Print Page | Contact Us | Sign In | Register
News & Press: DCMS & Member News

Call for Volunteers: Serve as a Delegate to the Florida Medical Association

Tuesday, March 21, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: DCMS
Share |


Each year, the Duval County Medical Society sends members to the Florida Medical Association Annual Meeting to serve as delegates to the FMA House of Delegates. We need physicians who want to make a difference to volunteer for this important role!

To participate, you must be available to attend the FMA Annual Meeting from August 4-6, 2017. If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Marissa Saftner at More information on serving is below:

FMA Annual Meeting

The 2017 FMA Annual Meeting is scheduled for August 4-6, 2017 at Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando. Preparations are currently underway for the business of the House of Delegates and other aspects of the meeting. The following information and deadlines will assist you and your Delegates in planning for this event. Updates will be posted on the FMA Annual Meeting website at as they become available.

Hotel Information

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando is located at 6601 Adventure Way. The room rate for a standard/double room is $199 and reservations can be made by calling group reservations at 866-360-7395 or by clicking

The group cut-off date is July 3.

One night’s room deposit is required when making a reservation. Cancellation of guaranteed reservations must be received five (5) days prior to arrival to avoid one night’s room/taxes. Check in is at 4:00 pm and checkout is at 11am.

The Mariner’s Club at adjoining Royal Pacific offers supervised children’s activity center (4-14 years of age). Open 5 pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays. Call 407-503-3200 or click

The FMA House of Delegates (House) is comprised of delegates representing the following groups:

  • FMA officers
  • FMA Board of Governors (elected members only)
  • FMA component county and recognized specialty medical societies o Specialty Society Section
  • Young Physician Section
  • Medical Student Section
  • Resident & Fellow Section
  • Florida Medical Association Alliance

The business of the House is established by a blend of tradition and requirements of the Charter and Bylaws, and includes:

1. Setting policy for the FMA by acting on recommendations from the Board of Governors and resolutions presented by component county medical societies, recognized specialty medical societies, special sections and Delegates.

2. Hearing addresses and reports from the Treasurer, Speaker, and outgoing and incoming Presidents.

3. Presenting awards recognizing distinguished work by members of the FMA and others whom the FMA decides to honor.

4. Electing FMA officers, board members and AMA Delegates/Alternates. Additional presentations may be arranged by the Speaker or by request of a member of the House with unanimous consent of the House for discussion.

The first House is scheduled to meet on Saturday, August 5 from 8:00-9:30 am, followed by four Reference Committee hearings from 10:00 am–12:00 noon. The House will reconvene on Sunday, August 6 from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. For complete guide to the process by which the FMA House transacts business click here.

Delegates – County Medical Societies

Each component county medical society is entitled to representation in the House as follows: 3 of 4 One (1) voting delegate for every forty (40) active/current dues paying members of the FMA (or fraction thereof) as of December 31, 2016. No delegate may represent more than one organization. Please make every effort to select Delegates and Alternates who are able to attend the FMA Annual Meeting in its entirety. For a list of entitlements refer to the attached.


Business is introduced into the House through the presentation of resolutions by delegates on behalf of their county or specialty medical society, section or as an individual. Resolutions received by Friday, June 9, will be published in the FMA Delegate Handbook. Resolutions received after June 9 and prior to end of day June 23 will be published in the Handbook Addendum. For additional information on resolutions refer to the attached procedures and instructions. Prior to submitting resolutions, it is recommended that you review the current FMA Policy Compendium and the summary of actions from the 2016 House of Delegates. These items are available to FMA members only at

Late Resolutions

Resolutions received after June 23, 2017 and prior to 11:00 a.m., August 4, 2017 will be considered late and referred to the Credentials and Rules Committee for review. The Credentials and Rules Committee is responsible for determining whether the late-filed resolution should be considered as business of the House. Sponsors of late resolutions are required to attend the Credentials and Rules Committee on Friday, August 4 and formally request consideration by the House.