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.
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.