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AOA Communication  |   June 2008
Proposed Amendments to the AOA Bylaws
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AOA Communication   |   June 2008
Proposed Amendments to the AOA Bylaws
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2008, Vol. 108, 278-280. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2008.108.6.278
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, June 2008, Vol. 108, 278-280. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2008.108.6.278
The following are proposed amendments to the bylaws of the American Osteopathic Asssociation (AOA). Consistent with the requirements for amending this document, this proposal has been submitted to the AOA executive director, who has arranged for its publication in JAOA—The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association before the next annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates, which occurs Friday, July 18, 2008, through Sunday, July 20, 2008, at The Fairmont Chicago in Chicago, Ill. 
These amendments will be considered by the House of Delegates at its July 2008 meeting. If the House of Delegates approves the amendments by a two-thirds vote, they will become effective at the July 2008 meeting. 
(Old material is crossed out and new material is capitalized.)  
New Class of Membership for ABMS-Certified Physicians
In 2006, the AOA's Bureau of Membership submitted a resolution to the Board of Trustees that called for the creation of a new class of membership for physicians certified by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). The Board of Trustees approved the resolution (Resolution 50 [M/2006]—New Category of Membership for DOs Certified by Member Boards of the American Board of Medical Specialties) and asked the Bureau of AOA Constitution and Bylaws to propose appropriate amendments to the AOA's basic documents, as indicated in the AOA bylaws below. 

BYLAWS

Article II—Membership

Section 1—Classification

The members of this Association shall be classified as follows:

 

  • a. Regular Members
  • b. Honorary Life Members
  • c. Life Members
  • d. Associate Members
  • e. Student Members
  • f. Honorary Members
  • g. International Physician Members
  • h. Allied Members
  • I. AFFILIATE MEMBERS

Section 2—Membership Requirements

I. AFFILIATE MEMBER

AN APPLICANT FOR AFFILIATE MEMBER STATUS IN THIS ASSOCIATION SHALL BE A GRADUATE OF A COLLEGE OF OSTEOPATHIC MEDICINE APPROVED BY THE AMERICAN OSTEOPATHIC ASSOCIATION WHO SHALL HAVE COMPLETED RESIDENCY TRAINING IN A PROGRAM APPROVED BY THE ACCREDITATION COUNCIL OF GRADUATE MEDICAL EDUCATION (ACGME) AND RECEIVED BOARD CERTIFICATION FROM A SPECIALTY BOARD AFFILIATED WITH THE AMERICAN BOARD OF MEDICAL SPECIALTIES (ABMS). THE APPLICANT MUST ALSO BE LICENSED TO PRACTICE AS AN OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIAN AND/OR SURGEON. AN APPLICANT WHOSE LICENSE TO PRACTICE IS REVOKED OR SUSPENDED, OR WHO IS CURRENTLY SERVING A SENTENCE FOR CONVICTION OF A FELONY OFFENSE, SHALL NOT BE CONSIDERED ELIGIBLE FOR MEMBERSHIP IN THIS ASSOCIATION.

APPLICATION SHALL BE MADE ON A PRESCRIBED FORM AND SHALL BE ACCOMPANIED BY PAYMENT OF THE APPROPRIATE DUES AMOUNT. UNLESS SPECIFICALLY NOTED, AN APPLICANT FOR AFFILIATE MEMBER STATUS WHOSE COMPLETED APPLICATION AND PAYMENT OF APPROPRIATE DUES HAS BEEN RECEIVED AND PROCESSED SHALL BE ENROLLED AS AN AFFILIATE MEMBER. AN APPLICANT WHOSE MEMBERSHIP IN THIS ASSOCIATION HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN WITHDRAWN FOR REASONS OTHER THAN FAILURE TO MEET CME REQUIREMENTS OR NON-PAYMENT OF DUES, OR WHO HAS PREVIOUSLY BEEN CONVICTED OF A FELONY OFFENSE OR WHOSE LICENSE TO PRACTICE HAS AT ANY TIME BEEN REVOKED, SHALL BE FURTHER REQUIRED TO OBTAIN THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE DIVISIONAL SOCIETY IN THE STATE, PROVINCE, OR FOREIGN COUNTRY IN WHICH THE APPLICANT RESIDES (OR THE ENDORSEMENT OF THE SECRETARY OF THE UNIFORMED SERVICES DIVISIONAL SOCIETY IN THE

 

CASE OF APPLICANTS CURRENTLY SERVING IN THE UNIFORMED SERVICES OF THE UNITED STATES), OR, LACKING THIS ENDORSEMENT, AN APPLICANT WHO IS IN GOOD STANDING IN HIS COMMUNITY SHALL PROVIDE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION FROM THREE MEMBERS OF THE ASSOCIATION AND PROVIDE A PERSONAL WRITTEN STATEMENT AS TO WHY MEMBERSHIP IN THE ASSOCIATION SHOULD BE EXTENDED OR RESTORED. SUCH INFORMATION AND APPLICATION SHALL BE CAREFULLY REVIEWED BY THE COMMITTEE ON MEMBERSHIP, WHICH SHALL MAKE AN APPROPRIATE RECOMMENDATION FOR REINSTATEMENT TO THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES.

