UAPA Bylaws

 ARTICLE I

1.00 NAME
The name of this organization is the Utah Academy of Physician Assistants, herein referred to as the Academy.

ARTICLE II

2.00 MISSION AND PURPOSE
Section I
The mission of the Academy is to:
2.01 Promote quality, cost effective, patient oriented, accessible health care and to promote the
professional and personal development of Physician Assistants.
2.02 Promote a quality working partnership with the Utah Medical Association.
Section II
The purpose of the Academy is to:
2.03 Expand access to health care for the citizens of Utah by promoting the
quality, cost effective health care by the physician assistant profession.
2.04 Be an informational resource for the people of the State of Utah in
matters of medical care and delivery.
2.05 Develop, sponsor, and evaluate continuing medical or medically related
educational programs for Physician Assistants.
2.06 Strive for the prevention of disease, the treatment of illness and the
improvement of public health.
2.07 Support the enactment of appropriate medical and health care
legislation.
2.08 Provide effective representation for the members of the Academy and
the profession.
2.09 Adopt a code of ethics and regulate the ethical conduct of members of
the Academy.
2.10 Promote the physician assistant profession through education of health
care professionals, legislative bodies and the general public.
2.11 Assist with the coordination and standardization of curricula for physician
assistant education.

ARTICLE III

3.00 AFFILIATION
3.01 The Academy will be the constituent chapter of the American Academy
of Physician Assistants for the state of Utah.
3.02 This Academy will strive for continued affiliation with the Utah Medical
Association.

ARTICLE IV

4.00 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Section I
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
4.01 The Board of Directors shall consist of the:
A. President
B. President Elect
C. Immediate Past President
D. Vice President
E. Secretary
F. Treasurer
G.  Four (4) Members at Large
One (1) from each of the designated congressional districts.
H. Two (2) Student Members
I. Nonvoting Members consisting of:
1. Chief Delegate
2. Senior Delegate
3. Junior Delegate
4. Committee Work Group Chairman
5. Council Task force Chairman
Section II
TERM OF OFFICE
4.02 The term of office of the President, President Elect, Immediate Past President, shall be for one (1) year and the term of office shall commence July 1.
4.03 The term of office of the Vice President, Members at Large, Student member, Secretary and Treasurer shall be for two (2) years and the term of office shall commence July 1.
4.04 The term of Junior Delegate shall be for one (1) year commencing on July1 proceeding to the Senior Delegate position for one (1) year, and will then proceed to the Chief Delegate position for a one (1) year term. The total term of office for the Junior Delegate shall not exceed three (3) years.
4.05 The term of the student members shall begin at the time of their selection by the Physician Assistant Program and will conclude on June 30 of their year of graduation.
Section III
DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
4.06 The Board of Directors shall have charge of all property and financial affairs of the Academy and be responsible for the implementation of policies concerning the property, business and affairs of the Academy.
4.07 To appoint and employ, and at its discretion, remove and suspend, permanently or temporarily, such officers, managers, subordinate managers, assistants, clerks and agents as it may, from time to time, choose and to determine and fix their duties, and change their salaries and emoluments, and to require such security in such instances and in such amounts as it may determine, and to confer by resolution upon any officers of the Academy the right to choose, remove or suspend all subordinate officers or agents and to fix and change their salaries.
4.08 To determine who shall be authorized to sign on the Academy bills, receipts, endorsements, checks, releases contracts and documents.
4.09 To impose such charges, dues and/or assessments as it may deem advisable for the purposes of furthering the Academy’s objectives.
4.10 To establish to policies of the Academy and to determine the appropriate strategies for achieving its goals.
4.11 To fill all vacancies occurring in their number between annual elections.
4.12 To provide from time to time for the management of these affairs of the Academy in such a manner as it may deem fit, and from time to time, delegate any of the powers of the Board of Directors to any committee, officer or agent, except: (1) the power to alter or amend these Bylaws: (2) the power to elect directors and (3) the power to fill vacancies in the membership of the Board of Directors.
4.13 To serve as the judicial body of the academy.

