J Korean Med Assoc.  2020 Jun;63(6):323-329. 10.5124/jkma.2020.63.6.323.

Governance system of the American Medical Association

  • 1Research Institute of Healthcare Policy, Korean Medical Association, Seoul, Korea


This study aims to provide essential information to improve the organizational system of the Korean Medical Association (KMA) by reviewing the organizational structure and decision making process of the American Medical Association (AMA). This study investigated the composition and the roles and responsibilities of the AMA—the House of Delegates, the Board of Trustees, Councils, and Sections. It also reviewed the duties and privileges of the AMA officers. The AMA establishes policies through meetings with delegates who represent the diverse characteristics of its members through the House of Delegates. In addition, Council experts from various fields under the Board of Trustees create policy alternatives. These are aggregated into the AMA policy. To recognize the KMA as the best group of medical professionals, both the organizational structure and the decision-making process of the KMA must be established in order to maintain a consistent policy.


Korean Medical Association; American Medical Association; Organizational structure; Decision-making process
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