Name and Purposes / Membership


ARTICLE I. NAME, MISSION AND VISION STATEMENTS, PURPOSE

The name and title shall be Medical Society of the State of New York.

MISSION STATEMENT

To advance the health of the residents of our State by promoting a favorable environment for the practice of medicine through advocacy, education and professional community for New York State physicians. 

VISION STATEMENT 

“The Medical Society of the State of New York shall be the leading professional organization uniting all physicians to promote excellent healthcare of the people of  New York State.”

PURPOSE 

The purpose of the Medical Society of the State of New York shall be:

To federate into one organization the medical profession of the State of New York;

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To contribute to the professional and personal development of member physicians by representing the profession as a whole and advocating health-related rights, responsibilities and issues. These actions are designed to promote a favorable environment for the practice of medicine and improvement of the health of the residents of New York State;

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To serve as a resource for its members and assist them in addressing the many issues and needs which they face in providing health care to their patients;

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To enhance the delivery of medical care of high quality to all people in the most economical manner, and to act to promote and maintain high standards in medical education and in the practice of medicine in an effort to ensure that quality medical care is available to the public;

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To seek to educate the public regarding important health care issues, including identification and discussion of their implications for patients and physicians in the current medical practice environment;

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To seek to attain these goals by acting, to the fullest extent possible, in concert with organizations and agencies which have similar aims;

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To inform and promote public opinion in regard to the problems of medicine and health for the best interests of the people of the State of New York.

CORE VALUES:

Professionalism:

Evidenced by decisions that are honest, ethical, and compassionate and actions that are patient-centric and protect the physician patient relationship

Effectiveness:

Evidenced by efficient advocacy, programs and services that enhance the ability of the physician to be successful

Leadership:

Evidenced by forward thinking, policy and strategy that is physician-directed and accountable to both members and the public interest

Scientific:

Evidenced by realistic and rational discussion among an inclusive professional community that values accurate information, diversity of opinion and political non-partisanship


ARTICLE II.  MEMBERSHIP

SECTION 1.  CLASSES

The membership of the Medical Society of the State of New York shall be divided into eight classes:  (a) active, (b) life, (c) honorary, (d) resident and fellow, (e) student, (f) affiliate, (g) post-medical graduate and (h) retired.

Active membership shall be limited to graduates of recognized medical or osteopathic schools who have completed not less than four satisfactory years of at least eight months each, or the equivalent, in a medical or osteopathic school in the United States of America or Canada registered as maintaining at the time a standard satisfactory to the medical or osteopathic licensing authorities of the State of New York, or in a medical or osteopathic school in a foreign country maintaining a standard not lower than that prescribed for medical schools in this State.

The active members shall be all active members in good standing of the component county medical societies.  A copy of the roster of such members, certified to be correct by the respective secretary of each component county medical society, shall be evidence of the right of the members whose names appear therein to membership in the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Student members shall be those members enrolled in recognized medical or osteopathic schools in the United States who are pursuing a course of study leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy, and who attend medical school or maintain a residence in New York State.  Concurrent membership in a component county medical society and the American Medical Association is not a requirement for student membership.  They shall apply for student membership on a form supplied by the secretary together with such dues as are fixed by the House of Delegates.  When a student member ceases to be enrolled in a recognized school of medicine or school of osteopathy pursuing a course of study leading to a degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy, other than by reason of graduation, said student member shall be considered to have resigned from membership in the Medical Society of the State of New York.

A student member who is suspended from the rights and privileges of his medical or osteopathic school shall likewise be suspended for the same period from the Medical Society of the State of New York.

An active or retired member in good standing who has completely withdrawn from the active practice of medicine and who has been a member in good standing for the ten consecutive years prior to the attainment of the age of sixty-seven years, or an active member in good standing who continues in the active practice of medicine and who has been a member in good standing for the ten consecutive years prior to the attainment of the age of seventy-two years, or an active or retired member in good standing for ten consecutive years or more who is permanently disabled, may apply for life membership.  The House of Delegates or the Council may waive the requirements in a proper case where there appears to be extenuating circumstances.  Such member shall apply for such life membership to the component county medical society of which he is a member.  Said member’s application shall be governed by the constitution and bylaws of the component county medical society relative to active membership or retired membership.

Such application shall be signed by the president and the secretary of the component county medical society of which he is a member and sent to the secretary of the State Society for presentation to the Council for approval.

The honorary members of the Medical Society of the State of New York shall be such distinguished physicians residing outside the State of New York as may be elected.  Nominations for honorary membership shall be endorsed by three members of the State Society and forwarded to the secretary of the State Society for presentation to the House of Delegates.  A two-thirds vote of the House of Delegates present and voting shall be necessary for election to honorary membership.

Resident Membership shall be limited to graduates of recognized medical or osteopathic schools who are in residency training or fellowship and who are resident members of a component county medical society.  Resident membership with full rights and privileges shall also be open (1) for one year after graduation to medical school graduates who have not immediately entered a residency program; (2) for one year after a resident has resigned from a residency program to look for a new residency position in a different field or hospital; (3) for one year after a resident has resigned from a residency program for a personal or medical leave of absence; and (4) for the duration of a structured educational program taken within or immediately following residency training.  Resident members who have completed their postgraduate training will be allowed to participate with full rights and privileges in any meetings of the MSSNY-RFS that take place through the end of the calendar year in which their training has been completed. Any resident who is unable to join the component county society (societies) notwithstanding the provisions of Article XVIII, Section 2, paragraphs 5 and 6 of these Bylaws shall be eligible to join the Medical Society of the State of New York directly as a resident member.

The resident and fellow section shall be permitted to adopt bylaws to govern its internal affairs, and hold an annual business meeting.  Such bylaws shall not be in conflict with the Bylaws of the Medical Society of the State of New York and must be approved by the Council to become effective.

