Founded in 1895, the Hillsborough County Medical Association (HCMA) is a voluntary membership organization comprised of over 1,800 allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) physicians and medical students in our county. The HCMA serves as the local voice for organized medicine and as an advocate for all members, regardless of specialty and practice affiliations.
Mission statement:Bringing physicians together to advocate for our profession and for the care of over one million patients in our community.
The affairs of the HCMA are managed by its Officers under the supervision and control of the Executive Council which, except as otherwise specified in the Certificate of Reincorporation or the HCMA By-Laws, shall constitute the governing body of the Association with power to transact such business as it deems advisable and in the best interest of the Association.
Membership Dinner Meetings
HCMA holds four dinner meetings per year (February, May, September, and November). The events consist of social hours, exhibit visitations, and informative speakers. An Annual Installation Dinner is held in May, in which the new HCMA president is installed and newly elected officers and representatives are announced.
HCMA Delegates to the FMA
HCMA Delegates to the Florida Medical Association (FMA) are elected and serve three year terms. The HCMA Delegation prepares resolutions to be submitted to the FMA House of Delegates at the FMA Annual Meeting which is held each summer. If approved, resolutions may result in proposed legislation or FMA policy. The HCMA is allotted a minimum of 20 delegates and effort is put forth to fill all seats at the FMA Annual Meetings.
Hillsborough Political Action Committee (HILLPAC)
Legislative advocacy is the most valuable benefit of HCMA membership. HILLPAC, the political arm of the HCMA, supports legislators who are friends of medicine and who understand the importance of allowing physicians to care for their patients without burdensome governmental intrusions and unnecessary insurance mandates.
The HCMA Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of the HCMA, was incorporated in 1997 and provides cash grants to non-profit organizations in the Tampa Bay area for programs designed to promote awareness and support of health and health related issues. Partnership with the Tampa Bay business community is a fundamental goal and has been an essential component for the success of the Charity Golf Classic, the Foundation’s major annual fundraiser.