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MINUTES OF THE HUNGARIAN MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING
8:00 PM, OCTOBER 28TH, 2013, HELMSLEY’S SANDCASTLE HOTEL, SARASOTA, FLORIDA
Voting  BOD  members  present: Total  votes  10 (plus  Presidential  tie-­‐breaker)
G.  Baffy,  T.  Krisztinicz,  G.  Acs,  I.  Harangozo,  A.  Varga,  A.  Khoor,  T.  Lajos,  Z.  Garami,  P.  Leidl,  L.  Toth
Advisory  Board  President:  I.  Somkuti
Advisory  Board  Members:  I.  Krisztinicz,  A.  Matolcsy,  T.  Peredy,  K.  Kismartoni
Alternate  members  present:  Z.  Gombos,  J.  Tanyi,  M.  Justin,  G.  Marosan
Also  present:  I.  Stadler,  A.  Stadler,  S.  Mechtler,  G.  Kovacs, L.  Csathy
Agenda  Item Presenter Discussion Action  Needed Responsible
Member
I.  Approval  of  Minutes Acs Quorum  was  established  with  10 voting members
present.  The  Minutes  of  the  May  2013 BOD  meeting was
approved.
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II.  Presidential  Address Baffy Dr.  Baffy  has  submitted  a  written  report  to  the  BOD
(please  see  attached).
Dr.  Baffy thanked all  BOD members,  officers,  and  ad  hoc
volunteer  members  of  our  Association for  their  hard  work
in  the  past  year.  He  noted  that  we  had  a  highly  successful
annual  meeting  in  2012,  both  in  terms  of  the  scientific
program  and  as  a  weeklong  series  of  outstanding  social
events.  While  the  lion’s  share  of  the  credit  respectively
goes  to  Drs.  Istvan  Stadler  and  Andrea  Varga,  there  were
a  great  number  of  HMAA  members  who  contributed  to
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the  success  of  our  flagship  event.
He  reported  that  the  Balatonfured  Student  Meeting  in
2013  has  been  a  great  success.  The  scientific  program
was  rich  and  diverse,  the  attendance  was  quite
substantial,  many  key  position  holders  in  the  Hungarian
government  and  academic  life  were  present,  the  social
functions  were  well  organized,  and  many  HMAA  BOD
members  had  a  chance  to  participate as  well.  He
expressed  his gratitude  and  sincere  thanks  to  the
conference  organizers,  the  leadership  of  the  Hungary
Chapter,  and  all  the  activists  for  this  exemplary
achievement,  now  6th  time  in  a  row.  He  expressed  our
hope  that  this  great  tradition,  which  strengthens the
mission  and  image  of  the  HMAA  in  Hungary,  will
continue.
Dr.  Baffy  noted  that  one  of  the  greatest  benefits
associated  with  our  Annual  Meeting  is  the  generous
amount  of  CME  credit  one  may  receive  by  attending  the
5-­‐day  program.  As  our  accreditation  is  secured  through
the  University  of  Buffalo,  he  stressed  the  importance  of
keeping a  stable  and  thriving  relationship  with  the
Department  of  Continuing  Education  of  this  University.
The  leadership  of  this  department  has  just  changed  as
Ms.  Alicia  Blodgett  was  appointed  the  new  director  of
DCE  at  the  University  of  Buffalo.  He  reported  that  he  and
Dr.  Stadler  contacted  Ms.  Blodgett  during  the  course  of
the  past  summer  and  that  Dr. Stadler  submitted  the
requested  documents  to  keep  our  accreditation  in  good
standing.
Dr.  Baffy  reported  that  he  was invited  to  speak  at  the  1st
Eastern  and  Central  European  Regional  Conference  of  the  3
Association  of  Academic  Health  Centers  International
(AAHCI)  to  be  held  in  Budapest, November 7  -­‐ 8.
Representing  the  HMAA  as  a  successful  and  one  of  the
oldest  ethnic  medical  societies,  he chose  the  topic
“Collaboration  and  Exchange  through  Ethnic  Medical
Organizations:  An  Enduring  Mission”.  His goal  is  to  discuss
the  role  of  ethnic  medical  societies in  providing  a  portal
for  professional  and  social  networking  as  well  as  serving
as  a  bridge  in  the  discovery  – care  continuum  spanning
between  academic  centers  and  local  communities  in  the
US  and  across  the  globe.  He  expressed  his  belief  that  the
mission  of  the  HMAA  and  its over  45  years  of  history  is  a
great  testament  that  we  can  fulfill  this  important  role
with  increasing  success.
