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AMA Mission & Guiding Principles
To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
Our guiding principles set the aspirations that we endeavor to achieve:
- AMA is one enterprise, highly capable, well coordinated and focused on high impact results.
- AMA believes that there is a national imperative to chart a successful course for health care delivery that will improve the health of the nation.
- AMA embraces the need for change and believes physician leadership is critical to the successful evolution of health care in a patient focused delivery system.
- AMA will build on its legacy of leading physician ethics, setting standards for medical education, and advancing medical science to serve as the premier voice for the core values of the medical profession.
- AMA has the unique combination of talent with practical skills and intellectual capabilities, the financial resources, and influential multi-sector relationships to be a leading voice in the transformation of health care.
The AMA has a robust House of Delegates consisting of representation from every State and medical society, a solid base of physician members, a thriving advocacy influence, the most revered journals and resources in medicine, and respected practice tools.
Together, we can shape a better, healthier future – not just for patients and physicians, but for the country as a whole.
As the nation's health care system continues to evolve, the AMA is dedicated to ensuring sustainable physician practices that result in better health outcomes for patients. This work is captured in the AMA's five-year strategic plan, which aims to ensure that enhancements to health care in the United States are physician-led, advance the physician-patient relationship, and ensure that health care costs can be prudently managed.
The AMA's plan emphasizes three core areas of focus:
- Improving health outcomes
- Accelerating change in medical education
- Professional satisfaction and practice sustainability
Since 1847 the American Medical Association has promoted scientific advancement, improved public health, and invested in the doctor and patient relationship. AMA History is a rich narrative that demonstrates the important role the institution and its members have played in the development of medicine in the United States. Learn more about the AMA's beginnings and its founder, Nathan Smith Davis, and use the timelines to follow the Association's history.
The AMA Archives, the memory of the American Medical Association, is composed of over fifty collections that document this rich history. It is more than a repository of information; it is a dynamic resource for AMA Members. Among the highlights of the collection are the popular Historical Health Fraud and Alternative Medicine Collection, photographs, memorabilia and other artifacts.
The AMA Digital Collection is a great resource for those interested in the Association’s history. It holds over 230 titles from the AMA Archives in full text, searchable format, and covers more than 160 years of AMA activities, policies and actions.
Frequently Asked Questions contains more information about the AMA's history and archives.
OFFICIAL WEBSITE - http://www.ama-assn.org