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.
KeywordsOrganized medicine American Medical Association (AMA) State medical societies Specialty societies Student medical societies HIPAA Meaningful use
- 1.Miller RN. AMA membership up for 6th consecutive year: annual report. May 11, 2017. https://www.ama-assn.org/about/leadership/ama-membership-6th-consecutive-year-annual-report.
- 3.Putnam RD. Bowling alone: the collapse and revival of American Community. New York: Simon and Schuster; 2000.Google Scholar
- 4.Robeznieks A. Physicians are fighting on the front lines of the opioid crisis. AMA. August 7, 2018. https://www.ama-assn.org/delivering-care/opioids/physicians-are-fighting-front-lines-opioid-crisis.
- 6.Gallagher RM, Nadzam DM. Two decades of coordinating medication safety efforts. National Coordinating Council for Medication Error Reporting and Prevention. 2015. https://www.nccmerp.org/sites/default/files/20_year_report.pdf.
- 7.Nash DB. The patient safety act. Pharm Ther. 2011;36(3):118.Google Scholar