ARTICLE V

5.00 ELECTIONS OF OFFICERS, MEMBERS AT LARGE AND JUNIOR DELEGATE
5.01 The annual election of the Board of Directors shall be held each year in May by written or electronically secured ballots. Every fellow and associate member of the Academy shall be eligible to vote and shall receive one ballot. Only fellow members and student members in good standing of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA) will be allowed to vote for the position of Junior Delegate. Each candidate for office must be a fellow member or student member of the Utah Academy and AAPA in good standing. Nominations are open the first quarter of the calendar year. Final call for nominations will be made after April 1, no nominations will be accepted after April 30. Officers shall be elected by a simple majority of ballots returned to the Board of Directors within four weeks of the mailing of ballots or by any other electronic means approved by the board with designated time for return of such ballot. Results of the elections shall be announced via newsletter or such method as directed by the Board. The newly elected officers shall formally take office on the succeeding 1st day of July with the exception of the student member.
5.02 Individual officers on the Board of directors shall be elected in the following manner: The President Elect shall be elected to hold office for a one year term, and will proceed to the office of President and Immediate Past President the succeeding two years respectfully. The Vice two years and) elected Members at Large shall each serve two year terms. Members at large should be from their designated congressional district. Members at Large representing Districts 1 and 3 will be elected on odd number years and Members at Large representing Districts 2 and 4 shall be elected on even numbered years. A Junior Delegate will be elected for a three-year term and will advance to the Senior and Chief Delegate positions respectively in the two succeeding years. In even numbered years a Secretary shall be elected for a two-year term. In odd number years, a Treasurer shall be elected for a two-year term.
5.03 One Student Member shall be elected by a majority of all student members within sixty (60) days of the forth coming academic year. The student member shall serve a term of two years. The Vice President of the Academy will be timely informed of the result of the election in writing. There will be only one (1) vote on the Board shared by the student members. The person taking the vote will be designated by the student(s) at the beginning of each Board meeting or prior to any special action or meeting called by the Board of Directors.

ARTICLE VI

6.00 MEETINGS OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
6.01 The Board of Directors shall hold meetings at such times and at such places as may be designated by the President or as specified by resolution of the Board, but in no event shall there be less than two (2) such meetings in any calendar year, and an absolute majority of the membership of the Board shall constitute a quorum for the purposes of the Academy. The Board may, at its discretion, hold executive sessions and general members will be excluded.
6.02 Special meetings of the Board of Directors may be called by the Secretary at the request of the President, or upon written request to the President of at least fifteen (15) fellow members of the Organization. The objective of the special meeting shall be stated in the call for such meeting and no other business shall be transacted. Notice of special meetings shall be transmitted to the membership by mail or other such conveyance as directed by the Board, no less than seven (7) days and no more than twenty (20) days prior to such meetings.

ARTICLE VII

7.00 DUTIES OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
DUTIES OF THE OFFICERS
7.01 President: the President shall preside at all meetings of the Academy and at all meetings of the Board of Directors. The President shall appoint standing and ad hoc committees and committee members and shall designate a chair person thereof subject to the approval of the Board. The President shall be the official spokesperson of the Academy and shall designate other spokespersons in his/her absence. Subject to the foregoing sentence, in the event of temporary absence or incapacity of the President, the Vice President shall assume his or her duties, or if the Vice President is unable or unavailable, the President Elect shall assume these duties. The President shall also act as the first alternate delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates.
7.02 Vice President: the Vice President shall preside at meetings of the Academy and of the Board of Directors in absence of the President. The Vice President shall succeed the office of the President should that office become vacant. In the event of a vacancy in the office of President Elect, the Vice President shall assume the duties but not the office of the President Elect, in addition to his/her duties as Vice President. The Vice President shall be the Chairman of the Elections Committee and, at the discretion of the Board, will organize and conduct all annual elections with the assistance of the Secretary and Treasurer.
7.03 President Elect: the President Elect must be present at three-fourths (3/4) of all officially designated Board of Directors meetings or forfeit his/her position. Should the President Elect forfeit his/her position it may be filled by the Board with confirmation by a majority of the members though a special ballot. The President Elect succeeds to the Presidency at the conclusion of the first elected year.
7.04 Immediate past President: the Immediate Past President shall be a member of the Legislative Affairs Committee. He/she will act as an advisor to the President and Vice President of the academy. The Immediate Past President will verify the annual election results prior to their release to the general membership by the Chairman of the Elections Committee.
7.05 Secretary: the Secretary will keep minutes of all business meetings of the organization, be responsible for all organizational communication and documents of the Academy and notify members of all meetings.
7.06 Treasurer: the Treasurer shall maintain records of the financial status of the Academy, collect yearly dues from all members, deposit into the Academy’s account all money received by the Academy, and with the President’s approval, pay all bills approved to the Academy and record all receipts of those payments.
Section II
DELEGATES TO THE AAPA HOUSE OF DELEGATES
7.07 Fellow members in good standing of the Academy shall be eligible for election as a delegate to the AAPA House of Delegates.
7.08 The number of delegates to be elected shall be in compliance with AAPA Bylaws and shall serve a three (3) year term as previously defined.
7.09 Alternate delegates shall be fellow members of the Academy in good standing and shall be appointed by the President of the Academy for a one year term.
7.10 Duties of the delegates shall include attendance at national meetings of the AAPA House of Delegates and reporting to the Board following each national meeting. They shall also attend Board meetings of the Academy and be fully active in the affairs of the Academy but shall not be entitled to vote.