Dr  Baffy  emphasized  that  in  order  to  further  strengthen
the  scientific  aspects  of  our  Annual  Meeting,  it  is
important  to  have  appropriate  funds  that  help  cover  the
expenses  of  invited  speakers.  He proposed to  establish
the  HMAA  President’s  Choice  Lecture  Fund and
announced  that  he,  along  with  his  wife,  Dr.  Ildiko  Halasz,
will contribute $2,000  to  this  fund  and  expressed  his
hope  that  other  BOD members  will  follow  suit  to  make
this  a  robust  device  for  securing  renowned  speakers  at
the  meeting,  with  the  selection  kept  at  the  discretion  of
the  incumbent  president.
As  fundraising  remains  fundamentally  important  to  keep
our  Association viable and  help  achieve  our  goals,  Dr.
Baffy  noted  that  despite  the  unprecedented  additions  to
our  budget  seen  in  the  past  two  years  in  the  forms  of  gifts
and  funds,  we  must  continue  to  work  on  new  monetary
sources  to  fund  our  activities.  He  therefore  proposed to
consider the  possibility  of  opening  up  our  growing  4
website  to  advertising and  explore  the  possibility  to
partner  with  airlines  and  travel  companies.  At  the  same
time,  he  emphasized  the  importance  of  careful  selection
of  the  advertisers  and  legally  sound  terms  of  agreement
to  guide  this  process  to  make  this  a  safe  source  of
revenue  for  our  Association.
Dr.  Baffy  brought  the  BOD’s attention  to  the  recently
established  Hungary  Initiatives  Fund,  which  has  a  mission
to  support  organizations  that  aim  to  improve  relations
between  Hungary  and  the  Hungarian  diaspora.  The
mission  of  HIF  seems  to  overlap  with  our Association and
he  noted  that  we  may  want  to  capitalize  on  their recent
grant  announcement  that  could  provide up  to  $10,000  for
the  establishment  or  expansion  of  organizational
websites.  The  deadline  for  applications  to  target  this
opportunity  is  November  15  and  Dr.  Baffy already  asked
Adam  Kornafeld,  our  website  manager,  to  develop  a
grant  application.  With  the  approval  of  the  BOD,  Dr.  Baffy
hopes to  secure  funds  for  making  our  website
increasingly  useful  and  competitive.  The  BOD  agreed.
III.  Secretary’s  Report Acs Dr.  Acs  reminded  the  BOD  that  Dr.  Harangozo  had
previously  raised  the  issue  that  BOD  members should
contribute  to  the  Association,  and  noted  that  this  prior
proposal  is  well  in  line  with  Dr.  Baffy’s  of  establishing  a
Presidential  Fund.  He  emphasized  that  every  year  we  lose
money  on  the  social  programs,  however,  given  their
importance  for  our  meeting,  he proposed  that  we  should
consider  contributing  to  support  these  functions.  Dr.  Acs
pledged  that  he  will  donate  $1,000  for  this fund.
Dr.  Acs  asked  for  details  regarding the  Marosvasarhely
Student  award,  and  inquired  whether  this  was  a one  time
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offering  or  an  ongoing proposal  by  the  President.  Dr.
Baffy  replied  that  he  had  offered  this  Award
spontaneously  at  the  time  he  participated  at  the
Marosvasarhely  meeting,  however,  he  would  rather  see
this  as  an  ongoing  project.  Dr.  Somkuti noted  that  since
the  Marosvasarhely  University  teaches  in  Hungarian,  an
ongoing  award  would  be  favored.  He  also  noted  that  the
students  from  that  University  also  participate  at  the
Balatonfured  meeting.  Dr.  Acs  noted  that  this  award
would  be  an  excellent  opportunity  to  engage  Hungarian
medical  students  from  the  countries  surrounding
Hungary  in  the  activities  of  our  Association  and  proposed
that  we  should  consider  bringing it  together  with  Dr.
Gombos’  prior  proposal  for  Slovakian  students.  We  might
also  consider  expanding  such  opportunities  to  nonHungarian  students  from  these  Universities  as  it  may
foster  a  better  relationship  between  medical  students
from  Hungary  and  neighboring  countries.