Affiliate members shall be those physicians other than life or honorary members who were previously members in good standing of a component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York who no longer reside or practice medicine in New York State, yet wish to be affiliated with the Medical Society of the State of New York.

In order to qualify for affiliate membership, the physician must have been a member in good standing of a component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York at the time the physician terminated the residence and/or practice of medicine in New York State.  An affiliate member who reestablishes either residence or the practice of medicine in New York State shall no longer qualify for affiliate membership but must apply for an appropriate class of membership.  Any dues paid for affiliate membership in the year of reapplication shall be credited towards the dues required for the applicable class of membership.

In the event that an affiliate member resumes the status as an active member of a component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York following the reestablishment of residence and/or the practice of medicine in the State of New York, the duration of time in which the individual held the status as an affiliate member in good standing shall not be considered as an interruption in active membership for the purpose of determining eligibility for life membership in accordance with paragraph 6 of this section.

A post-medical graduate member shall be an individual who resides in New York State and holds a medical school diploma from a school in the United States or Canada, or holds a medical diploma and certification by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates but has not yet entered residency training or been employed as a physician in New York State.  No individual may be a member in the post-medical graduate category for more than three years.

If an individual enters residency training in the year in which the individual has already paid dues in the post-medical graduate category, the individual shall apply for membership in the resident and fellow membership category, and have dues and assessments paid to the Medical Society of the State of New York for the post-medical graduate category be applied as payment for the resident and fellow membership category.  Concurrent membership in a component county medical society is a requirement for post-medical graduate membership unless the individual can demonstrate that the county medical society in the county in which the individual resides has not established a post-medical graduate category.

A retired member, shall be those individuals who have fully retired from the practice of medicine, irrespective of age.  In order to qualify for retired membership, the physician must have been an active full dues paying member in good standing of a component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York for at least twenty-five years.


SECTION 2.  PRIVILEGES 

Active members vote and hold office in the Medical Society of the State of New York.

They shall be entitled to receive the News of New York, and the Medical Directory of New York State.

Life members shall not be subject to Medical Society of the State of New York dues or assessments but shall be accorded all the rights and privileges of active membership.  They shall be entitled to receive the News of New York, but the Medical Directory of New York State only on request.

Student members shall be entitled to receive the News of New York.  Student members shall not be entitled to receive the Medical Directory of New York State free of charge.  In addition, student members shall be entitled to the rights and privileges otherwise accorded in these Bylaws to students.  The dues and assessments of resident members shall be no more than one tenth the amount levied on all other active members.  The resident members shall be accorded all the rights and privileges of active membership.  They shall be entitled to receive the Medical Directory of New York State only on request.

Honorary members shall be entitled to the privilege of attending the meetings of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

Affiliate members shall be accorded all the rights and privileges of active membership in the Medical Society of the State of New York but shall not vote and hold office, and shall be entitled to receive such publications of the Medical Society of the State of New York as are approved by the Council on an annual basis.

A post-medical graduate member shall be entitled to receive any informational mailings sent to the general membership of the Medical Society of the State of New York and membership benefits as determined by the Council, except for the Medical Directory of New York State which shall be sent only upon request.

State Society dues and assessments of a member elected after October 1 shall be credited to the succeeding year.

A retired member shall be accorded all the rights and privileges of active membership.

A member of one component county medical society shall not be permitted to transfer to membership in another component county medical society until said member has paid the current annual dues and assessments to the former component county medical society and has established a legal residence or practices in the county to which said member desires transfer, except as provided in Article XVIII, “Component County Medical Societies,” Section 2.  The question of legal residence or locus of practice shall be verified by the component county medical society to which the member desires transfer.

Any member, except a member who is eligible and has applied for life membership, whose component county medical society and Medical Society of the State of New York dues are unpaid after February 1 of any current year or whose assessments are unpaid by the specified time is not in good standing and shall be deemed to be in arrears.

A member of the Medical Society of the State of New York who is in arrears for component county medical society dues and State Society dues or assessments shall not be eligible for any office or delegacy or be entitled to vote for any officer, councilor, trustee, or delegate.

A member whose dues are unpaid after March 1 or whose assessments are unpaid one month after the specified date may be dropped from the rolls of membership of his component county medical society and the Medical Society of the State of New York upon reasonable notice to such member by such member’s component county medical society, or the State Society.  In the case of nonpayment of dues, the reasonable notice to be provided shall commence on February 1, or as soon as possible thereafter, upon the determination that such member is in arrears.

A member who has been dropped from the roll of a component county medical society by reason of failure to pay dues shall not be accepted by another component county medical society except by regular transfer after reinstatement in the original component county medical society. Medical Society of the State of New York dues of a member reinstated after October 1 shall be credited to the succeeding year, all rights and privileges of membership, however, dating from the time of reinstatement; but no member dropped for nonpayment of dues and assessments shall be reinstated until such member has, in addition, paid the assessments for the year in which said member was dropped.

Upon reinstatement to membership, the period of time in which membership had been dropped shall be considered a lapse in consecutive years of membership for the purpose of determining eligibility for life membership in accordance with Article II, Section 1, paragraph 6 of these Bylaws unless the reinstated member in addition pays the dues and assessments that accrued during the period in which membership had been dropped, in which case it shall be deemed that there was no lapse in consecutive years of membership for the purpose of determining eligibility for life membership.

A member convicted in a court of law of a crime evidencing moral turpitude shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Medical Society of the State of New York.

A member expelled from a component county medical society or suspended from its rights and privileges shall likewise be expelled or suspended for the same period from the Medical Society of the State of New York.  The right of appeal to the State Society shall not be impaired.  Members not in good standing or ceasing to be members of their component county medical society shall ipso facto have the same status in the State Society.