Past Presidents of the National Medical Association. The Council is to convene annually at the Convention and to present resolutions on the state of the organization and matters pertaining to public health and medical care to the House of Delegates. The functions of the Past Presidents Council shall also include the procedures involved in the selection of the Distinguished Service Award and Achievement Award; and the procedures involved in the selection of the Practitioner of the Year Award and Local Society of the Year Awards.
D. The Council on Medical Legislation: The functions of this Council shall be:
E. The Council on Concerns of Women Physicians: The functions of the Council will be as follows:
F. Council on Maternal and Child Health: The functions of the Council shall be:
G. Council on Clinical Practice: The functions of the Council shall be:
H. Council on International Affairs: The functions of the Council shall be:
The following are the Reference Committees of the Association and their duties:
A. The Committee on Credentials and Rules and Order of Business, to which shall be referred all questions regarding the registration and the credentials of Delegates and all matters governing the actions, methods or procedure and order of business of the House of Delegates.
B. The Committee on Amendments to the Constitution and By-laws, to which shall be referred all proposed amendments to the Constitution and By-laws. The committee will review all House of Delegates actions taken at the most recent meeting for corrections and clarifications of the Constitution and By-laws. The members of the Judicial Council shall be ex-officio members of this Committee.
C. The Committee on Administrative and Financial Affairs which gives policy and guidance to the House of Delegates on administrative and financial affairs; and assures that resources are available by coordination with the Finance and Resource Development Committee of the Board of Trustees for programs and functions approved by the House of Delegates.
D. The Committee on Medical Economics to which will be referred all matters pertaining to the economics of the health care delivery system such as Medicare, Medicaid, managed health care, third party payors, etc.
E. The Committee on Medical Education to which will be referred all matters pertaining to the education of physicians and allied health providers.
F. A Committee on Public Health and Consumer Affairs, to which shall be referred all matters relating to hygiene and public health.