HCMS Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates

Engaged in developing the policies and electing the leaders of organized medicine.

2021 TMA House of Delegates sessions to be held virtually April 29 and May 14-15.

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 TMA House of Delegates events and sessions will be held virtually (no in-person sessions).

The TMA Speakers' letter lists all the events involving the House, including the schedule for online testimony, TMA candidate elections, virtual reference committee hearings, the business sessions, etc. The TMA HOD page provides additional information.

HCMS candidates running for elected office are Dr. Keith Bourgeois, for re-election to the TMA Board of Trustees, and Dr. Lisa Ehrlich, for an open seat on the TMA Board of Trustees. Running for re-election to the AMA House of Delegates are Drs. Diana Fite, Elizabeth Torres, and Sherif Zaafran.

TMA House of Delegates Makes Policy

The Texas Medical Association (TMA) House of Delegates is the legislative and policy making body for the association. It is made up of over 400 elected members who serve as delegates, alternate delegates or ex officio members.

The TMA House is also responsible for electing the President-elect, members of the Board of Trustees, Speaker and Vice Speaker of the House, members of the Texas Delegation to the American Medical Association, and others.

The House meets annually Friday and Saturday mornings during TexMed, TMA’s educational showcase and expo, which is usually held in May and rotates among the large cities around the state. 

Several weeks prior to the annual session, TMA posts on the House of Delegates page the action reports and resolutions that will be considered during TexMed, as well as informational reports and the list of candidates running for TMA office.

For more information on what happens when the House meets, please see below. For even more details, refer to How the House of Delegates Functions and the House of Delegates Guide.

HCMS Delegation Information

Serving on the Harris (HCMS) Delegation to the TMA House of Delegates carries with it the responsibility of representing the physicians of Harris County and provides an opportunity to influence the policies of organized medicine.

Each year, our delegation holds two local evening business meetings prior to the TMA House annual sessions. All delegation members are expected to attend these meetings and encouraged to participate in the discussions.

We also hold a brief Orientation meeting just before our first business meeting, so our newer delegation members can learn more about their role and the workings of the delegation and House of Delegates.

Local Meetings - Resolutions, Review Teams, Action Items

Orientation and First Business meeting

On Monday evening, Feb 8, 2021, we held a brief virtual orientation meeting so our new delegation members could become more familiar with the processes. Our full delegation then met virtually to discuss the resolutions submitted by our local members.

The resolutions that were accepted by our delegation were submitted by staff to TMA and will be considered by the TMA House of Delegates. The 2020 resolutions that were tabled until this year also will be considered during the 2021 House sessions.

Review Teams and Business meetings

On Monday evening, April 5, 2021, our four local Review Teams met virtually to consider from the TMA Handbook the action reports (submitted by TMA boards, councils, committees) and resolutions (submitted by other counties, individuals, TMA sections). Each Review Team made a recommendation on each item from the team's assigned section whether our delegation should support, disapprove, or recommend amendment or referral.

On Monday evening, April 12, 2021, the Chairs of our four Review Teams presented (virtually) to our delegation their teams' recommendations. The delegation took into consideration the recommendations and decided how, as a delegation, it wished to respond to each item presented. Our delegation also briefly reviewed the list of candidates running for TMA elected offices.

Our four Review Teams correspond to TMA's four Reference Committees. They are:

Financial and Organizational Affairs - considers TMA finances, membership, representation, legal issues, and federation relationships.

Medical Education and Health Care Quality - considers undergraduate, graduate and continuing education; physician workforce; and quality programs.

Science and Public Health - considers core public health functions; environmental health; child and adolescent health; injury prevention; addictive and infectious diseases; regulatory issues; biomedical research; and preventive medicine.

Socioeconomics - considers health care payment plans; Medicare and Medicaid; reimbursement; and legislative and regulatory issues.

TMA House of Delegates Sessions and Schedule

The TMA Handbook items to be considered by the TMA House were posted on the TMA HOD page on March 25, and supplemental items were added on April 8, 2021.

All 2021 House of Delegates events will be held virtually (no in-person meetings). Please refer to the TMA Speaker's letter for the schedule of online testimony, elections, virtual reference committee hearings, business sessions, and other events.

Current TMA and AMA Policy


If you have questions or an interest in the Delegation, contact HCMS at 713-524-4267, Alison Rutland, ext. 219 or alison_rutland@hcms.org; or Doug Abel, ext. 328 or doug_abel@hcms.org.