Bylaws

MARYLANDACADEMYOF FAMILY PHYSICIANS

BYLAWS

 

CHAPTER I – NAME

The name of this organization shall be the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

 

CHAPTER II – AFFILIATION

            This organization is a constituent chapter (Maryland Chapter) of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians (AAFP), a corporation, and is possessed only of those rights and powers conferred by said corporation of this organization.  No rules, regulations, or policies adopted by this organization shall be in conflict with the rules, regulations or policies of the AAFP or with the charter issued by the AAFP to this organization.

 

CHAPTER III – ORGANIZATION

Section 1.  Objectives and Purposes.  To the end that the people ofAmerica may receive excellence in health care, the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians (MAFP) has for its objectives and purpose the following:

A. To promote and maintain high standards of the family practice of medicine and surgery.

B. To encourage and assist young men and women in preparing, qualifying and establishing themselves in family practice.

C. To preserve the right of family physicians to engage in medical and surgical procedures for which they are qualified by training and experience.

D. To provide or assist in the provision of continuing medical education for family physicians and general practitioners, and to encourage and assist practicing physicians and surgeons in participating in such training.

E. To promote the science and art of medicine and surgery and the betterment of the public health, and to preserve the right of free choice of physician to the patient.

F. To acknowledge and assume responsible public advocacy in all health related matters.

Section 2.  Powers.  To accomplish the forgoing aims, ideals and objectives, this organization under the Bylaws of the American Academy of Family Physicians, shall have the power to acquire, own, and convey real and personal property to carry on research; to issue publications; to establish, conduct and maintain courses, museums, libraries, and other institutions for graduate study and continuing medical education in medicine and surgery; and to use any and all means for the attainment of its objectives which, from time to time, may seem desirable.

Section 3.  Non-Profit Status.  This organization shall have no capital stock.  It is not conducted for pecuniary profit and does not contemplate pecuniary gain or profit to the members.

 

CHAPTER IV – MEMBERSHIP

Section 1.  Qualifications.  The qualification and conditions of membership and classes of membership shall be the same as now or hereafter provided in the Bylaws of the American Academy of Family Physicians, except that a minimum of six Prescribed hours of continuing medical education from the offerings of this chapter must be included in the 150 hours of continuing medical education required for reelection to Active and Supporting membership.

Section 2.  Dues.  Members shall be required to pay dues and/or assessments to this organization in an amount and manner as provided by the Bylaws.

Section 3.  Joint Membership.  All members of this organization whose dues and assessments are paid shall be members of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians.

 

CHAPTER V – MEETINGS

There shall be an annual meeting of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and of the Scientific Assembly together with such meetings of the Board of Directors (Board), Executive Committee, and other committees as may be fixed by the Board.  The time and place of the annual meetings shall be designated by the Board and announced at least sixty (60) days before the date so fixed.  Special meetings may be called as provided in the Bylaws.

 

CHAPTER VI – THE ASSEMBLY

Section 1.  Sessions.  The assembly of the annual meetings shall consist of such members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians in good standing as shall register at such annual meetings.  Sessions of the assembly shall be held at such time during the week of the annual meetings as the Board of Directors shall determine and announce on at least thirty (30) days notice by mail or by official publications.  The President of the MAFP shall act as presiding officer of the assembly, and the Secretary of the MAFP shall be the Secretary of the assembly.

Section 2.  Quorum.  Twenty-one (21) members of the MAFP present at any meeting of the assembly shall constitute a quorum.

Section 3.  Resolutions.  Any member of the MAFP may present in writing any resolutions pertinent to the objectives of this organization.  Resolutions so offered shall be referred to the Board of Directors.   The Board may, according to its rules, approve, disapprove or modify such resolution.  MAFP members will receive notification of and invitation to Board meetings where resolutions are to be considered.  Such Board meetings will constitute special meetings of the membership as provided in the Bylaws.

