The Ohio State Medical Association (OSMA) is an individual membership organization that relies on volunteer physician leaders to guide the organization through policy-making processes and governance activities. Governance is undertaken in the federation of organized medicine at each the local, state and national levels.
The OSMA House of Delegates is the legislative body for governance of the association. The House of Delegates is responsible for deliberating issues presented in the form of resolutions and determining if organizational policy should be established for particular issues. The body also elects the leaders of the organization.
The body is composed of the OSMA Council and officers and elected delegates that represent chartered county medical societies, medical specialty societies, medical students and medical residents and fellows. The House of Delegates meets once annually during the OSMA Annual Meeting.
The OSMA Council participates in determining policy, responding to developing situations, and receiving and acting upon reports from committees and task forces. Council has full authority to act and speak for the membership when the House of Delegates is not in session.
The OSMA Constitution and Bylaws provide the guiding principles for governance of the Ohio State Medical Association and its relationship in the federation of county medical societies and the American Medical Association. The documents provide the statement of purpose, the process for elections and representation as well as the process for the development of guiding policy for the organization and its members.