Being a voting member of the American Medical Association House of Delegates means being part of an exclusive club—but apparently it doesn't mean you always feel like voting.
Minutes after the Society of Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions was admitted into the House of Delegates at the delegates' annual meeting this week in Chicago, House Speaker Dr. Andrew Gurman of Pennsylvania instructed the group's lone delegate, Dr. Joe Babb of North Carolina, to go to registration and pick up his credentials.
He was also told to sit where there was an electronic vote "clicker" waiting for him.
According to an AMA Board of Trustees report, Babb's group was founded in 1978 and has 2,185 members, 562 of whom are AMA members (25.7%). And the AMA may need to add more new member groups as its meeting goes on if Monday's lethargic-voting trend continues.