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One of the most frequent questions received in American Medical Association headquarters is "Since I am a member of A. M. A. by virtue of my county medical society membership, just what do I get out of my affiliation with the parent association?"
First of all, the A. M. A. should not be considered the "parent" organization. More accurately it is the offspring of the 1,915 local medical societies throughout the United States and the American territories. The immediate and obvious answer to the question, however, is that a member of the A. M. A. gains status as a reputable physician, acceptance by his professional colleagues, and recognition of the right to mingle with his colleagues, particularly in their scientific discussions, to work with them for common objectives. In other words, the A. M. A. member becomes a member of the team.
The major purpose of the A. M. A.
THE A. M. A. TEAM. JAMA. 1958;167(7):865–866. doi:10.1001/jama.1958.02990240065013
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