Dr.  Acs  reminded  the  BOD  that  we  have  asked  for  a
follow-­‐up  on  the  Fellowship  Committee with  regards  to
guidelines  and  the  application  process.  At  the  last
meeting  the  BOD  has  also  asked  for  a  detailed  budget  for
the  student exchange program to  better  understand  how
our  money  is  spent.  He  also  reminded  the  BOD  that  on
our  previous  meeting  we  discussed  the  option  of
investing  our  assets on  the  market  and  intended  to  form
a  committee  to  explore  this  possibility.
IV.  Treasurer’s  Report Harangozo Dr.  Harangozo  has  submitted  a  written  report  to  the  BOD
(please  see  attached).
He  emphasized  that  without  the  major  contributions
occurring  in  the  past  couple  of  years,  the  Association has
To  form  an ad  hoc
committee  to  explore
investment  of  part  of
the  assets  of  the
HMAA.
Dr.  Harangozo
and  BOD6
lost  a  substantial  amount  of  money and  noted  that  our
payouts  are  greater  than  our  regular  income.  He
emphasized  that  BOD  members  should  strongly  consider
contributing money  to  our  cause.
Dr.  Somkuti  asked  where  money  was  lost  in  2010  and
2011,  because  we  used  to  be  quite  stable  over  the  years.
According  to  Dr.  Harangozo, the  primary  cause  of  losing
money  is  the  student  exchange  program,  which  is  our
major  expense  with  $14,000  per year.  We  also  lost
$7,000  on  our  conference  last  year  (compared  to  a  loss  of
$2,000  in  the  two  preceding  years).  Dr.  Harangozo
proposed  that  we  should  consider  reducing  the  student
exchange  program  to  6  months and  that  we  should
consider  looking  for  an  alternative  rental  apartment in
Buffalo. Dr.  Garami  agreed  and  proposed  to  form  a
committee  to  look  for  a  new  apartment for  the  students,
because  the  current  one  in  worn  down. Dr.  S.  Mechtler
noted that  other  apartments  may  cost  us  significantly
more than  the  current  one,  which is  near  to  all  the
hospitals  and  is  located  in  not  the  best  of  neighborhoods.
Dr.  Baffy  stressed the  importance  of our  exchange
program  which  we  want  to  showcase  and  that  we  should
do everything  to  expand  rather  than  to  shrink  the
program. The  BOD  agreed  that  the  details  of  the
exchange  program  should  be  handled  by  the  student
exchange  committee.
Dr.  Somkuti again  proposed  that  the  student  exchange
committee  should  present  a  detailed  budget  for  the
exchange  program  to  the  Board  to  better  understand  our
expanses  and  help  guide  future  decisions.
A  discussion  was  held  about  the  registration  fees  for  the
To  present  detailed
budget  for  student
exchange  program  to
the  BOD
Discontinue  one  day
registration.
Dr.  L.  Mechtler
and  Student
Exchange
Program
Committee
Dr.  Stadler
and  BOD7
Annual  Meeting.  Dr.  Acs  made  a  motion  that  we  should
discontinue to  offer  one  day  registration.  Dr.  Khoor
seconded.  The  BOD  approved  the  motion.
V.  Program  Report             I.  Stadler Dr.  Stadler  thanked  the  BOD  for  the  opportunity  to
organize  the  scientific  program  and  he  thanked  the
contribution  of  committee  members including  Drs. Baffy,
Acs,  T.  Krisztinicz,  Kiss,  Seres,  Csathy,  Tanyi  and  Zsenits.
He  reported  that  originally  we  had  63  accepted
presentations.  There  were  7  cancellations,  however,
some  of  those  could  be  replaced.  This  year  we  have  11
young  investigators  to  lecture  including  Kornel  Danos,
winner  of  the  Ivan  Krisztinicz Award supported  by  the
HMAA,  Attila Liptak,  winner  of  the  Student  Scientific
Travel  Award  supported  by  Drs.  P.  and  G.  Acs  and
Annabella  Benedek  form  Marosvasarhely,  winner  of  the
award  supported  by  Dr. Baffy.  Dr.  Stadler  reported  that
the  first  day  of  the  program  was  successful.
Dr.  Stadler  noted  that  there  is  a  new  CME  director at  the
University  of  Buffalo.  Dr.  Stadler  met  with  the  new
director  and  she  was  very  cooperative.  We  have  been
approved  for  24  category  1 credits  for  this  year’s  meeting
(Family  Medicine).  However,  there  is  a  new  evaluation
system  in  place  from  this  year  to  obtain  credits  which
means  that  we  have  to  evaluate  each  lecture  individually.
