The Connecticut State Medical Society is a federation of eight component county medical associations, with total membership exceeding some 7,000 physicians. CSMS itself is a constituent state entity of the American Medical Association. Founded by physician-patriots of the American Revolution, the Society operates from a heritage of democratic principles embodied in its Charter and Bylaws.
The base of all authority in CSMS is, of course, the individual physician member. It is the decisions of members in their own county associations that ultimately determine the nature of the Society’s policies and activities. Members of each county association elect representatives, proportionate to their membership, to the House of Delegates, the supreme governing body of the Society. Since 2000, each CSMS specialty section also sends a delegate.
The House, meeting annually, elects the officers, including AMA delegates, and committees. It acts on resolutions originating in the county associations or from individual members, and acts on the budgets and other recommendations of the Council.
The Council exercises all the powers of the House between its meetings, and is made up of the general officers, and the councilors elected from the eight county associations. It elects its own Chair, and with the help of its subcommittees, prepares nominations, budgets, and other reports for the House.
The Committees of the Society include CSMS members from all regions of the state and from all specialties. Many are assisted by guests and consultants in allied fields. Matters of ongoing importance are the province of these committees, and special committees are appointed from time to time to deal with matters of urgent but temporary nature. A look at the list of CSMS Committees reveals the variety and depth of the issues under constant study by the Society. The committees forward their minutes and recommendations to the Council for action of recommendation to the House of Delegates.
The Sections of CSMS represent the various medical and surgical specialties, and are concerned with broad areas of scientific and professional interest. They have their own bylaws and elect their own officers. The Specialty Sections provide not only programs of educational interest, but also provide a needed link to CSMS leadership for specialists to receive the Society’s assistance in pursuing their own goals and interests in concert with the rest of organized medicine in our state.
The CSMS Bylaws permit full membership in the Society for medical students and postgraduate physicians at nominal dues. These members receive the publications of the Society, as well as a voice and a vote in the House of Delegates and various committees.