In light of concerns regarding the ongoing impact of COVID-19 on physicians and their patients, the Pennsylvania Medical Society’s Board of Trustees made the difficult decision to cancel the face-to-face meeting of the 2020 House of Delegates which was to take place this October in Hershey. Plans for alternative meeting formats are currently under development.

Additional information, including focused agenda topics, will be provided as it becomes available.



What is the House of Delegates?

  • Serving as a delegate at the House of Delegates (HOD) helps the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PAMED) develop meaningful policy that benefits Pennsylvania physicians and patients.

    PAMED-House-of-DelegatesThe HOD is held every October and involves several hundred PAMED members from every county in the state.
  • Each year, delegates and alternate delegates are selected by their county medical societies and medical specialty societies. Delegates also include sections that represent early career physicians, medical students, residents/fellows, and international medical graduates.

  • Before arriving at the HOD, delegates typically meet to discuss their recommendations for action that have been submitted for the meeting.

  • During the HOD, delegates will attend reference committee meetings on Saturday to testify for or against an idea (aka resolutions) or to simply learn more about its roots and the reasoning. On Sunday, they gather as a body to vote the resolutions up or down.

  • While only delegates can actually vote on resolutions, all PAMED members are invited to sit in on the reference committee discussions and engage in the decision-making process.

When You Arrive in Hershey 

  • If you are staying at the Hershey Lodge, go to the hotel lobby to check in.
  • Next, go to the Chocolate Lobby and find the PAMED Registration Desk. There, you'll receive your badge and other important materials.

What Are Delegates Required to Attend?

  • Saturday and Sunday caucus meetings
  • Saturday and Sunday HOD sessions

Though you are not required to attend reference committee meetings on Saturday, it is strongly recommended.

Registration will be available in August.


PAMED introduced a new e-voting system in 2017.

Saturday, Oct. 26 - Delegates will vote for PAMED and AMA leadership positions. 

Sunday, Oct. 27 - Delegates will vote on resolutions.


What Can Non-Delegates Attend?

Non-delegates are not typically allowed to participate in caucus meetings but are encouraged to attend Saturday afternoon reference committee meetings.