 

CHAPTER VII – BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Subject to action of the members in annual meeting assembled or by referendum, the control of this organization shall be vested in the elected officers, as defined in Chapter VIII of the Bylaws, who will compose the Board of Directors of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

 

CHAPTER VIII – OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

The officers of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians shall be a President, President Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, four (4) Vice Presidents (one from each geographical district as defined in the Bylaws), four (4) Directors (one from each geographical district as defined in the Bylaws), four (4) at-large Directors, two (2) Delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians, two (2) Alternate Delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Immediate Past President, one (1) Resident member, one (1) Student member, and the Executive Director.  The powers, duties, terms of office, and method of election of the officers shall be as set forth in the Bylaws.

 

CHAPTER IX – COMPONENT SOCIETIES

Component societies of this organization may be formed in counties or regions of this state or areas contiguous thereto.  The Bylaws, rules and regulations of such component societies shall be subject to the approval of the Board of Directors of this organization and shall be consistent with the Bylaws of this organization and the Bylaws of theAmericanAcademyof Family Physicians.  Members in counties or regions contiguous to this state may be enrolled in the component organization and the MAFP when such entity is approved by theAmericanAcademyof Family Physicians.

CHAPTER X – AMENDMENTS

Any five (5) or more members may propose amendments to the Bylaws of this organization.  These proposed amendments must be submitted to the Secretary in writing at least sixty (60) days prior to a regular meeting or at a special meeting called for the purpose of their consideration.  Notice of such proposed amendments shall be given by the Secretary to all MAFP members at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting at which the amendment(s) shall be considered.  An affirmative vote of at least two-thirds of the members present and voting shall constitute adoption.  Amendments shall take effect immediately upon adoption unless otherwise specified.

 

CHAPTER XI – CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP AND ELECTION

Section 1.  Qualifications.  The qualifications and conditions of membership and the classes of membership shall be the same as now or hereafter provided in the Bylaws of the American Academy of Family Physicians, except that a minimum of six Prescribed hours of continuing medical education from the offerings of this chapter must be included in the 150 hours of continuing medical education required for reelection to Active and Supporting membership.

Section 2.  Rights and Privileges.  The privilege of the floor at the annual meeting and the right to vote and hold office of each class of members shall be the same as provided that class of members in the Bylaws of the American Academy of Family Physicians, except for the Supporting class of members “actively engaged in family practice, the teaching of family practice or medical administration for the previous six (6) years, but who do not qualify for Active membership because they have not completed the necessary residency training and who have not been Active members prior to January 1, 1989.” These members may hold office up to the position of Director, may serve on Commissions and Committees and may vote in state I felt that this adjective might clarify the phrase “state affairs”  January 1, 1998chapter affairs.  The method of election shall be as provided in these Bylaws.

Section 3.  Terminating Membership.  All right, title and interest, both legal and equitable, of a member in and to the property of this organization shall cease and determine in the event of any Editorial changes only in these few lines January 1, 1998 of the following: (a) the expulsion of such member; (b) the striking of the member’s name from the roll of members; and/or (c) the members death or resignation.

Section 4Loss of Eligibility.  Any member who changes occupation or status in such a manner as to render the individual ineligible to membership in the MAFP may, unless the member resigns, be stricken from the roll of members by action of the Board of Directors.  Any member whose license has been revoked or has had final action taken resulting in the suspension of license to practice medicine in the State of Maryland shall be ineligible for continued membership, and that member’s name shall be removed from the membership rolls.  Should said individual regain a license to practice medicine in the State ofMaryland, an application for new membership may then be submitted.

Section 5.  Agreement.  Acceptance of membership in this organization shall constitute an agreement by such members to comply with the Bylaws of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and the Bylaws of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians.  Subject to the right of appeal to the AAFP in a manner provided in these Bylaws, a member accepting membership in the MAFP recognizes the Board of Directors of this organization as the sole and only judge of the individual’s right to be or remain a member.

Section 6.  Application.  All applications for membership shall be in writing on a form of application prescribed by the American Academy of Family Physicians.  Election to membership shall be by a majority of the Board of Directors.  There shall be issued to each member a certificate of membership in such form as may be determined by the AAFP Board of Directors, title to such certificate remaining at all times with theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians.

 

CHAPTER XII – FELLOWSHIP

Any Active, Inactive or Life member in good standing may, upon application to theAmericanAcademyof Family Physicians, be elected to receive the degree of Fellow upon fulfilling the requirements set forth in the Bylaws of theAmericanAcademyof Family Physicians.

