The SMCMA provides several opportunities to get involved and contribute to the life of our dynamic organization. Through volunteering for a committee, as a delegate to the governing body of the CMA, or in one of the SMCMA’s community service programs, you are promoting the cause of organized medicine. You will also connect with other leaders in San Mateo, policy-makers and representatives, and the leadership of the SMCMA and CMA. Below are ways in which you can volunteer with the SMCMA.
Board of Directors
The SMCMA Board of Directors sets the direction and priorities for the organization and provides a voice for the membership to the California Medical Association. Board members serve a two-year term and are made up of volunteer members from the SMCMA voted upon by the membership.
SMCMA committees work on specific issues or areas of focus for the organization and make recommendations to the Board of Directors of actions or programs the SMCMA should implement. The committees are an opportunity to affect organized medicine while building leadership skills that can be used at the Board, in your practice, and in the community.
The purpose of the Membership Committee is to promote membership in the SMCMA through creating, facilitating, and supporting recruitment and retention activities in collaboration with the SMCMA Customer Relationship Manager. The Membership Committee should also actively encourage member participation in SMCMA committees and activities, determine if member needs are being met, and recommend measures or services that will better meet the changing needs of the San Mateo County physician community.
The purpose of the Editorial Committee is to compose, curate, and publish information about the activities and accomplishments of the SMCMA and matters impacting members. In collaboration with the SMCMA Marketing & Communications Director, the Editorial Committee should provide general direction and guidance in the messaging and production of SMCMA content, including San Mateo County Physician magazine and other newsletters or communication vehicles utilized by the SMCMA.
The purpose of the Leadership Development Committee is to identify and develop leadership opportunities for member volunteers, to identify resources required for such initiatives, and to provide support in the development of new leaders of the SMCMA. The goal of the leadership Development Committee is to create a pool of engaged volunteers and to identify those whom have the potential to be developed into leaders.
The purpose of the Legislative Affairs Committee is to ensure there is adequate and appropriate monitoring, lobbying, and oversight on federal, state, and local legislation and issues that could affect the SMCMA and its members. The committee should research, develop, and implement plans to achieve SMCMA’s legislative goals, including items such as partnering with local legislators and affiliated organizations, protecting the practice of medicine, and advocating for patient and community health.
The Legislative Affairs Committee works in tandem with SMPAC to support local candidates who share the SMCMA’s perspective to ensure elected officials promote legislation and regulations supported by SMCMA.
Article II of the SMCMA Political Action Committee bylaws designates the purposes of the SMPAC are:
- To promote and strive for the improvement of government by encouraging and stimulating physicians and others to take a more active and effective part in governmental affairs.
- To assist physicians and others in organizing themselves for more effective political action in carrying out their civic responsibilities.
- To provide the opportunity for individuals to contribute to the support of worthy candidates for local and state office who believe and have demonstrated their beliefs in the principles to which the medical profession is dedicated.
- To make expenditures in connection with the selection, nomination or election of any individual for local or state office.
SMPAC works in tandem with the Legislative Affairs Committee to support local candidates who share the SMCMA’s perspective to ensure elected officials promote legislation and regulations supported by SMCMA.
The California Medical Association House of Delegates meets annually to establish broad policy on important issues affecting members, CMA, and the practice of medicine. As described in CMA’s bylaws, county medical societies are entitled to delegates determined by a proportionate representation formula based on the membership count each December 31st of the preceding year. Component medical societies are grouped into 11 geographic districts, and SMCMA is included within District VII along with Monterey, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties. Component societies may elect one alternate delegate for each delegate to which it is entitled. Alternate delegates may be seated and vote on the floor of the House as substitutes for regular delegates at the discretion of delegate chairs. For 2018, SMCMA is entitled to 12 delegates and 12 alternate delegates.
The purpose of the Program Development Committee is to provide guidance and oversight of SMCMA programs and events with the goal of providing comprehensive, innovative programs or education aimed at supporting member practices or improving public health in San Mateo County. The Program Development Committee should actively seek out partnerships with other local entities to increase awareness of the SMCMA and expand programmatic offerings.
The purpose of the Hospital Staff Liaison Committee is to enhance communication between the SMCMA and the medical community within San Mateo County. The Hospital Staff Liaison Committee provides a forum for consistent communication between hospitals and other entities, and should explore opportunities for cooperative efforts and to promote awareness of public health needs or SMCMA initiatives.
The San Mateo County Medical Association Community Service Foundation (SMCMA CSF) was founded in 2009 to give back to the community by providing health and educational outreach programs. The SMCMA CSF is affiliated with and administered by the SMCMA.
The mission of the SMCMA CSF is to improve quality of life through the promotion and development of programs that encourage healthier personal and professional lifestyles, promotion of volunteerism among medical and health professionals, collaboration with health-related organizations on community health issues, and educational programs to enhance the medical and health professions. Historically, the activities of the SMCMA CSF are divided into the following three categories: (1) San Mateo Hep B Free Program; (2) Community Health Collaboration and Betterment; and (3) Physician Educational Seminars and Programs.
CMA House of Delegates
The House of Delegates convenes annually to debate and act on resolutions and reports dealing with myriad medical practice, public health and CMA governance issues. Policies adopted by the House are implemented by the Board of Trustees, which also deals with the many interim policy issues that arise between annual sessions.
The House of Delegates consists of more than 400 delegates elected by members of component medical societies, specialty societies, CMA sections (Organized Medical Staff Section, Young Physicians Section, Ethnic Medical Organization Section, Medical Student Section, the Resident and Fellows Section) and CMA mode of practice forums. Submitting resolutions to the House of Delegates is the most direct way for members to influence CMA's advocacy agenda.
Community Service Programs
The SMCMA administers service programs in order to give back to the community by providing health/education outreach programs. The mission of these programs is to improve quality of life through the promotion and development of programs which encourage healthier personal and professional lifestyles, promotion of volunteerism among medical and health professionals, collaboration with health-related organizations on community health issues, and educational programs to enhance the medical and health professions.
Volunteer for a Committee
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