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A bold plan to achieve unity in medicine

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 19 November 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:E13
  1. Ronald M Davis
  1. BMJ USA

    This article originally appeared in BMJ USA

    At the last two meetings of the American Medical Association's House of Delegates—in June and December of last year—participants debated and approved the broad outlines of a bold plan to achieve unity among medical associations. Here in the US the medical profession is represented by a system of medical associations often referred to as “organized medicine” or the “federation of medicine.” At the core of the federation is the American Medical Association (AMA) and its House of Delegates—the AMA's policy-making body comprising 550 delegates representing state medical associations; national medical specialty societies; military services; and special sections for medical students, residents and fellows, young physicians, medical school deans, and international medical graduates.

    As the medical profession in the US has become increasingly specialized,1 2 organizations representing medical specialties and subspecialties have proliferated. About …

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