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The AMA is the one physician organization that represents all physicians and has the strength to address important issues that affect all physicians—from expanding health coverage to fighting for SGR repeal to building consensus for medical liability reform.
The AMA is consistently in the thick of the debate, helping to shape opinion, policy and legislation to make positive differences in the lives of physicians and patients nationwide.
AMA Mission & Vision
Leading advocate for physicians and patients
Researches AIDS and health care delivery issues
Advocates for higher medical education training standards
Tackles political and public health issues
1900 to 1920
1941 to 1960
1847 to 1899
1921 to 1940
1961 to 1979
Advances in high-tech medicine bring ethical, financial and political pressures that AMA works to address
Addresses insurance and public health concerns
Birth of AMA specialty journals
Board of Trustees
House of Delegates
Council on Ethical &
Full House Session
Special HoD Committees
- Adopt - Refer
- File - Not Adopt
How the Representation Process Works:
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How Can I Participate?
Board of Trustees
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Member Groups and Sections
Affiliate Groups & Member Communities
AMA Office Hours
Participate in regular conference calls that offer you the chance to ask a question or share a concern directly with the AMA president: ama-assn.org/go/officehours.
Virtual Reference Committee: Comment on Resolutions
Prior to the AMA meetings, members can comment on proposed HOD resolutions online at
ama-assn.org/go/hodrefcom to ensure your voice is heard even if you can’t attend.
Visit ama-assn.org/go/getinvolved to contribute your voice to AMA advocacy efforts.
The AMA is your national advocate, speaking as one voice on behalf of doctors
and the profession of medicine.
Advocacy Resource Center (ARC)
Grassroots Action Center
Patient’s Action Network
Private Sector Advocacy
Practice Management Center
Center for Economic & Health Policy Research
The AMA is aggressively involved in advocacy efforts related to the most vital issues in medicine today, including:
Medical liability reform
Medicare physician payment reform
Affordable Care Act
Improving public health
Managed care reform
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Free online subscription to 9 Archives Journals, including 6 with CME courses
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More than $1,000!
… AMA offers specific resources throughout your career, such as complimentary CME, networking and leadership opportunities, quality and performance improvement tools, and more.
In addition to the overall benefits you receive as a member…
With your help, we have successfully completed efforts such as:
Fighting unfair regulatory burdens. The AMA persuaded the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to add more exemptions for physicians who have difficulties meeting requirements for the ePrescribing program and convinced CMS to lower the threshold for successful reporting under the Physician Quality Reporting System from 80 percent to 50 percent.
Medical Liability Reform. AMA is strongly urging Congress to pass a $250,000 cap on non-economic damages as well as provide funding for state-based pilot programs to develop promising alternative reforms (early disclosure and compensation programs, safe harbors for the practice of evidence-based medicine, health courts).
Reforming SGR/Medicare. AMA secured introduction of legislation in the House and Senate to ease Medicare restrictions on private contracting between physicians and their patients, and convened an SGR Task Force comprising state and specialty medical societies to develop a common approach for repealing the SGR and implementing a new Medicare physician payment system.
Protecting Scope of Practice. The AMA helped defeat optometrists’ attempts to perform eye surgery in West Virginia, lay midwives’ attempts to treat complicated pregnancies in Wyoming, psychologists’ attempts to prescribe powerful medications in Oregon and nurse practitioners’ push for independent practice in several states.
Don’t let others make critical decisions about your future and career …
… Join our efforts to ensure your voice is heard for yourself, your patients and the physician community.
Together, We Are Stronger
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