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AMA Membership Eligibility

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AMA is your professional ally at every stage. Medicine and its practice are dynamic, regardless of your specialty. We provide the information and tools you need to keep pace in a changing environment. Find out how the AMA can help you make informed, confident decisions when you join the AMA and become part of the nation's most recognized physician organization. Review the eligibility requirements.

Membership Eligibility

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 1st-year medical student enrolled in an LCME- or AOA-accredited program, please enroll through your AMA medical student membership liaison. If you do not know who your liaison is, contact the MSSOP manager at [email protected] or (800) 262-3211, ext. 5324, for assistance.

Conditions of AMA Membership and Application

As part of a physician organization committed to strengthening the ethics of medicine, every member pledges to uphold the Principles of Medical Ethics as interpreted in the AMA Code of Medical Ethics, and to comply with the Bylaws of the American Medical Association and the Rules of the AMA council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs.

Applicants and members are required to disclose to the AMA Office of General Counsel any violations of the Principles of Medical Ethics or unprofessional conduct including actions taken or pending regarding professional licensure, medical staff privileges or felony or fraud convictions. Additionally, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act requires professional societies (such as the AMA) to report certain professional review actions to the National Practitioner Data Bank.

Join or Renew

Make the most of AMA Membership Benefits. Join or renew today.

Ask Questions

Members with questions about AMA benefits, products or services can call AMA Member Service at (800) 262-3211 or email a member relations representative at [email protected].

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