 

CHAPTER XIII – DUES, ASSESSMENTS AND ADMISSION FEES

Section 1.  Active Members.  Dues for Active members of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians shall be determined in accordance with the Bylaws of the AAFP.  Dues for active members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors with the approval of the membership at their next annual meeting.

Section 2.  Other Membership Categories.  Dues for other than Active members of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians shall be established by the Bylaws of the AAFP.  Dues for other than active members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians shall be fixed from time to time by the Board of Directors of this organization.

Section 3Special Assessments.  Special assessments by the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians may be applied equally to all members or only to those within one or more categories of membership.  This shall be done by affirmative action of two-thirds of the members of the Board of Directors provided, however, that no assessment shall be in excess of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) annually.  Similarly, theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians, under its Bylaws, may levy special assessments.

Section 4.  Unpaid Dues.   Member dues must be paid in accordance with AAFP policy.

 

CHAPTER XIV – ETHICS

Section 1.  Standards of Ethics.  The Principles of Medical Ethics of the American Medical Association, as they now or hereafter may provide, shall be the principles of ethics of this organization and shall be and hereby are made a part of these Bylaws.

Section 2.  Breach of Ethical Conduct.  If any member is believed to have violated the Principles of Medical Ethics or the Bylaws of this organization or of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians, or to be otherwise guilty of conduct justifying censure, suspension or expulsion from this organization, any member may prefer charges against the individual in the form and manner hereinafter specified.  Such charges must be in writing and signed by the accuser or accusers and must state the acts or conduct complained of with reasonable particularity.

Such charges must be filed with the Secretary of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and at the first meeting of the Board of Directors held after the filing of said charges, the Secretary must present said charges to the Board.  The Board shall then or at any adjournment of said meeting, but not more than thirty (30) days thereafter, consider the charges and their gravity and shall either dismiss them, refer them to the proper authority, or shall proceed as hereinafter set forth.

If after suitable preliminary study, the board decides to dismiss the charges, the complainant(s) shall be notified of this decision and the reason(s) for this action.  However, if the Board fails to dismiss said charges, it ,shall within fifteen (15) days thereafter cause a copy of the charge to be served upon the accused by depositing in the United States mail a copy thereof certified, return receipt, addressed to the last known address of the accused.  The Board shall also at the same meeting fix a time and place for hearing said charges, and the accused shall be notified of the time and place at the same time and in the same manner as provided for the serving of the charges.  The time set for said hearing shall be not less than fifteen (15) days nor more than six (6) months after serving of charges.

The accused may answer in writing but need not do so, and failure to answer shall not be an admission of truth of the charges or a waiver of the accused’s rights to a hearing.

The Board of Directors shall, after having given to the accuser and the accused every opportunity to be heard, including oral arguments and the filing and consideration of any written briefs, conclude the hearing and within thirty (30) days thereafter shall render a decision.  The vote of majority of the members of the Board present and voting shall constitute the verdict of the said Board, which by such vote may exonerate, censure, suspend, or expel the accused member.  The decision of the Board shall be expressed in a resolution which shall contain no opinion and shall be signed only by the President and the Secretary.  No member of the Board not present for the entire time of the hearing shall be entitled to vote.

Censure shall mean a reprimand by the President administered to the accused in the presence of the said Board.  No member shall be suspended for more than one year and, at the expiration of the period of suspension, shall be reinstated to membership by application and payment of dues accrued during period of suspension.  The decision of the Board of Directors shall be final except as provided hereinafter.

Section 3.  Appeal.  Any member who has been censured, suspended, or expelled may appeal such action to theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians pursuant to the Bylaws of said corporation.

 

CHAPTER XV – MEETINGS

Section 1.  Meeting Notice.  Notice of general or special meeting shall be given by the Secretary to all Members at least thirty (30) days prior to the date of such meeting, either by letter mailed to the member’s address as it appears in the Secretary’s records or by publication in the official publication, if any, of this organization.

Section 2.  Special Meetings.  Special meetings may be called by the Board of Directors, by the President, or by the Secretary upon the written request of any ten (10) or more members, at a place and time determined by the Board.

