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ACP gains two additional seats in AMA's House of Delegates

From the March 1997 ACP Observer, copyright © 1997 by the American College of Physicians.

The College gained two additional voting seats in the AMA's House of Delegates, according to results of member balloting announced last month. ACP will now have three votes, plus three alternate delegates.

The balloting occurred as part of the AMA's effort to increase the representation of specialty societies in its House of Delegates. The House had been criticized for not being representative of its members since each specialty society, regardless of its size, had only one vote. AMA members who also belong to specialty societies like ACP were sent ballots last fall asking them to select one specialty society to represent them in the House.

ACP was one of only 19 specialty societies to gain any seats from the voting. The other 74 specialty societies represented in the House posted no gains from the balloting and still have one delegate.

ACP's delegates are James L. Borland, FACP, Mary T. Herald, FACP, and Rowen K. Zetterman, FACP.

In addition to gains by ACP, the American Society of Internal Medicine (ASIM) also picked up one additional seat, giving it a total of two votes.

"We are pleased that we were supported by our members, and that internal medicine now has five votes in total, in addition to the support we frequently receive from subspecialty societies," said ACP Executive Vice President Walter J. McDonald, FACP. "This is a first step in making the AMA more representative of physicians. If ACP, ASIM and the subspecialty societies can pull together, the voice of internal medicine can be stronger in the AMA than in the past."

The American Academy of Family Physicians was the biggest single winner in the balloting and picked up four additional delegates, giving it a total of five votes. Other specialty societies that increased their votes to three include the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American College of Radiology.

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