As May draws to a close we
want to wish everyone a Happy Memorial Day – enjoy your celebration and the
freedom of being vaccinated and mask-less in public places.
In four weeks time,
resolutions for the House of Delegates are due (June 25). Please submit resolutions as soon as possible, but not later than 5:00
PM on that Friday. Items received
after the deadline will be forwarded to the Rules and Credentials Committee for
consideration. The ONLY exception to
this deadline is for Memorial Resolutions which we accept at any time until the
House of Delegates meeting.
Information about the
requirements for resolutions – including proper formatting, required research, etc.
– is posted on the MSSNY HOD webpages.
Resolutions which do not meet those requirements will be returned for
further work. We remind you that
resolutions must be sent as WORD files – not pdf files – and each resolution
must be sent as its own separate document with a brief title/file name. DO NOT place multiple resolutions in a single
file and send it to the office – the file will be returned to you for
Receipt of resolutions will
be acknowledged by the MSSNY office.
Staff will review each resolution and if there are questions, the sender
will be contacted.
We cannot stress enough that
resolutions MUST be researched for existing policy both MSSNY and AMA. Any pertinent policy must be appended to the
resolution. If you find policy that is
relevant, consider whether you should submit the resolution – it very likely
will be recommended for reaffirmation and therefore, never be discussed in the
House of Delegates.
Once reviewed, the
resolutions will be forwarded to the Resolution Review Committee for its
assessment and evaluation as business of the House. This reinforces the need for your resolutions
to be properly constructed.
The next step in the process
will be to post resolutions to the MSSNY website, those the RRC recommends for
consideration and are to be assigned to a particular reference committee. Delegates will have the ability to comment on
each resolution on the website and are encouraged to do so.
Virtual reference committee
hearings will take place on Friday-August 6, Saturday- August 7 and
Sunday-August 8. The order of the ref
com hearings will be determined by the Speakers based on the quantity and
subject matter of business items. We
will announce that order well before the hearings and provide every
credentialed delegate with the start and end time for each hearing.
We are planning an event on Friday
afternoon in the City Center which will recognize those who have made
extraordinary contributions over the last 18 months. It will follow the continuing medical
education programs but precede the dinner which will take place that evening.
We recognize that there have
been issues with hotel rooms for this meeting – unfortunately, the concert
announced after MSSNY’s contract was signed with the Hilton exacerbated the
hotel situation. We acknowledge the
problems this has caused for many of you.
We remain enthusiastic about
this House of Delegates meeting and are working diligently to make it
productive and a roadmap for shorter meetings as mandated by the HOD – we are
already working on HOD 2022!
William R. Latreille, MD Maria
A. Basile, MD