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.


Sunday Q&A

What is the schedule of events for Sunday?

Here is the DRAFT schedule. Delegates will be provided with a finalized schedule closer to the meeting date.

What is a caucus and why should I plan to attend my district or section’s caucus on Sunday morning?

A caucus is a group of people from the same district or special section. On Sunday morning, they get together to discuss the reports prepared by each reference committee the day before.

The caucuses include:
  • Philadelphia County (District 1)
  • Southeastern/Southcentral Counties (Districts 2 and 5): Includes Adams, Berks, Bucks, Chester, Cumberland, Dauphin, Delaware, Franklin, Fulton, Lancaster, Lebanon, Lehigh, Montgomery, Northampton, Perry, and York Counties
  • Rural Counties (Districts 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, and 12): Includes Armstrong, Beaver, Bedford, Blair, Bradford, Butler, Cambria, Cameron, Carbon, Centre, Clarion, Clearfield, Clinton, Columbia, Crawford, Elk, Erie, Fayette, Forest, Greene, Huntingdon, Indiana, Jefferson, Juniata, Lackawanna, Lawrence, Luzerne, Lycoming, McKean, Mercer, Mifflin, Monroe, Montour, Northumberland, Pike, Potter, Schuylkill, Snyder, Somerset, Sullivan, Susquehanna, Tioga, Union, Venango, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Westmoreland, and Wyoming Counties
  • Allegheny County (District 13)
  • Early Career Physicians
  • Medical Students/Residents and Fellows
  • Specialties
Attending your caucus meeting is a good way to make sure your voice is heard among your peers from the same region, career stage, etc. on issues important to you.

What happens during Sunday’s House of Delegates session?

On Sunday morning, each reference committee chair will stand before the House and give their report. The report contains the reference committee’s recommendations regarding each resolution. For extracted items, the House may hear debate on the reference committee reports, resulting in amendments to resolutions via addition, deletion, or substitution.

Why does it mean to extract something from the consent calendar? How do I do it?

If you don’t agree with a reference committee’s recommendations on a particular resolution and would like it to be discussed, you must extract it when the Speaker of the House calls for extractions. After something is extracted, once the resolution comes up for discussion, you can go to any microphone to suggest an amendment, unless it’s more than five words. If it’s more than five words, you’ll need to go to the PAMED Control Desk to submit your amendment. Items that are not extracted will automatically pass as recommended by the reference committee as part of the consent calendar.