January 7, 2022, 2:31 p.m. News Staff — The regular session of the 2021 Congress of Delegates, which had been rescheduled for February 2022 because of COVID-19 last year, is now canceled.
Delegates will still make some decisions about Academy policy-making issues, however. All members are invited to guide these decisions by registering by Jan. 12 to take part in reference committees that will meet virtually Jan. 22-23. Delegates will then consider which issues should be put aside for more discussion later.
“By pursuing this course of action,” Speaker Russell Kohl, M.D., and Vice Speaker Daron Gersch, M.D., wrote to delegates, alternates and chapter presidents on Jan. 6, “we are able to accommodate the concerns with an in-person meeting in February, ensure that our members’ voices are heard, enact those items we agree upon, discuss contentious issues at our next in-person meeting, and free up our members to provide the ongoing care their communities urgently need during the pandemic.”
Under AAFP Bylaws, it was too late to transition to a virtual Congress when the Board of Directors canceled the meeting. Instead, delegates will follow this process:
If the Board must urgently address an issue related to a held resolution before the next Congress, discussions from the virtual reference committees will serve as a guide.
Visit AAFP News in February for information about action on resolutions.