Organized Medicine

  • Marc J. Kahn
  • Neil Baum
  • Michael S. Ellis


Organized medicine allows individual physicians to join an organization in order to advocate for themselves and their patients. This can be done at the local, state, and national level. Organized medicine gives physicians, medical students, residents, and fellows a voice. It is through organized medicine that physicians can advocate for the best-quality care for their patients while also ensuring that doctors are treated fairly. It is through organized medicine that young doctors learn about the economics and politics of American medicine. This chapter will briefly discuss the history of organized medicine in the United States and present a case as to why young doctors should participate in organized medicine and learn about the real world of American medicine.


Organized medicine American Medical Association (AMA) State medical societies Specialty societies Student medical societies HIPAA Meaningful use 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc J. Kahn
    • 1
  • Neil Baum
    • 2
  • Michael S. Ellis
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Medicine, Office of Admissions and Student AffairsTulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  2. 2.Tulane University School of MedicineNew OrleansUSA
  3. 3.Tulane Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck SurgeryNew OrleansUSA

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