ARTICLE I: Name
The name of this Society shall be the
Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society.
ARTICLE II: Objects
The objects of this Society shall be to
promote the interests and influence the science of Osteopathy and of the
Osteopathic profession by all means conducive to their development and
- To influence public thinking to
accept the need for constant improvement in health care.
- By providing refreshing and advance
medical education to osteopathic physicians. All members of the
healing profession are welcome to attend these sessions.
- To support all Osteopathic Hospitals
in the State of Delaware.
- To be active in the encouragement of
college students to study osteopathic medicine.
- To have a committee for the purpose
of arranging with Osteopathic Medical Schools for at least one
admission per year. This committee to have the authority to
represent the State Society in dealing with these schools.
ARTICLE III: Membership
Membership in this Society shall consist
of its present members and those who shall be elected in the manner
prescribed by the Bylaws.
ARTICLE IV: Divisional and Auxiliary
This Society is a division of the
American Osteopathic Association in accordance with the Bylaws of the
American Osteopathic Association.
Local and district societies may become
auxiliaries of this Society in accordance with the Bylaws of the
American Osteopathic Association and the Delaware State Osteopathic
ARTICLE V: Officers & Committees
The officers of this Society shall be:
President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer who shall be elected
at the Annual Meeting and serve for a period of one year or until their
successors are elected and assume their offices and responsibilities.
Installation of newly elected officers shall take place during the first
month of the fiscal period, but they shall assume their duties on the
first day of the fiscal year. The Executive Committee of this Society
shall be the administrative and executive body of this Society
performing the duties, which are usually performed by the Board of
Directors, and such other duties as are provided by the Bylaws.
The standing committees of this Society
- Executive Committee
- Credentials Committee
- Nominating Committee
- Bylaws Committee
- Legislative Committee
The Executive Committee shall consist
of all the officers of this Society, plus the Immediate Past
President, plus one elected at large.
All other Standing Committees will be
appointed by the President of the Society with the approval of the
Executive Committee. (Amended 10/11/79)
ARTICLE VI: Meetings and Annual Session
The Annual Meeting of this Society shall
be held any time during the month of October each year at an hour and
place to be fixed by this Society in accordance with the Bylaws.
At the AOA House of delegates, a delegate and
alternate will be elected to represent the Society. (Amended 10/30/80)
ARTICLE VII: Amendments
A quorum necessary for the conduction of
business will be one over the number that represents 50% of the active
membership. (Amended 10/30/80)
The Constitution may be amended by a
majority vote of a quorum at the Annual Meeting, or a special meeting
called for that purpose. A notice of the proposed amendment or
amendments shall have been given to the member of this Society by mail,
the same being sent to their last known address and bearing a postmark
dated at least 30 days before the meeting at which the vote is to be
taken. (Amended 10/30/80)
ARTICLE I: Membership, Fees and Dues:
Section 1: An applicant for Active
Membership shall be a graduate of a college recognized by the American
Osteopathic Association and who subscribes to the Constitution, bylaws:
the Code of Ethics of this Society;
and must be a licensed Osteopathic Physician in the State of Delaware.
This Society encourages its members to seek membership in the American
Osteopathic Association. Application shall be made in writing to the
Secretary and approved by the Society.
Section 2: An applicant for Associate
Membership shall be a graduate of a college recognized by the American
Osteopathic Association and this Society, and who subscribes to the
Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics of this Society, and must be a
licensed Osteopathic Physician in some State of the United States and
hold an Active Membership in another State Osteopathic Society. An
Associate Member shall enjoy all the privileges of an Active Member of
this Society except that he shall not be eligible to hold an elective
office in this Society and he shall not have the privilege of voting. He
shall be exempt from any assessments as outline in Article I; Section
Section 3: An applicant for
Intern-Resident Membership shall be a graduate of a college recognized
by the American Osteopathic Association and this Society who subscribes
to the Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics of this Society. An
Intern-Resident Member shall enjoy all the privileges of an Active
Member of this Society except that he shall not be eligible to hold an
elective office in this Society, and he shall not have the privilege of
voting. He shall be exempt from any assessments as outlined in Article
I; Section II.
Section 4: Life membership may be granted
by the Board of Trustees of the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical
Society to any regular member who has reached the age of sixty-five
years and who has been in good standing for twenty years immediately
prior. Such members shall have the privileges and duties of regular
members, but shall not be required to pay dues or assessments.
Section 4 (b): Any member of the Society
who retires from practice in Delaware after a period of at least five
years, may remain an active member in good standing, when approved by
the Executive Committee. Annual dues for this type of Membership shall
be 25% of the current dues. This membership shall have full privileges
and may be subject to assessment at the discretion of the Executive
Section 4 (c): If a member is disabled
from illness or accident within a five year period of practice in
Delaware, the five year term may be waived.