He  emphasized  the  importance  of  adhering  to  abstract
submission  deadlines  as  we  need  to  apply  for  CME  credits
six months  in  advance  of  the  meeting.  He  noted  that  we
have  to  strictly  adhere  to  the  June  30  deadline  for
abstract  submission.
Dr.  Stadler  reported  to  the  BOD  that  this  year  we  have 10
invited  speakers  and  11  young  investigators  (students).
Format  of  publication
of  the  Abstract  at  the
Balatonfured  meeting
(omit  ISBN  and  volume
numbers)
Csathy  and
organizers  of
the
Balatonfured
meeting8
Although  he  has  no  final  numbers,  the  invited  speakers
are  estimated  to  cost  the  Association  approximately
$8,000.  He  noted  that  the  students  also  cost  us  some
money  as  they  pay  no  registration fee  and  they  have  free
accommodations and  waived  fee  for  the  social  programs.
Dr.  Stadler  asked  for  suggestions  for  main topics  for  next
year.
Dr  Acs  suggested  that we  should  financially  separate  the
scientific  part  of  the  meeting  from  the  social  one.  He
stressed  that  we  should  aim  to  keep the highest  possible
level of  the  scientific  program.  He  noted  that  we  lose
money  on  the  social  functions  and  suggested  that  we
should  make  contributions  to  help  fund  the  social
programs  as  they  are  also  a  crucial  part  of  the  Annual
Meeting.
Dr. Stadler  raised  the  issue  that  the  Balatonfured  meeting
appears  to  be a  competition  for  our  Annual  Meeting.  He
noted  that  for  the  Balatonfured  meeting  the  organizers
used  the  form  of  our  Archives,  including  the  volume
number  and  ISBN  number  and  he  questioned  whether
this  is  in  line  with  current  guidelines  and  standards.  The
BOD  suggested  that  the  organizers  of  the  Balatonfured
Meeting  may  use  the  format  of  our  Archives,  however
they  should  omit  the  ISBN  number  and  volume  number
from  the  publication.   Dr.  Acs  emphasized  that  the
audience  of  the  Balatonfured  Student  Meeting  is
different  from  our  Annual  Meeting  and  suggested  that  we
consider  the  student  meeting  as  an  investment  in  the
future  of  the  Association.  Dr.  Baffy  also  praised  the  work
of  the  Hungary  Chapter  and  their  support  and
congratulated  the  organizers  for  the  increasing  success  of  9
the  Balatonfured  student  meeting.  He  expressed  his
gratitude  to  the  organizers  in  Hungary  and  noted  that  he
considers  the  Balatonfured  meeting  a  great  achievement.
Dr.  Baffy  emphasized  that  our organization  should  grow,
otherwise  it  will  die  and  that  we  consider  the  Hungary
Chapter  and  their  work  as  part  of  this  strategy.  Dr.  Csathy
commented  that  the  Balatonfured  student  meeting  was
organized  with  the  approval  of  the  BOD  and  that  its  main
purpose  is  to  advertise  the  HMAA  at  the  Hungarian
medical  universities  and  the  Magyar  Orvosi  Kamara
(MOK).  The  BOD  agreed  that  the  Balatonfured  meeting  is
a  student  conference,  it  supports  the  mission  of  the
HHMAA  and  in  no  way  represents  a  competition  for  the
Annual  Scientific  Meeting  of  the  HMMAA.
VI.    Social  Program
Planning  Committee
Report
Varga Dr.  Varga  thanked  BOD  members  for  their  help  in
organizing  the  social  events.  She  reported  that  the  costs
for  the  social  functions  are  increasing.  She  noted  that  we
are  able  to  make  cost,  but  we  do  not  make  any  profit  on
these  functions.    She  noted  that  the  price  of  the  banquet
ticket  is  $75  and  the  actual  cost  to  us  is  $74.66,  not
including  music.  She  noted  that  at  the  last  BOD  meeting
there  was  a  motion  to  increase  the  price  of  the  banquet
ticket,  however  no  action  was  taken  at  that  time.  To  be
able  to  make  cost,  we  had  to  increase  the  price  for  the
drink  tickets  this  year.  She  reported  that  we  have  already
sold  117  tickets  for  the  banquet  this  year.
