About the Office of International Relations

The AMA is engaged in targeted areas of international activity under the guidance and direction of the Office of International Relations (OIR). 

Although our domestic focus is primary, the AMA increasingly addresses health care issues in a “global neighborhood.” The OIR:

  • Provides a global perspective for the AMA and maintains the relationships with national medical associations and global health care organizations. 
  • Builds relationships with counterpart national medical associations to leverage the AMA’s expertise, develop contacts, and open opportunities. 
  • Works through the World Medical Association (WMA) to promote AMA’s objectives and policies.
  • Assists in securing AMA representation at the World Health Organization’s annual World Health Assembly.
  • Engages with other countries to learn how they structure their health care systems, and how they deal with common issues like care in rural areas, shortages of physicians, poverty, and disparities.

In addition, the OIR leverages its experts to engage with international influencers, including:

  • AMA Councils (CSAPH, CMS, CME, CEJA) and staff
  • Specialty societies
  • Medical education and licensure entities
  • Human rights organizations
  • The United Nations (UN)
  • The World Health Assembly of the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • The Department of State
  • The Department of Defense
  • The Department of Health and Human Services

Supporting and representing physicians

The OIR is dedicated to serving as a champion of physicians in globalized health care. Learn more about the AMA’s international involvement or join the AMA today.

Recent events

Japan Medical Association's 72nd Anniversary Ceremony

Barbara L. McAneny, MD at JMA's 72nd anniversary

Past AMA president Barbara L. McAneny, MD, represented the AMA at the Japan Medical Association's 72nd Anniversary Ceremony and the 7th International College of Person Centered Medicine.

These events were held on Nov. 1-2, 2019 in Tokyo, Japan.

National Doctors Day

Patrice A. Harris, MD, at National Doctors Day

AMA Immediate Past President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, was a speaker at the National Doctors Day in Taiwan and met that country's president while there, also in November, 2019.

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