AFFILIATE MEMBERS SHALL BE SUBJECT TO DISTINCT REQUIREMENTS FOR CME APPLICABLE TO AFFILIATE MEMBERS BUT SHALL NOT BE ELIGIBLE TO VOTE NOR SHALL THEY BE ELIGIBLE FOR POSITIONS ON COMMITTEES, BUREAUS, COUNCILS, TASK FORCES, OR COMMISSIONS.

Article III—Dues and Assessments

Section 1—Payment of Dues

The annual dues of regular members of the Association shall be payable in advance on or before 1 June, the beginning of the fiscal year.

A member whose dues shall remain unpaid for three months shall become suspended. He may be reinstated upon payment of dues and assessments provided such payments are received prior to the end of the current fiscal year, or, if later, by applying as a new member.

Section 2—Dues Rates

a. Members

The annual dues of all classes of members of the Association (except for allied members discussed in sections 2c, student members discussed in section 2d, below, AND INTERNATIONAL PHYSICIAN MEMBERS DISCUSSED IN SECTION 2E, BELOW) shall be determined by the House of Delegates and administered by the Board of Trustees.

e. International Physician Members

The annual dues rates for International Physician Members shall be determined and administered by the Board of Trustees.

Article V—House of Delegates

Section 1—Certification of Delegates and Alternates

A. Divisional Societies

The Executive Director Of This Association Shall Furnish To The Secretary Of Each Divisional Society, 75 Days Before The First Day Of The Annual Meeting Of The House Of Delegates, a statement of the number of regular members of this Association located in the area represented by that divisional society or, in the case of the uniformed services divisional society, the number of regular members of this Association currently serving in the uniformed services of the United States. ONLY REGULAR MEMBERS AND LIFE MEMBERS SHALL BE INCLUDED IN CALCULATING THE NUMBER OF DELEGATES FOR DIVISIONAL SOCIETIES.

Based on that statement, each divisional society shall select, in a manner prescribed by its Constitution and Bylaws, the number of delegates (and their alternates) to the House of Delegates of this Association to which it is entitled under the provisions of the Constitution of the American Osteopathic Association. Delegates and alternates must be regular or student members in good standing of this Association and of the divisional societies, which they represent. Delegates (and their alternates) shall serve during the annual meeting of the House of Delegates and during the interim between annual meetings or until their successors are elected. The secretary of each divisional society shall certify its delegates and alternates to the Executive Director of this Association in writing at least 30 days prior to the first day of the annual meeting of the House of Delegates.

In the event that any state, provincial or foreign osteopathic association does not become a chartered divisional society, the regular members of this Association in that jurisdiction, at a regularly called meeting, may elect or appoint one delegate (and alternate) as their representative in the House, and such delegate (and alternate) shall be accredited in the same manner and have the same privileges as those of a divisional society.

 
Representation of Physicians in Postdoctoral Training in the AOA House of Delegates
The Council of Interns and Residents approved a resolution calling for the AOA to change the method through which physicians in postdoctoral training are represented in the AOA House of Delegates. Under the current structure, the Council on Interns and Residents (formerly the Bureau of Interns and Residents) selects one intern delegate and one resident delegate as well as alternate delegates. The resolution, subsequently approved by the Board of Trustees (Resolution 35 [M/2008]—Revision to Qualifications for AOA House of Delegates Council of Interns and Residents Seats), requires the Council of Interns and Residents to select two delegates and two alternates, without a specific requirement for the delegate to be in the internship year or resident year. The Bureau of AOA Constitution and Bylaws was asked to propose appropriate amendments to the AOA's basic documents, as indicated in the AOA bylaws below. 

BYLAWS

Article V—House of Delegates

Section 11—Representation of Interns and Residents OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS IN POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING

The Osteopathic PHYSICIANS IN POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING interns and residents may be represented in the House of Delegates by TWO INDIVIDUALS WHO, AT THE TIME OF THE ANNUAL MEETING, SHALL BE ENROLLED IN POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING PROGRAMS AT THE INTERNSHIP, RESIDENCY, OR FELLOWSHIP LEVEL. one intern and one resident THE TWO INDIVIDUALS AND THEIR ALTERNATES SHALL BE selected by vote of the AOA's Bureau COUNCIL of Interns and Residents (or such intern's alternate and resident's alternate selected by the AOA's Bureau of Interns and Residents). THE DELEGATES (AND ALTERNATE DELEGATES) SELECTED BY THE COUNCIL OF INTERNS AND RESIDENTS SHALL SERVE AS THE REPRESENTATIVES OF OSTEOPATHIC PHYSICIANS IN POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING AND no intern/resident delegate or alternate shall NOT also be a memberS of a divisional society or specialty college delegation to the AOA's House of Delegates. The chair of the COUNCIL Bureau of Interns and Residents shall certify the name of its own intern delegateS and alternate and resident delegateS and alternate to the executive director of the AOA in writing or by electronic communication at least 30 days prior to the first day of the annual meeting of the AOA House of Delegates. Each delegate and alternate must be a member in good standing of this Association.