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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join?

You can join online at any time on our secure site, or you can call AMA Member Relations at (800) 262-3211.

Who is eligible to be a member of the AMA?

Membership in the AMA is open to:

  • Physicians who possess the United States degree of doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO), or a recognized international equivalent. 
  • Resident physicians who possess the United States degree of MD or DO, or a recognized international equivalent, and are serving in residencies or fellowships approved by the American College of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or the American Osteopathic Association (AOA). 
  • Medical students enrolled in an educational program provided by a college of medicine or osteopathic medicine accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) or American Osteopathic Association (AOA) leading to the MD or DO degree. This includes those students who are on an approved sabbatical, provided that the student will be in good standing upon returning from the sabbatical. 

If you are a first-year medical student enrolled in an LCME- or AOA-accredited program, please enroll through your AMA Medical Student Section membership liaison. If you do not know who your liaison is, contact the MSSOP Manager at mssop@ama-assn.org or (800) 262-3211, ext. 5324, for assistance.

Conditions of AMA Membership

What are the different categories of membership?

Regular practice physician
Physicians who have earned their doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree, or a recognized international equivalent.

First- or second-year-in-practice physician
(Please see description above)

Military
Physicians who have earned their doctor of medicine (MD) or doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO) degree, or a recognized international equivalent and are serving in the United States Army, the United States Navy, the United States Air Force, the United States Public Health Service, or the Department of  Veteran Affairs.

Semi-retired physician
Physicians working 1-20 hours per week and at least 65 years of age.

Fully retired physician
Physicians of any age who are fully retired from the practice of medicine (working 0 hours per week).

Resident/fellow
Physicians who possess the United States degree of MD or DO, or a recognized international equivalent, and are serving in residencies or fellowships approved by the appropriate accrediting agency.

Medical Student
Students in educational programs provided by a college of medicine or osteopathic medicine that is approved by the appropriate accrediting agency.



What is the annual cost for AMA membership?

Physicians:
Annual regular membership $420
Annual regular membership - second year in practice $315
Annual regular membership - first year in practice $210
Annual regular membership - military physician $280

Residents and fellows:
Single-year membership $45
Three-year membership $120
Four-year membership $160

Retired physicians:
Fully retired (working 0 hours per week) $84
Semi-retired (working 1-20 hours per week) $210
Dues-exempt (renewing members who are fully retired and 65 years of age and older) $0

Students
Single-year membership $20
Two-year membership $38
Three-year membership $54
Four-year membership $68

All dues, regardless of category, are paid annually.

What are the payment options?

Credit card (Visa, MasterCard, American Express)

Check: Made payable to the American Medical Association

 

Credit card payment options:

Automatic renewal (all physician categories are eligible)

  • Single Payment with automatic renewal
  • Monthly installments with automatic renewal

Single payment without automatic renewal (all membership categories are eligible)

Why doesn't membership for AMA appear on my state/local medical society dues invoice?

Your membership dues notice will be sent to you directly from the AMA, rather than through your state/local medical society. By directly addressing the needs of our members, we can better communicate with you about important updates to your membership benefits.

We look forward to including you as a member!

You can join online at any time on our secure site, or you can call AMA Member Relations at (800) 262-3211.

What membership options are available to physicians who are retired or semi-retired?

  • Semi-retired ($210): Working 1-20 hours per week and at least 65 years of age or older. Receive JAMA in print and unlimited online access to The JAMA Network, which brings together JAMA and the 9 specialty journals.
  • Fully retired ($84): Fully retired from the practice of medicine. Receive JAMA in print and unlimited online access to The JAMA Network, which brings together JAMA and the 9 specialty journals.
  • Dues exempt: If you are fully retired, 65 or older, and a prior year member, you qualify for this special membership category. In addition to the other benefits of a regular membership, this special category entitles you to unlimited online access to The JAMA Network, which brings together JAMA and the 9 specialty journals. A print subscription to JAMA and the JAMA specialty journals is available at a special rate. To change your status to dues exempt, please contact AMA Member Relations at (800) 262-3211.

When will I be asked to renew my AMA membership?

AMA membership is based on a calendar cycle, so all single-year memberships expire at the end of December. However, you may renew your membership as early as September or as late as March. If you do not renew by the end of March, your benefits of membership and Members-Only registration will be deactivated.

Are my dues tax deductible?

AMA dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal income tax purposes, but may be partially deductible as a business expense.

How long before I receive my member benefits?

Your membership should be posted within two days of receiving your information and payment, and you will receive a confirmation notice shortly after. You should receive your membership materials, which include your membership card, approximately three weeks after your membership has been entered into our database. Allow six to eight weeks to receive your first issue of JAMA.

How do I update my address or phone number?

You may update change your information in several ways:

  • Call AMA Member Relations at (800) 262-3211
  • Email your changes (along with your name, birthdate, medical school and year of graduation) through our secure Contact Us form
  • Visit the AMA Online Data Collection Center

How do I access Members-only information?

All members can register for a members-only username and password. If you are a member and have already registered for a members-only username and password, just enter the information when prompted. If you have forgotten your password, you can choose the password creation program and choose a new password.

Can I use my "Members-only" login to access the journals online?

Currently, separate registration processes are required for the Members-only pages and full-text access to The JAMA Network. Steps are being taken to combine these processes.

Who should I contact with questions about my membership?

Members with questions about AMA benefits, products or services can call AMA Member Relations at (800) 262-3211. Or you can email a member relations representative at msc@ama-assn.org.