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Surgical Caucus of the AMA

Founded in 1989, the Surgical Caucus of the American Medical Association (SCAMA) provides a forum at each session of the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) for discussion and recommendations concerning professional and socioeconomic issues of interest to surgeons. An Executive Committee manages the affairs of the Caucus and provides direction to administrative support through the American College of Surgeons (ACS).

According to our bylaws, membership in the Caucus is open to all physicians who are designated by the AMA as practicing surgery or any of its subspecialties who are serving as delegates or alternate delegates in the HOD, the Organized Medical Staff Section, the Medical Student Section, the Young Physicians Section, or the Resident and Fellow Section. In addition, Officers of the AMA and state medical society presidents are welcome to join. Finally, physicians who are not surgeons but who practice in specialties with significant clinical interactions with surgeons may also become members of the Caucus. Examples of these specialties include anesthesiology, critical care, emergency medicine, interventional cardiology, and interventional radiology.

Caucus Dues

Support by members of the AMA HOD—who are surgeons, anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, and other specialists—is important to the ability of the Caucus to maintain activities at the HOD. In addition to sponsoring a handbook review session to discuss HOD issues from a surgical perspective, the Caucus hosts an accredited continuing medical education session at each meeting.

HOD delegates or alternates who wish to support the Caucus through their dues may do so by completing a dues form. The cost of annual dues is $60, and payment may be made by check or credit card.

Executive Committee Minutes

SCAMA Meeting Minutes

AMA Annual HOD Meeting

Treasurer's Report


For ACS Delegates and Alternate Delegates

Kristin McDonald
American College of Surgeons
20 F Street NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC, 20001
Phone: 202-672-1512
Fax: 202-337-4271

For Surgical Caucus Members

Katie Fitzgerald
American College of Surgeons
633 N. St. Clair
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: 312-202-5201