Section 3.  Quorum.  Twenty-one (21) members shall constitute a quorum at any regular or special meeting.

 

CHAPTER XVI – ELECTION OF OFFICERS

Section 1.  Nomination Procedure.  At least ninety (90) days prior to the annual meeting, the President shall appoint a Nomination Committee consisting of the Immediate Past President who shall act as committee chair, the President, the President-Elect, one Vice President, one Commission or Committee Chair, the Resident Director and a Member at Large.  The committee’s duty shall be to present nominations for the following offices:

A. For a term of one year:

four (4) Directors (one from each of the geographical districts as defined in Section 4)

four (4) At-Large Directors

B. For a term of two years:

a President-Elect

a Secretary (in even-numbered years)

a Treasurer (in odd-numbered years)

a Delegate to the AAFP

an Alternate Adds the word which was missing  January 1, 1998Delegate to the AAFP

two Vice-Presidents (one each from the Central and Southern Districts in even numbered years and one each from the Eastern and Western Districts in odd numbered years).

Nothing in these Bylaws shall prevent a nomination from the floor at an Annual Meeting.

Section 2.  Resident and Student Representatives.

A. A resident representative to the Board of Directors shall be elected by the Maryland Conference of Family Practice Residents.  Clarifies and explains how these selections/nomination should be/are made  January 1, 1998However, in the event that the Maryland Conference of Family Practice Residents is inactive or fails to provide a representative, the President of the MAFP shall appoint the representative subject to approval at the annual meeting by a vote of members.

B. A nomination for a student representative to the Board of Directors shall be made either by recommendation of the student members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians or the President of the MAFP shall appoint the representative subject to approval at the annual meeting by a vote of members.

Section 3.  Election of Officers.  Election shall be by a majority vote of members present and voting at the Annual Meeting.

Section 4.  Geographical Districts.  Geographical districts in the State ofMaryland are:

A.        Central -BaltimoreCityandBaltimoreCounty

B.        Eastern – Cecil, Harford, and all counties east of theChesapeake Bay

C.        Southern – Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles,Prince George’s and St. Mary’s Counties

D.        Western – Allegheny, Carroll, Frederick, Garrett, Howard, Montgomery, andWashingtonCounties.

 

CHAPTER XVII – DUTIES AND TERMS OF OFFICERS

Section 1.  President.  The President shall preside at all meetings of the Board of Directors and of this organization and shall appoint all standing commissions and committees as well as special committees of the Board of Directors, unless provided for elsewhere in these Bylaws.  The President shall be an ex officio member of all committees and commissions.  The term of office shall be for two (2) years beginning at the conclusion of the second (2nd) annual meeting following that at which the election occurred as President Elect and shall expire at the conclusion of the annual meeting two (2) years later or upon resignation, inability to continue in office, or death, or when a successor is seated.

In the event of death or resignation of the President during the term of office or if there be any reason to be unable or unqualified to serve, the President Elect shall complete this unexpired term.  Following the completion of this term, the President shall succeed self and serve as President the term for which originally elected.

In the event that both the President and the President Elect (as successor to the President) are unable to complete the President’s term of office, the Board of Directors shall elect from among its members a successor who shall serve as President for the unexpired portion of said term.

Section 2.  President Elect.  The President Elect shall begin the term of office at the annual meeting at which the election to this office occurred.  The President Elect shall succeed to the office of President at the conclusion of the second (2nd) annual meeting following the annual meeting at which the election occurred.  The President Elect shall preside at meetings of this organization in the absence of the President and shall be an ex officio member of the Commission on Membership and Member Services, the Nomination Committee, the Committee on Scientific Program.  The President Elect may perform other duties as assigned.

