Established in 1976, the Section on Medical Schools provides all US-accredited medical schools 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.
The Section has grown from an initial membership of 280 representatives to approximately 600, with three membership categories:
- Representatives of the Section, from each LCME- and AOA-accredited medical school, consist of the dean or the dean's designate, and each dean may appoint up to four AMA-member institutional representatives, each of whom may represent undergraduate, graduate or continuing medical education at the institution.
- Any AMA member with a faculty appointment to a US-accredited medical school may elect to be a member of the Section.
- Twenty at-large members, representing the interests of graduate and continuing medical education, also comprise the Section.
The Section plays an increasing role in developing AMA policy of concern to medical schools on such issues as education, patient care, and clinical research. In addition, Section representatives participate in various AMA activities, such as the AMA's Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative.
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.