KENTUCKY OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL ASSOCIATION
Article I - Membership
Section I: The members of this association shall consist of the present members and others as shall be selected in the manner described by the bylaws and classified as:
A. Active members
B. Honorary members
C. Life members
D. Associate members
E. Student members
F. Resident and intern members
G. Out of State members
H. Retired members
Section II: Membership Requirements
A. Active membership shall be a graduate from a college or university of osteopathic medicine accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA), and licensed to practice medicine in Kentucky.
B. Honorary membership may be bestowed by the Board of Directors on anyone who has rendered outstanding service to the profession at the state or national levels, upon official recommendation. Honorary members may have voice but no vote in the business matters of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Society.
C. Life membership may be granted by the Board of Directors to any regular member who has reached the age of 65, or who has completed 35 years of practice, and has been a member in good standing in the Osteopathic Medical Association, with 10 consecutive years immediately preceding the time of the award as a member in good standing of this association. Life members shall have the privileges and duties of regular members but shall not be required to pay dues or assessment.
D. Associate membership may be granted by specific action of the Board of Directors. Associate members shall have neither voice nor vote, and may not hold office. The associate member will receive publications of the association and may attend the State convention at the regular member fee. The Board of Directors shall set associate membership dues.
E. Osteopathic medical students may be granted membership upon application and by specific action of the Board of Directors. Student members may have voice but no vote nor hold office.
F. Residents and Interns may be granted membership upon application and by specific action of the Board of Directors. Residents and Interns may have voice and vote but may not hold office.
G. Out of State member shall be a graduate of a college or university accredited by the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) and licensed to practice medicine in a State outside of the Commonwealth of Kentucky. The out-of-State member must be an active or life member in good standing with his/her AOA-affiliated state society. Out of State members shall have no voice or vote, and may not hold office. Out-of-State members shall receive publications of the association, and may attend the State convention at the regular member fee. Out of State members who practice in Kentucky will be considered as active members.
Section III: Resignation
Any member desiring to resign his membership in this association shall present his resignation in writing to the secretary. The resignation shall then be presented to the Board of Directors for action, but no member’s resignation shall be accepted until his financial and other obligations to the association are complied with to the satisfaction of this Board.
Section IV: Disciplinary Action
The Board of Directors may impose disciplinary action on any member who is in violation of the code of ethics of this association.
Article II - Dues
Section I: The annual dues of active members of this association shall be payable on January 1 of each calendar year.
Section II: The annual dues shall be set by the Board of Directors and approved by a two-thirds (2/3) vote of the general membership at a regularly scheduled business meeting.
Section III: New members transferring into the state after July shall have prorated dues for that portion of the year remaining until January 1 of the following year.
Section IV: Non-payment of dues for any year shall prohibit that person from attending any business meeting of the association and shall be considered ground for termination of membership in the association
Section V: The dues shall be used to meet the budgeted needs of the association and dispersed according to such rules or procedures as are adopted and approved by the membership of this association upon the recommendation of the Board of Directors.
Article III - Code of Ethics
Section I: The Code of Ethics to be used by this association shall be the same Code of Ethics as adopted by the American Osteopathic Association.
Section II: Any violation of the Code of Ethics of this association shall be reported to the Board of Directors of the association.
Section III: The Board of Directors, under the direction of the President shall comprise the Committee on Ethics. They shall decide on all questions of an ethical or judicial nature. This committee shall investigate all charges or complaints of violation of the Constitution and Bylaws, the Code of Ethics, or of grossly unprofessional conduct of any osteopathic physician practicing in Kentucky. An osteopathic physician charged shall be cited to appear before the Ethics Committee in his or her own defense, and will be given a full hearing on the charges presented.
Section IV: Any decision of the Board of Directors and/or the Ethics Committee may be overruled by a three-fourths (3/4) majority vote of the membership of the association, present at a regular or called meeting.
Article IV - Officers
Section I: The officers shall consist of the President, President-elect, Immediate Past President, Vice President, Secretary, and Treasurer. Each officer shall serve for a two-year term of office.
Section II: The President shall preside at all meetings of the association and of the Board of Directors and shall perform such other duties as generally pertain to the office of president.
Section III: The President may appoint committees as are authorized by the Board of Trustees.
Section IV: The President-elect must have been a member of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association for three (3) years and have held the office of Vice President or Board of Trustees.
Section V: The Vice President shall perform the duties of the President-elect, should that individual be unable to fulfill the position and any duties assigned by the President.