Section 3.  Vice Presidents.  There shall be four (4) Vice Presidents, one (1) Vice President from each Geographical District as defined in these Bylaws.  Their terms of office shall be for two (2) years and shall begin at the Annual Meeting at which their election occurs and expire at the conclusion of the second ensuing annual meeting or when a successor has been seated.  In the event of death, resignation, or incapacity of a Vice President, the Board of Directors shall elect a successor from the Geographical District that Vice President represented, for the unexpired portion of the term, this being dependent upon the availability of a suitable candidate from that district.  The primary duties of the four (4) Vice Presidents is to serve as the head of one of the four (4) standing commissions of the MAFP (see Chapter XIX).  The President shall select which Vice President will oversee which commission.  In this capacity, each Vice President must be aware of the on-going activities of the committees under their purview.  This includes providing an update of these activities at meetings of the Board of Directors.

Section 4.  Treasurer.  The Treasurer’s term of office shall be for two (2) years.  It shall begin at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting at which the election occurs and expire at the conclusion of the second ensuing Annual Meeting or when a successor is seated.  The Treasurer shall cause to be kept adequate and proper accounts of the properties and funds of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

The Treasurer shall deposit or cause to be depositNote addition of “ed” ed all monies and other valuables in the name and to the credit of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians with such depositories as may be designated by the Board of Directors.  The Treasurer shall disburse the funds of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians as may be ordered by the Board, shall render to the Board at its request an account of all the transactions of the MAFP and of the, financial condition of this organization.  The Treasurer shall have other powers and perform such other duties as may be prescribed by the Board or in these Bylaws.  The Treasurer shall give security bond in an amount to be determined by the Board, the premium thereNote correction of misprint on to be paid by the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and shall be chairman of the Finance Committee.  Any of the duties of the Treasurer maCorrect typo & punctuation  January 1, 1998y, by action of the Board of Directors, may be assigned to the Executive Director.

Section 5.  Secretary.  The Secretary’s term of office shall be for two (2) years.  It shall begin at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians at which the election occurs and expire at the conclusion of the second ensuing Annual Meeting or when a successor is seated.  The Secretary shall perform the duties which the title of the office ordinarily connotes, give notice and keep a record of all meetings, enroll and maintain the records of all members, and be the custodian of all official documents of this organization.  Any of the duties of the Secretary made by action of the Board of Directors may be assigned to the Executive Director.

Section 6.  Directors.  The term of office of Director shall be for one (1) year and shall begin at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians at which the election occur and expire at the conclusion of the next Annual Meeting or when a successor is seated.  There shall be eight (8) Directors, one (1) from each Geographical District as defined in these Bylaws and four (4) at-Large Directors.  It shall be the duty of each Director to serve on at least one commission or committee of the MAFP.

Section 7.  Delegates and Alternate Delegates.  Delegates and their Alternates to the American Academy of Family Physicians shall be members of the Board of Directors.  There shall be two (2) Delegates and two (2) Alternate Delegates to the AAFP.   One (1) Delegate and (1) Alternate Delegate shall be elected each year.  The term of office shall be for two (2) years.  Delegates and Alternate DelegatesThis addition redefines the limited term of service and permits an exception   January 1, 1998 may be elected to a maximum of two (2) consecutive, two (2) year terms in each position, except that an individual who has been elected or appointed to complete the unexpired term of a Delegate or Alternate Delegate shall not have such service counted towards these four (4) year limitations per position.

Section 8.  Immediate Past President.  The Immediate Past President shall serve for a two (2) year term on the Board of Directors.

Section 9.  Resident Member.  One Resident member of the Board shall serve for a one (1) year term and shall represent the interest of all residents in Family Practice in the State ofMaryland.  The Board’s Resident Member shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors and of the Annual Meeting.  Resident Members may not hold office in the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians except as a member of its Board of Directors.  This individual shall be nominated and elected as defined in Chapter XVI of these Bylaws.  Resident members may be appointed to commissions and committees as may be determined by the President.

Section 10.  Student Member.  One Student Member of the Board shall serve a term for one (1) year and shall represent the interest of all medical students concerned in promoting and maintaining high standards of medicine and surgery of Family Practice.  The Board’s Student Member shall be a voting member of the Board of Directors.  Student members may not hold office in the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians except as a member of its Board of Directors.  This individual shall be nominated and elected as defined in Chapter XVI of these Bylaws.  Student members may be appointed to commissions and committees as may be determined by the President.

