[MMA News Now, Sept. 26, 2013]
After a lengthy and spirited debate, the MMA House of Delegates voted on Sept. 21 to suspend activity until 2016 so that the MMA can focus on developing additional ways to engage members.
Doug Wood, M.D., (left) and medical students
Rahul Suresh and Sagar Chawla listen during
the House of Delegates debate.
For the past four years, the MMA and its House have debated how the organization will govern itself. It will now take a break from the House format for the next two.
The resolution that passed came as a compromise after testimony was heard in a lengthy reference committee on Sept. 20 and then further debated on the House floor.
“In the end, we came to a decision as a team,” said MMA Board Chair Dave Thorson, M.D. “We worked as a group to reach a compromise that will help the association move forward.”
The Board of Trustees had recommended eliminating the House altogether. Going into the Annual Meeting, which was held at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest in Brooklyn Park, there was a strong contingent of long-time members who opposed this recommendation. After several hours of testimony on Day 1, a governance reference committee came back on Day 2 with a recommendation to suspend House activity until 2017 while the MMA tries new models to engage more members.
In 2016, when the House returns, it will meet solely to discuss whether the new governance structure is working and has been “successful in increasing member engagement in policy decision-making.”