 

ARTICLE VIII

8.00 MEMBERSHIP
8.01 Membership in the Academy is a privilege and shall consist of men and women of good moral character who are cognizant of their obligation to the public and who meet the requirements for membership prescribed by the Board of Directors.
8.02 The Academy believes that Physician Assistants must acknowledge their individual responsibilities to patients, society, and other health professionals and to themselves: and in meeting their responsibilities, their actions should be guided by the UAPA Code of Ethics. The UAPA believes the endorsement of the Code of Ethics is a professional responsibility which underscores the principle of self-regulation and adherence to this code is mandatory for membership.

 

ARTICLE IX

9.00 COMPOSITION OF THE ACADEMY
9.01 The Academy shall consist of:
A. Fellow Members
B. Associate Members
C. Affiliate Members
D. Student Members
E. Corporate Members
F. Honorary Members
And such members as the Bylaws may provide.

ARTICLE X

Section I
10.00 CLASSES OF MEMBERSHIP
10.01 Fellow Members shall be Physician Assistants who have graduated from an educational program approved by the Board of Directors and hold current certification by the National Commission for Certification of Physician Assistants, or successor agency. They must also be a fellow-member of the AAPA. Fellow Members shall be eligible to hold office and have full voting rights on elections.
10.02 Associate Members shall be Physician Assistants who are eligible for AAPA fellow membership status, but elect not to join the AAPA, or who are not eligible for AAPA fellow membership. Associate members may be fully active in the affairs of the Academy, but may not directly participate in issues relating to the AAPA such as submitting resolutions to, being a delegate to, or voting for delegates to the AAPA House of Delegates. They may not become an officer of the Academy.
10.03 Affiliate Members shall be men and women approved by the Board of Directors who desire to associate with the Academy and/or promote its purpose. Affiliate Members shall be entitled to participate in Academy affiants, but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.
10.04 Student Members shall be enrolled in an approved physician assistant program. The student member shall be entitled to participate in the Academy affairs and may vote for the student representatives to the Board of Directors. The student member to the Board may also vote on state issues presented to the Board but may not vote for officers of the Board of Delegates.
10.05 Honorary Members shall be persons who have rendered outstanding service to the Academy, and who are nominated by a Physician assistant member of the Academy, and are confirmed by two-thirds (2/3) vote of the Board of Directors. Honorary members shall have all the rights and privileges of the Academy except voting, holding office, or chairing committees. They shall be exempt from the payment of dues.
10.06 Corporate membership shall consist of corporations approved by the Board who wish to affiliate with the Academy. They are entitled to participate in the Academy affairs and activities but shall not be entitled to vote or hold office.
10.07 Sustaining Members shall be fellow associated and affiliate members who support the Academy’s activities by pledging annually an amount at least equal to their required dues, in addition to their required dues. They shall be known as Sustaining Fellow Members, Sustaining Associate Members and Sustaining Affiliate Members. Their privileges are defined above in the appropriate membership sections. The names of sustaining members shall be published in the Academy newsletter at least annually.
Section II
APPLICATION
10.08 All membership shall be by application provided by the Academy and approved by the Board of Directors. Applications may be reviewed and approved or rejected by the Board of Directors or its designees. Each member shall be issued a certificate or other evidence of membership as may be determined by the Board of Directors, title to which shall remain with the Academy at all times.
10.09 As a condition of membership, each applicant for membership, by applying for or maintaining membership in the Academy: (a) authorizes the Academy to consult with others and to inspect records and documents that may aid the Academy in examining the fitness of the applicant for membership or continued membership, and releases from liability all individuals or organizations who provide the information in good faith and without malice to the Academy concerning the fitness and qualifications of an applicant or member; and (b) releases from liability the Academy and all Academy representatives, to the full extent permitted by law, for their acts performed in evaluating an applicant or in taking any such action on an applicant to deny membership.
Section III
TERMINATION OF MEMBERSHIP
10.10 A membership shall terminate on occurrence of any of the following events:
A. Resignation of a member upon notice to the Academy.
B. Expiration of the period of membership, unless the membership is renewed on the renewal terms fixed by the Board of Directors
C. Failure of a member to pay membership dues or fees as set by the Board, within sixty (60) days after they become due and payable.
D. Occurrence of any event that renders a member ineligible for membership or failure to satisfy membership qualifications.
E. Expulsion of a member for violating the Code of Ethics.
Section IV
TERM OF MEMBERSHIP
10.11 The term of membership shall be for one (1) or two (2) years, unless herein after stated, and be on a calendar or other designated fiscal year approved by the BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

