Sandra DeJong, M.D., APA’s member-in-training trustee, raises a point during a discussion of changing fellowship criteria. Next to her is APA/GlaxoWellcome fellow Bradley Strong, M.D.
An amendment to accomplish this change in fellowship standards and categories appeared on the 1999 APA election ballot. Since it would have mandated a change to the APA Constitution, passage required that one-third of eligible voters cast ballots on the amendment and that two-thirds of those voters cast a favorable vote. While the first criterion was met, the number of members voting in favor of the amendment fell short of the two-thirds required for passage by only a few votes. APA’s new bylaws, which went into effect this past January when the members transferred into a 501(c)(6) organization now known as APA, allow the Board to amend the bylaws, provided two-thirds of the voting members of the Board present at a meeting at which a quorum is present vote in favor of the change. APA’s voting members may repeal bylaws changes approved by the Board by submitting a petition signed by 200 voting members. The amendment would then go on the next annual ballot. Through the petition process, voting members may also propose additional bylaws, as they did under the old bylaws.