Section VI: The Secretary shall be responsible for all minutes and business communications associated with the association.
Section VII: The Treasurer shall be responsible for the financial matters of the association.
Article V - Trustees
Section I: Trustees shall consist of three active or life members who are elected by the membership. Each Trustee shall serve for a term of three years.
Section II: The Trustee shall act as a representative voice of osteopathic physicians in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association.
Article VI - Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the AOA
Section I: Delegates and alternate delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association shall be elected to serve three (3) year terms on alternating years by a majority of those present at the annual meeting of this association. Delegates and alternates shall be elected at least ninety (90) days before the annual meeting of the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates.
Section II: The delegate elected must have served previously as an alternate or delegate to the American Osteopathic Association House of Delegates. The Alternate delegate will serve as Delegate in the event that the elected delegate is unable to attend the House of Delegates meetings.
Section III: Should an elected Delegate or Alternate Delegate be unable to attend a specific House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association, the Board of Directors will elect a replacement who would be able to fulfill the representation requirements of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association.
Section IV: All usual and customary travel expenses shall be paid by KOMA for the Delegates and Alternate Delegates.
Section V: Delegates and Alternate Delegates must be members in good standing
Article VII - Elections
Section I: Election of officers, Trustees, Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association shall occur at the Annual Scientific Seminar and Business Meeting.
Section II: Election to office shall be at a majority vote of the active and life membership present at the annual business meeting.
Section III: Notification of the annual business meeting and election of officers will be no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled event.
Article VIII - Executive Director
Section I: An Executive Director shall be employed by the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association on a part-time or full-time basis as needed.
Section II: The Executive Director shall serve under the direct supervision of the President and the Board of Trustees and shall perform such duties usual to the position and as outlined in an approved contract.
Article IX - Board of Directors
Section I: The Board of Directors of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association shall consist of the President, President-elect, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, immediate Past President, three (3) Trustee members and one resident/intern representative from a postdoctoral training program within the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
Section II: The resident/intern representative will be selected by the Board of Directors and will have voice and vote on the Board of Directors.
Section III: Ex officio members of the Board of Directors shall include the Osteopathic Representative(s) to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, the Dean of Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine, President(s) of any Kentucky divisional societies affiliated with the American Osteopathic Association, Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the House of Delegates of the American Osteopathic Association and Student representatives from the Pikeville College School of Osteopathic Medicine.
Section IV: A quorum for business shall be 50% of the members of the Board of Directors.
Article X - Annual Meeting
Section I: For the purpose of business activity, a quorum for the Annual Meeting of this association shall consist of those members present at the Annual Meeting.
Section II: The Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Osteopathic Medical Association shall be in conjunction with the annual scientific seminar. Notification of the scientific seminar and business meeting will occur no less than 30 days prior to the scheduled event.
Article XI - Duties of the Board of Directors
Section I: The Board of Directors shall authorize and supervise all expenditures of this association.
Section II: Board of Trustees shall serve as the Nominating Committee, preparing a slate of officers to present to the Officers prior to the annual meeting. A three-fourths (3/4) approval vote of the Officers shall be necessary to approve the slate to be presented to the general membership at their annual meeting for vote.
Section III: The Board of Directors shall exercise general supervision over the affairs and business of the association and shall meet at such time and place as their duties require.
Section IV: The Board of Directors may assist in maintaining the legal rights and privileges of the members when expedient, and when such action may lead to the general good of the profession.
Section V: In the event of a vacancy on the Board of Directors, an eligible member of the association shall be selected by the Officers within thirty (30) days to fill the unexpired term.
Article XII - Rules of Order
Section I: The meetings of this association shall be governed by Robert’s Rules of Order, Revised, except in such instances as are specifically provided for in the Constitution and Bylaws of this association.
Article XIII - Assets
Section I: The Board of Directors shall have complete control of the management of all assets of this association. They shall have the power to make loans to students in any of the osteopathic colleges. They are expressly authorized to those who agree to practice osteopathic medicine in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Any loans will be on terms and conditions as delineated by the Board of Directors.
Section II: The Board of Directors shall have the power to accept gifts of money, property, or any other things of value of behalf of this association and shall be empowered to invest funds or property thus received or the proceeds of any property thus received, as in the honest exercise or their judgment they determine to be safe and proper investments.
Article XIV - Amendments
Section I: Bylaws of this association may be amended by a majority vote at any regular or called meeting, a quorum being present; provided that the proposed amendments be filed with the Secretary at least thirty (30) days prior to the meeting.