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About Us

The Academic Physicians Section (APS) provides all academic physicians the opportunity to participate in forming AMA policy through debate and a vote in the AMA's House of Delegates. The Section meets semi-annually, in June and November. Meeting participants, comprising deans and faculty from a wide range of medical schools nationwide, debate and reach consensus on reports and resolutions to be acted upon during the Annual and Interim Meetings of the AMA House of Delegates. This work guides the APS delegate and alternate delegate in the discussions and voting during the AMA House of Delegates meetings.

The APS was originally established in 1976 as the Section on Medical Schools (SMS), a name it held until June 8, 2015, when the AMA House of Delegates approved a name change from the SMS to the APS, along with refinements to SMS membership categories. Learn more and join the APS now.

The Section plays an important role in developing AMA policy of concern to academic physicians and medical schools on such issues as medical education, patient care, and clinical research. The APS seeks to advance the goals of the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative and works closely with the AMA Council on Medical Education.

As health care system changes continue to confront medical educators, and as interaction between academic and community physicians increases, the Section will provide a forum for discussing issues of mutual interest and concern. As part of the AMA, which serves as a national forum for all of medicine, the Section is uniquely positioned to address key education and practice issues affecting physicians and their patients.