Section 5: All applications for
membership in the Society shall be submitted to the Secretary of the
Delaware State Osteopathic Medical Society. The application shall be in
writing and be accompanied by a written recommendation of a member
physician in good standing in the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical
Society. Within five days of the receipt of the application, the
Secretary will send a notice to all members announcing the receipt of
the application and that should they have or know of any reason for
denial of membership, such reason should be directed in writing within
fifteen days of receipt of the letter to the Chairman of the Credentials
Committee at the offices of the Society. The application together with a
letter of recommendation and any letters received from the membership
will then be forwarded to the Credentials Committee who will review all
the pertinent available information for the purpose of determining its
recommendation for Society membership.
Section 6: The Credentials Committee’s
recommendation shall be reviewed by the Executive Committee which will
make a recommendation regarding the proposed application to be voted
upon by the Society at its next General Meeting. If favorable action is
taken upon the application by the Executive Committee, a letter from the
Secretary will be sent to the applicant notifying him of the Executive
Committee’s action and placing him in the status of "temporary
membership" until final approval of his application may be given by
the Society at its next meeting.
Section 7: Should the Executive Committee
make the recommendation that the application not be approved, the
Secretary shall notify the individual within ten days of the meeting of
the Executive Committee and the individual will then be afforded the
opportunity to request a hearing and appearance before the Executive
Committee. The recommendation of the committee will then be submitted in
writing to the full Membership of the Society and the Society shall
review the application and the recommendation of the committee and vote
on the application. The applicant shall be notified in writing of the
action of the Society. Should the Society rule against the proposed
member, the applicant will be notified in writing by the Secretary
within ten days. The applicant shall have the opportunity to appeal and
to appear before the Ethics Committee at a Special Meeting to be called
by the President. The recommendation of the Ethics Committee will be
forwarded to the Society for final action.
Section 8: All appeal requests by an
applicant should be in writing and be submitted to the Secretary.
Section 9: Upon approval of the
application by the Membership Commitee, the individual will be notified
within five days and will be informed of his dues and obligations to be
paid according to the Bylaws of the Society.
Section 10: The annual dues of this
Society shall be $200 payable in advance to the Treasurer on or before
January 1 the beginning of the fiscal year. Applications made within
three months of the close of the fiscal year accompanied with the full
amount of annual dues shall be credited with dues paid in full to the
end of the succeeding year. (Amended 12/4/80 by Executive Committee)
Out of state osteopathic physicians shall
be eligible to an Associate Membership; the annual dues for such
Associate Membership shall be $75.00. (Amended 12/4/80 by Executive
New physicians beginning practice, i.e.,
physicians finishing an internship or residency program or those so
designated by the Executive Committee, will not be obligated to pay dues
until January 1 after they have made application, providing said
application is made after the annual October meeting. The first year’s
dues following this period of grace shall be one-quarter of the regular
dues ($50); the second year’s dues shall be ($125). All members shall
be obligated for the entire amount specified in this Section, the third
full year of practice. Members approved by the Society during the fiscal
year will be charged a pro-rata portion of the appropriate dues except
as stated in the Section 10 paragraph 1 of above. (Amended 12/4/80 by
A member whose dues remains unpaid for
six months shall become suspended and forfeit all membership privileges,
but may be reinstated before the expiration of one year of payment of
current dues and assessments. Indigent members unable to meet their
financial obligations to this Society shall be referred to the Executive
Committee for disposition. After one-year delinquency, the member shall
be notified in writing to the last known address of the member of the
amount due this Society. If payment is not received within thirty days,
the member is dropped from the rolls.
A change in dues can only be considered
at the Annual Meeting.
Section 11: To meet emergencies,
assessments may be levied on the Active Members of this Society by a
majority vote, not to exceed $50 per capita
in any one year. Assessments shall be paid promptly and failure shall
incur the same penalty as failure to pay dues.
Section 12: Members of the Delaware State
Osteopathic Medical Society engaged in active full time military service
of the United States and who do not practice Osteopathy except as it may
be related to military duty, shall pay no dues during the period of such
Section 13: Each member may indicate a
specific college as the recipient of his donation to the Osteopathic
Progress Fund to which he contributes as part of his dues. Any
undesignated funds would be distributed equally among the osteopathic
colleges in existence and currently operating.
Section 14: Any member charged with the
violation of the Constitution, Bylaws or Code of Ethics of the American
Osteopathic Association or of any unprofessional conduct, shall have any
such charges investigated by a committee to be appointed by the
President. The Ethics Committee shall handle complaints against any
member of this Society in accordance with the procedure hereinafter set
forth. At the time of the designation of the committee, the President
shall signify who shall act as Chairman and who shall act as Secretary
of the committee.
Procedure for complaints
made to the ethics committee of the Delaware State Osteopathic Medical
Society Inc. shall be as follows:
All complaints against a member of
this Society must be in writing and sworn to by the complainant
before a notary public.
The complaint must pertain to
unprofessional conduct or a violation of the Code of Ethics of the
American Osteopathic Association.
Upon receiving of the complaint,
the Secretary of the committee shall forward to each of the other
members of the committee a copy of the same and shall within five
(5) days after the receiving of the complaint by the members of the
committee, call a meeting of the committee, which notice shall fix
the time and place of the meeting.