Dr.  Varga  reported  that  there  will  be  a  new  Halloween
function  this  year  on  Thursday  night.  The  Eletfa  group  will
play  on  the  Kocsma  party on  Friday  evening.  The  cost  for
that  function  is  $41.50  per  person. As  were  are  barely
able  to  make  cost,  she  made  a motion  that  we  should
increase the  price  for  the  Kocsma  Party  by  10-­‐15%.   The
Increase  the  cost  of
Kocsma  Party by  10-­‐
15%
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motion  was  seconded and  the  BOD  approved  it.
VII.  Membership  Report S.  Mechtler Dr.  S.  Mechtler  has  submitted  a  written  report  to  the  BOD
(please  see  attached).
Dr.  S.  Mechtler  reported  that  he  is  in  the  process  of
updating  the  contact  information  of  HMAA  members  and
that  he  needs  to  communicate  with  Adam  Kornafeld  and
work  with  him  on  updating  the  membership  list  on  our
website.  He  reported  that  with  the  new  website  functions
he  receives  email notifications about  members  paying
dues  and  registering  for  the  meeting.  However,  he  still
has problems  with  members paying  dues  here  at  the
Annual  Meeting.  He  reported  that  the  number  of  paid
members  is  currently  92,  which  is  quite  high  for  October,
and  that  he  expects  that  at  least  10  additional  members
will  pay  their  dues  here  at  the  Meeting.  Responding  to  a
question  from  the  BOD  he  noted  that  active  members  are
those  ones  who  have  paid  dues  in  the  past  but  have  not
done  so  recently (in  contrast  to  paid  members).  If
members  on  the  Active  list do  not  pay  dues  for  three
years,  they  are  moved  to  the  Inactive Members  list.  A
discussion  was  held  about  potential  strategies  to  reengage inactive  members and  a  promotion  to  bring  in
new  members to  the  Association.
Dr. Acs  reminded  the  BOD  that  we  have a flyer  about  the
upcoming  Annual  Meeting  which he  will  distribute  to all
members  and  encouraged  them  to  display  it  on  the
bulletin  boards of  the  various  meetings they  attend.
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VIII.  Student  Exchange
Program
L.  Mechtler Dr.  L.  Mechtler  has  not  submitted  a report  to  the  BOD.
Dr. Garami  reported  that  he  is  hosting  one  student
Guidelines  for
Fellowship  applications
Fellowship
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supported  by  the  HAESF,  under  the  umbrella  of  the
HMAA.
Dr.  Acs  asked  whether  the  Fellowship  Committee  had  any
developments  regarding  the  guidelines  of  the  Fellowship
Program,  as  requested  by  the  BOD  at  the  last  meeting.
There  was  no  update  on  the  Fellowship  Committee.
Dr.  Acs  further  noted  that  at  the  last  BOD  meeting  Dr.
Garami  proposed  that  he  would provide  an  opportunity
for  the  Gyermekrak  Allapitvany  of  Mr. Balogh to  host  a
fellow  from  Hungary.  Dr.  Garami  reported  that  he  indeed
made  a  proposal  to  Mr.  Balogh,  however  he  received  no
response.  Dr.  Garami  had  no  further  communication  with
Mr. Balogh.
IX.  Publications
Committee
Somkuti Dr.  Somkuti  thanked  Adam  Kornafeld  for  developing
online  abstract  submission on  our  website,  which  worked
very  well  this  year.  He  suggested  that  we  should
encourage  all  members  to  submit  their  abstracts  online.
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X.  Awards  Committee Somkuti Dr.  Somkuti  reported  that  awardees  for  next  year  will  be
decided  on  the  spring  BOD  meeting. He  asked  BOD
members  for  suggestions  for  awardees.
Suggestions  for
awardees
BOD
XI.  Public  Relations Matolcsy Dr.  Matolcsy  reported  that  in  2011  the  chancellor  of  the
University of  Massachusetts visited  Semmelweis
University  in  Budapest  and  was  impressed  with  that
medical school.  The  chancellor wanted  to  develop  a  new
student  exchange  program  between  the  universities.  The
chancellor  of  Semmelweis visited  the  University  of
Massachusetts  and  Dr.  Matolcsy  attended  a  dinner  with
the  chancellors  at  that  time.  An  agreement  was  made
between  the  universities. Dr. Matolcsy  suggested  to  them
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that  as  we  have  experience  in  student  exchange
programs we  can  help  in  this  project.  He  reported  that
although  this  program  is  not  funded  by  the  HMAA,  there
will  likely  be  students rotating  at  the  University  of
Massachusetts from  Hungary.
