Constitution & Bylaws
CONSTITUTION AND BYLAWS OF THE
CATHOLIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION RESIDENT SECTION (CMA-RS)
Article 1 – NAME
This section of the Catholic Medical Association is known as the Catholic Medical Association ResidentSection (CMA-RS).
Article 2 – PURPOSE
The purpose of the Catholic Medical Association Resident Section (CMA-RS) shall be:
2.1 To provide support and assistance to Catholic resident physicians so that they can grow in their faith
and understanding of the principles of the Catholic faith in the course of their training, appropriate to
the level of their education;
2.2 To provide formal opportunities for education, service and worship in residency settings;
2.3 To collaborate and advance participation with local guilds of the Catholic Medical Association (CMA),
in upholding the principles of the Catholic faith in the science and practice of medicine.
Article 3 – OFFICE
The Catholic Medical Association Resident Section (CMA-RS) shall be headquartered at the national
office of the CMA.
Article 4 – MEMBERSHIP
Membership in the CMA-RS may be in the following categories:
4.1 Member – Those Catholic resident physicians who have earned the degree of M.D. or D.O., who are
enrolled in an accredited ACGME or AOA residency training, who have joined the CMA.
4.2 Dues – Dues for membership for the CMA-RS are to be determined by the CMA-RS board in
conjunction with the CMA board.
Article 5 – ORGANIZATION
Officers – The officers of the CMA-RS shall be the president, vice-president, secretary, communications
director, and technology officer. All officers shall be Catholic resident physicians who have earned the
degree of M.D. or D.O. who are enrolled in an accredited U.S. residency training program. The officers
will be selected by and ratified at the annual meeting of the CMA. All officers may be re-selected.
5.1 President – Shall preside over all meetings of the board and the annual meeting of the CMA-RS.
5.2 Vice-President – The vice-president shall, in the absence or disability of the president, or upon
delegation by the president, perform and exercise the powers of the president.
5.3 Secretary – The secretary shall attend all meetings of the board and the annual meeting. He/she
shall record all minutes and votes of all proceedings and disseminate minutes as directed by the board.
The secretary shall give or cause to be given notice of board meetings and other meetings as
determined by the president or the board.
5.4 Communications Director – The Communications Director shall oversee the CMA-RS email account,
responding to all inquiries about the Resident Section and promoting its growth.
5.5 Technology Officer – The technology officer shall coordinate the maintenance of the website and
other online communications.
Article 6 – BOARD
6.1 Members of the Board – Members of the board consist of the elected officers: president, vice-
president, secretary, communications director, technology officer and a national physician advisor, wh0
shall serve in a non-voting, advisory role. Other advisory members may be named from time to time.
6.2 Meetings – Regular and special meetings of the board may be held at such time, place, and manner
(conference call or other electronic means) as determined by the president and the CMA-RS board. The
annual meeting of the CMA-RS shall be conducted according to Robert’s Rules of Order
6.3 Quorum – The presence of a majority of the board constitutes a quorum for conducting official
business of the board.
Article 7 – COMMITTEES
7.1 Committees – The board of the CMA-RS may, by a majority vote, create one or more committees as
are deemed necessary.
7.2 Standing Committees – Standing committees consist of a chairman and committee members
appointed by the president. A standing committee will exist on a continuous basis as long as its services
are required, for example, nominating committee; membership committee.
7.3 Ad Hoc Committee – An ad hoc committee is created by the president for a defined purpose. Its
existence will be limited to accomplishment of its charge, for example, a program committee for one
Article 8 – CHAPTERS
There will be no local chapters of the Catholic Medical Association Resident Section. Members of the
CMA-RS are encouraged to join their local CMA guild. In the event that no guild exists in their region of
residency training, members are encouraged to form an official CMA guild, as per the bylaws of the
Article 9 – AMENDMENTS
The bylaws of the CMA-RS organization may be amended, repealed, or added to. New bylaws may be
adopted by a majority vote of the board of the CMA-RS present at any regular or special meeting duly
called for that purpose and by two-thirds majority vote of the voting membership present at any annual
meeting of the CMA-RS. All modifications of the bylaws of the CMA-RS must be approved by the board
of the Catholic Medical Association before they are accepted.