ARTICLE XI

Section I
11.00 DUES AND ASSESSMENTS
11.01 The amount of annual dues and assessments, and the manner of payment shall be determined by the Board of Directors.
Section II
11.02 FUDICIARY RESPONSIBILITY OF THE BOARD
11.03 It shall be the responsibility of the Board of Directors to review and approve yearly, the policies pertaining to travel and reimbursement of members of the Board of Directors or its designees.

ARTICLE XII

12.0 AMENDMENTS
12.01 These Bylaws may be amended at any regular or special meeting of the membership by two-thirds (2/3) vote of all members voting, or by majority of counted votes on ballots approved for distribution by the Board of Directors, for adoption of Bylaw amendments.

ARTICLE XIII

13.0 CODE OF ETHICS
13.01 Physician Assistants shall provide competent and appropriate health care at all times.
13.02 Physician Assistants shall deliver health care services without regards to gender, race, age, creed, or socio-economic status.
13.03 Physician Assistants shall adhere to state and federal laws governing health care delivery and moral character.
13.04 Physician Assistants shall seek consultation with the supervising physician, or other health care professional, to help provide the most appropriate care.
13.05 Physician Assistant shall accept delegation of only those responsibilities and functions in which they are competent to perform by virtue of education, training, or experience.
13.06 Physician Assistants will maintain all required certifications, and licensure.
13.07 Physician Assistants shall report health care related unlawful or unprofessional conduct.
13.08 Physician Assistants shall not misrepresent their skills, training, credentials, or identity.

ARTICLE XIV

14.0 JUDICIAL AFFAIRS AND DISCIPLINE
14.01 The Board of directors shall serve as the judicial body of UAPA with responsibility to accept complaints of ethical violations, gather facts, hold hearings, and suspend or expel members for violations of the Code of Ethics.
14.02 A decision to suspend or expel a member shall be made by a 2/3 majority of a meeting of a quorum of the Board of Directors.
14.03 Any member who is suspended or expelled shall not be entitled to any rights or benefits of membership.
14.04 The decision to suspend or expel a member shall be final without rights of appeal.
14.05 An expelled member may not have a membership application approved for a minimum of 1 year from the date of expulsion.
14.06 A member may be suspended or expelled for violation of the Code of Ethics; a finding of Unprofessional or Unlawful conduct by the Utah Physician Assistant Licensing Board; or conviction of State or Federal laws governing the practice of medicine, or moral character.
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