Within thirty (30) days following said
meeting of the Ethics Committee, if the charges are upheld, the
committee must report all findings to the Board of Trustees and
disciplinary action may be carried out by the Board. However, if
action considered is expulsion, the findings must be brought from
the Board of Trustees to the membership body at a specially called
meeting for this purpose, after ten (10) days notice to all members
of this Society. Expulsion from this Society must be voted
affirmatively by a two-thirds majority of the membership. Only those
present are eligible to vote.
ARTICLE II: Divisional and Auxiliary
Section 1: This Society is a divisional
or State Society of the American Osteopathic Association after
submitting to the American Osteopathic Association a report of such
action of the Society, authorizing the application for affiliation and
evidence that its Constitution, Bylaws and Code of Ethics conform
generally to those of the American Osteopathic Association. This Society
reserves the right of withdrawal, as an affiliated divisional society of
the American Osteopathic Association should occasion warrant such
Section 2: Any district society or
auxiliary may become a constituent part of this Society by submitting a
report of such action of its society authorizing the application for
affiliation and accepted by a two-thirds vote of the membership present
at the meeting and voting.
Section 3: The Board of Trustees is
authorized to recognize as an auxiliary society, the WOMEN’S AUXILIARY
TO THE DELAWARE STATE OSTEOPATHIC MEDICAL SOCIETY.
ARTICLE III: Meetings
Section 1: A meeting of the membership of
this Society shall be held annually for such business as may come before
it any time during the month of October each year, the place and exact
hour of such meeting to be fixed by the President.
Section 2: Two additional meetings of the
membership of this Society shall be held in the Spring and during the
first month of the fiscal year, the time and place of these meetings
shall be set by the President for such business as may come before the
Society and for a general discussion of the matters incidental to the
practice of the Osteopathic Medical Profession. Officers elected at the
previous Annual Meeting shall be installed at the meeting to be held
during the first month of the fiscal year.
Section 3: Special meetings of the
membership may be called by the President or may be called by the
Secretary upon a written petition of five members.
Section 4: A meeting of this Society
shall not be considered legal unless twelve (12) of the vote-privileged
members are present.
ARTICLE IV: Duties of Officers
Section 1: The President shall preside at
all meetings of this Society and shall perform the duties usually
pertaining to this office.
Section 2: The Vice-President in the
absence or at the request of the President shall perform the duties of
Section 3: The Secretary shall keep a
record of the transaction of all meetings of this Society, give due
notice of the time and place of all meetings, regular meetings being
postmarked ten (10) days in advance, conduct the correspondence and
carefully preserve all records and papers of this Society.
Section 4: The Treasurer shall have
charge of the funds of this Society and shall disburse them only upon
the consent of a majority of the membership at a regular meeting. He
shall be responsible for the collection of fees and dues as provided in
these Bylaws. Members shall be billed ninety (90) days later, and at six
months, and one year. He shall keep on file at all times an accurate
record of all transactions of the office, which shall at any time be
subject to examination by the President or officers. He shall be
prepared to give a financial report of the Society when requested at any
regular or special meeting.
Section 5: It shall be the duty of the
President to arrange for the orderly transfer of the official seal of
this Society and other official documents to the succeeding President at
the installation of the officers during the first month of the fiscal
year, and to obtain receipts for the Seal and official documents.
Failure of the outgoing President and succeeding officer to effect the
orderly transfer of the Seal and other official documents will result in
suspension of the Society member concerned until the Bylaws are complied
ARTICLE V: Board of Trustees
Section 1: The Board of Trustees shall
transact all the business of this Society between the annual sessions at
the meeting coincident with the annual session of this Society, and at
other times on the call of the President, and shall appoint all standing
and special committees not otherwise provided for in the Bylaws and
shall fill by appointment and vacancy occurring in its own membership,
or any other office until the time of the next meeting of this Society.
Section 2: The Board of Trustees shall
appoint from the members in good standing the Examiner of Applicants for
Admission to the practice of Osteopathy as said Examiner is provided
for in Paragraph 931, Section 19, of Chapter 27 of the revised code of
Delaware, 1935 as amended.
Section 3: The Board of Trustees shall
report its recommendations and actions at the regular meeting.
Section 4: The Board of Trustees shall
have the power after careful investigation to recommend to the Society
the removal of any member for violation of the Code of Ethics as in
Article VI, remove any officer of this Society for incompetency or
failure to perform the duties of his office.
ARTICLE VI: Code of Ethics
The Code of Ethics of this Society shall
be identical with that of the American Osteopathic Association.
ARTICLE VII: Amendments
These Bylaws may be amended by a
two-thirds vote of the voting members present at the Annual Meeting
providing 30 days notice of the proposed amendment or amendments shall
have been given to the members of this Society by mail the same being
sent to their last known address and bearing a postmark dated at least
30 days before the meeting at which the vote is to be taken.