Nathan Smith Davis founded the American Medical Association, after receiving his medical training and degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Western New York, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
Davis’s main goal was to “elevate the standard of medical education in the United States.“ Although many thought this was impractical, he felt it was necessary to eliminate the “snake oil salesmen” who were taking away money from real doctors.
The AMA Foundation provides approximately $1,000,000 annually in tuition assistance to financially constrained students (who now graduate medical school with an average debt load of well over $100,000 each).
Funds awareness projects about health literacy.
Supports research funding for students and fellows around the U.S.
Provides grants to community projects designed to encourage healthy lifestyles (of diet and exercise, good sleep habits, etc.)
The Worldscopes program has a goal of providing over 100,000 stethoscopes to third world countries, donated by physicians and students.
The AMA Scientific Achievement Award is awarded by American Medical Association. It may be given to either physicians or non-physician scientists who have contributed significantly to the field of medical science. The award itself consists of a gold medallion.
The recipients are chosen by the AMA's Board of Trustees, and Physician candidates must be AMA members.
JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, published 48 times per year by the American Medical Association. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world.
The organization acts as a government-sanctioned guild and has attempted to increase physicians' wages and fees limit by influencing limitations on the supply of physicians and non-physician competition.
"The AMA has engaged in extensive litigation charging chiropractors and osteopaths with the unlicensed practice of medicine, in an attempt to restrict them to as narrow an area as possible.”
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) maintains and updates the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics. First developed in 1847, the Code undergoes regular revisions and is the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians.
Information on the latest research regarding medical genetics and molecular medicine.
News and information on infectious diseases and vaccinations.
AMA Code of Ethics
For more than 160 years, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics has been considered the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians on a wide range of patient-physician issues.
Virtual Mentor is an interactive, Web-based forum for analysis and discussion of ethical and professional issues that medical students, residents and young physicians encounter during their educational training.
Ethical Force Program
The Ethical Force Program is a collaborative effort to develop health care system-wide performance measures for ethics.