Dr.  Matolcsy  proposed  that,  although  Christian  Sauska
could  not  attend  this  year’s  Meeting,  we  should  award
him  with  honorary  membership in the  HMAA.  The  BOD
supported  the  proposal  and  decided  that  the  President
will  send  a  letter  to  Mr.  Sauska  regarding  this  matter.
Dr.  Matolcsy  further  reported  that  he  had  the
opportunity  to  have  dinner  with  the  Hungarian  Minister
of  Health,  who  sent  his  regards  to  the  HMAA  and
apologized  that  he  was  not  able  to  attend  the  Meeting.
XII.  New  England  Chapter
Report
Baffy Dr.  Baffy  reported  that  the  online  payment  of  dues  seems
to  be  working for  the  chapter.  He  reported  that  Dr.  Craig
Mellow had  to  cancel  his  lecture  at  their  chapter  meeting,
however,  they  have  a  rain  check  from  him.  Dr. George
Kunos  gave  a  presentation  to  the  chapter.  They  are
planning  to  have  an  upcoming meeting  in  December.  He
further  reported  that  Mr.  Ader,  the  President  of  Hungary
has  visited Boston recently and  they  had two  events  with
him  at  the  consulate  and  at  the  Tudos  Klub  at  Laszlo
Barabas’  place,  respectively.  Dr.  Baffy  had  an  opportunity
to  talk to  Mr.  Ader about the  HMAA and  its  activities.
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XIII.  Hungary  Chapter
Report
Csathy Dr.  Csathy  reported  that  the  MET  approached  the
Hungary  Chapter to  organize  a  joint  conference using  the
venue  of  the  Balatonfured  Meeting.  The  Hungary  Chapter
leadership  felt  that  this  would  not  be  advantageous  for
them  and  although  they  can  support  the  cause  of  the
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MET,  the  Balatonfured  Meeting  should  remain  a  student
meeting  completely  unrelated  to  the  MET.    He  proposed
that  members  of  the  Hungary  Chapter  and  even  HMAA
BOD  members  may  participate  at  the  MET  meeting,  but
emphasized  that  the  Balatonfured  Student  Meeting
should  be  kept  as  a  separate  event.  The  BOD  agreed.
XIV.  Report  from
Germany
Kovacs Dr.  Kovacs  reported  that  he  tried  to  invite German
colleagues  to  the  meeting  and  hopes  to  do  that  in  the
future  as  well.
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XV.  Old  Business Dr.  Baffy  reported  that  a  recent  unfortunate  issue
requires  a  brief  discussion  by  the  BOD,  pertaining to  our
apparent  involvement  in  the  financial  scandal  brought
upon  us  by  the  Doktorevents  Kft.  He  reported  that this
company  had promised  to  organize  a  trip  for  over  60
colleagues  in  Hungary  to  our  Annual  Meeting,  but  their
plan  fell  apart  and  currently there  are  multiple  lawsuits
initiated  to  force  the  company to  pay  for  damages and
recovery.  He  reminded  the  BOD  of  our  discussion  at  the
last  spring  BOD meeting  in  response  to  the  enquiry  of  Mr.
Janos  Csermak,  director  of  Doktorevents  Kft.  about
allowing  them  to  introduce  and  advertise  their  unnamed
pharmaceutical  products  linked  to  the  sponsorship  of
attendance  from  Hungary  at  our  Meeting.  The  BOD’s
decision  at  that  time  was  to  fully  separate  our  Association
from  this  initiative  in  order  to  preserve  the  integrity  of
the  HMAA  and  not  to  jeopardize  our  highly  valued  CME
accreditation.  We  also  demanded  the removal  of any
reference  to  the  HMAA  on  the  website  of  Doktorevents
Kft.  Dr.  Baffy  further  reported  that  both  he  and  Dr.  Csathy
have  provided  the  Hungarian  authorities  with  multiple
affidavits  and  documentation  proving  that  the  HMAA  had
not  been  involved  in  this  apparently  ill-­‐fated  scheme  and
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would  not  assume  any  responsibility.  He  noted  that  this
story  should  serve  as  a  critical  reminder  that  we  must  be
highly  vigilant  and  cautious  when  making  commitments
in  similar  situations.
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The  date  and  time  of  the  next  BOD  meeting  is  November  1,  2013,  2:00  pm  at  the  Helmsley  Sandcastle  Hotel,  Sarasota,  FL.
Submitted  by:
Geza  Acs,  MD,  PhD
Secretary,  HMAA