Section 11.   Executive Director.  The Board of Directors may appoint an Executive Director for a term and stipend to be fixed by the Board and who shall, under the direction of the Board of Directors, perform such duties as the title of the office ordinarily connotes, and such duties of the Treasurer and Secretary as may be assigned by the Board.  The Executive Director shall keep or cause to be kept an accurate record of the minutes and transactions of meetings of the Board of Directors, special meetings, commissions and committee meetings, and the Annual Meeting, and shall supervise all other employees and agents of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and have such other powers and duties as may be prescribed by the Board of Directors of these Bylaws.  The Executive Director shall not be entitled to vote and shall be bonded in an amount to be fixed by the Board, the premium thereon to be paid by the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians.

Section 12.  Removal from Office.  Any member of the Board of Directors may be removed from office for cause by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Board of Directors present and voting.  The Board shall make a determination regarding the suitability of any member with an encumbered license to hold office in the MAFP.  Any vacancy which shall occur as a result of removal from office shall be filled in the same manner as is otherwise provided for in these Bylaws.  No action may be taken to remove from office any person listed in the preceding paragraphs of this chapter,- except upon the written petition of five (5) voting members of the Board of Directors.  The petition shall be delivered to the Executive Director of the MAFP and shall state the cause(s) for which removal is sought.  Within five (5) days of receipt of such petition, the Executive Director shall cause a copy thereof to be sent by certified mail, return receipt, to each member of the Board.  The person whose removal is being sought may answer the petition in writing at any time prior to the meeting of the Board at which meeting the petition would be considered.  This petition need not be answered, and failure to do so shall not be an admission of truth of the charges or a waiver of the right to a hearing.  The petition shall be considered and a decision rendered at the first meeting of the Board of Directors which is held no less than fifteen (15) days after the date on which a copy of the petition was mailed to the officers and directors.  The person whose removal is sought shall be afforded every opportunity to be heard at the Board meeting at which the petition is considered and may be represented by counsel.

Section 13.  Termination of Office.  All officers at the termination of their term in office must turn over all records, monies, and official properties of this organization to the Board of Directors.

 

CHAPTER XVIII – THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Section 1.  Definition.  The Board of Directors of the Maryland Chapter of theAmericanAcademy of Family Physicians shall be the governing body of this organization.  The Board shall consist of the officers and members as set forth in Chapter VII and Chapter VIII of the Bylaws of the organization.  There may also be one-two (1-2) advisors selected by the President from among the membership.  The position of advisor is non-voting for members not currently serving on the Board of Directors.

Section 2.  Meetings.  Meetings of the Board of Directors shall be called by the President or by any member of the Executive Committee.

Section 3.  Quorum.  Fifty (50) percent of the membership of the Board of Directors shall constitute a quorum at meetings of the Board.

Section 4.  Absences and Vacancies.  Any member of the Board of Directors who absents self from two (2) consecutive meeting of the Board without a reasonable excuse acceptable to the Board of Directors shall be considered as having resigned from the Board.  The President may appoint an alternate to serve at a meeting of the Board of Directors.  Unless otherwise defined in these Bylaws, vacancies on the Board shall be filled by a majority vote of the remaining members of the Board for the unexpired term of any vacancies occurring.

Section 5.  Executive Committee.  There shall be an Executive Committee of five (5) members composed of the President, the Immediate Past President, the Secretary, the Treasurer, the President Elect. There may also be one-two (1-2) advisors as described elsewhere in these Bylaws.  The Executive Committee shall have authority to act for the Board during the interval between meetings of the Board.

 

CHAPTER XIX – STANDING COMMISSIONS

Section 1.  Purpose and Composition.  The various concerns of the academy are discussed and processed through a number of committees.  So as to better organize those committees with similar over-riding interests, and to streamline reporting to the Board of Directors, four commissions are established.  Each commission is headed by one of the four Vice Presidents and consists o the chairpersons of each of the committees that fall under the purview of that commission.  The President with the advice of the Board of Directors, shall appoint standing or special committees and determine which committees fall under each commission.

Section 2.  Commission on Membership and Member Services.  This commission is concerned with the various concerns of the membership in the organization.  Issues related to qualifications for membership and requirements for continued membership fall under its authority.  This commission also endeavors to enroll all qualified physicians, resident physicians, and medical students into the AAFP/MAFP.

