AMA - American Medical Association

The American Medical Association is an American professional association for physicians and osteopaths. Founded in 1847, the AMA has provided continuing education, unified policy, peer review and political leverage for physicians for over 150 years.

Membership Requirements
Members of the AMA must meet one or more of the following requirements:
  • Physicians who possess the United States degree of doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), or a recognized international equivalent.
  • Resident physicians who are attending an accredited residency or fellowship program in the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam or the Virgin Islands.
  • Medical students enrolled in educational programs provided by a college of medicine or osteopathic medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association leading to the MD or DO degree. This includes those students who are on approved sabbatical, provided that the student will be in good standing upon returning from the sabbatical.
  • A First Year Medical Student.

Member Benefits: The American Medical Association gives members many benefits for membership. Physicians have access to practice management resources, and discounts on AMA books and AMA partner services. All members receive access to the the many publications of the AMA.

The AMA and Public Health Policy
The AMA initially opposed the idea of government sponsored insurance in the United States, but as of July 2009, AMA spokespersons have been on record supporting a private and public system working together.

The AMA supports research based initiatives to help improve patient health, but does so in a way that benefits its members.

Notable Publications
The Journal of the American Medical Association, or JAMA, was first published in 1883. It is considered one of the leading peer-reviewed medical journals in the world.

The American Medical Association allows for physicians to connect and share information. This is a valuable resource as it allows for collaboration, fellowship and peer review of policy and technique, all important in a professional organization.

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