Section 3Commission on Health Care Services and Public Health.  This commission is concerned with the scope of practice of family medicine.  This includes family practice representation on hospital staffs, managed care programs and other clinical entities.  The commission also deals with issues of how our academy interacts with other agencies that are concerned with the general health of the people ofMaryland.

Section 4.  Commission on Education.  This commission is concerned with education issues for all members.  It sponsors and approves for credit continuing medical education programs for the family physicians and deals with educational training issues of resident family physicians and medical students.  It is also responsible for encouraging medical graduates to enter the specialty of family practice.  Note corrected case In this regard, this commission interacts with the medical schools in the state.

Section 5Commission on Legislative and Economic Affairs.  This commission is concerned with the relationships our organization maintains with various governmental and medical organizations, agencies, and related entities.  It also deals with issues related to legislation that affects the specialty of family practice and health care in general.

 

CHAPTER XX – STANDING COMMITTEES

Section 1.  Committee Appointments.  The President shall appoint standing or special committees to assist in its work, including the standing committees hereinafter specified, with the advice and concurrence of the Board of Directors.  Resident and student members may be appointed for terms determined by the President.

Section 2.  Finance Committee.  The Finance Committee shall be composed of the Treasurer of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians and two (2) or more members appointed by the President.  The Treasurer shall be the chairman of this Committee.  Except in the case of death or resignations, no more than two (2) members of the Committee should be replaced in any one year.  This Committee shall supervise the keeping of this organizations accounts, submit an annual budget for the approval of the Board of Directors and arrange for a compilation of accounts annually, as well as more extensive financial audits as determined by the Board.  Accountants performing services for the organization shall be recommended by the Finance Committee and approved by the Board.

Section 3Bylaws Committee.  This Committee shall be composed of a chairman selected by the President and of at least two (2) members of the Maryland Academy of Family Physicians approved by the Board of Directors.  It shall be the duty of this Committee to: (1) Make a continuing study of the Bylaws of this organization, and of the Bylaws of the American Academy of Family Physicians; (2) Make recommendations for changes, deletions, modifications, and interpretations to these documents in order to maintain their integrity and consistency; and (3) Having given due consideration to all submitted proposals, assure compatibility of these documents with those of the AAFP.  At the Annual Meeting, after approval of the changes by the membership, the Board of Directors shall designate the manner in which to make the proper changes in the Bylaws in order to keep, these documents current, as well as who shall be responsible for carrying out this action.  Permanent copies should be current and up-to-date.  Old pages of the Bylaws should be deleted and new pages rewritten where changes have been made, as changes are approved.

Section 4.  Other Committees.  Other standing or special committees may be appointed by the President whenever the occasion demands.

 

CHAPTER XXI – MISCELLANEOUS

Section 1.  Inspection of Records.  The minutes of the proceedings of the Board of Directors, the membership books, and books of account shall be open to inspection upon the written demand of any member, at any reasonable time, for any purpose reasonably related to the member’s interest as a member and shall be produced at any time when requested by the demand of ten (10) percent of the members of any official meeting of this organization.  Such inspection may be made by agent or attorney and shall include the right to make extracts thereof at no cost to the MAFP Demand of inspection, other than at an official meeting of members, shall be in writing and be submitted to the President or Secretary of this organization.

Section 2Rules of Order.  In the absence of any provision of the Bylaws, all meetings of this organization, including the Board of Directors, shall be governed by the parliamentary rules of order and procedure contained in the current edition of Sturgis’ Standard Code of Parliamentary Procedure.

Section 3Chapter Records.  All Chapter records shall be kept in one central place designated by the Board of Directors.  These records shall contain the Chapter Charter and any other items the Board directs to be contained therein.  The Executive Director shall have complete charge and supervision of these records as prescribed by the Board of Directors.

 

CHAPTER XXII – TAKING EFFECT OF THE BYLAWS

These bylaws shall take effect immediately upon their adoption, June 22, 2012.

 

_________________                          ________________

Yvette Oquendo-Berruz, M.D.           Eva S. Hersh, M.D.

President                                             Secretary

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