AMA Alliance 95th Celebration


The AMA Alliance celebrates 95 years of uniting and empowering physician families with a presentation at its Annual Meeting in Chicago on June 12, 2017.

Decades of Making a Difference

1920’s

  • May 24, 1922: AMA House of Delegates approves of the resolution establishing the Woman’s Auxiliary to the American Medical Association.
  • 60 women from 17 states attended the first annual meeting.
  • First organizational publication “The Bulletin” provided to members.
  • The Right Side of Caduceus official presidential pin designed to be worn by the president and passed on to each succeeding presiding officer.
  • National dues set at $5 per state.
  • First Auxiliary speech to the AMA House of Delegates.

1930’s

  • “ The First Twelve Years” Women's Auxiliary to the American Medical Association historical reference book published.
  • Annual Meeting registrants from all 48 states.

1940’s

  • Membership with affiliate organizations in 37 states.
  • United States Federal Government National awards presented for volunteer support of price control and rationing during WWII.
  • Dues are raised from 25 cents to $1.

1950's

  • Expansion of the Auxiliary to 48 states with over 3,108,341 volunteer hours.
  • Auxiliary supports the American Medical Education Foundation, now known as the AMA Foundation.

1960’s

  • Influential national grassroots action network expanded.
  •  “Operation Coffee Cup” Auxiliary recording by Ronald Regan supporting the King Anderson bill on Federal Health Care of The Aged.
  • The Block Mother Plan for Children’s Safety program.
  • K.O. Polio program promoting of immunizations and vaccinations.
  •  New magazine publication “MD Wife”.

1970’s

  • Membership opened to male spouses, resident physician’s spouses and medical student spouses.
  • First Leadership Confluence held.
  • Name changed to American Medical Association Auxiliary.
  • Dues increased from $4 to $7.

1980’s

  • Auxiliary invited to White House by First Lady Nancy Reagan for “Drug Use and the Family” briefing as part of the “Just Say No” campaign.
  • $1,742,931.68 presented to AMA Foundation from membership fundraising.
  • “Days at the Capitol” held in 39 states.
  • President Ronald Reagan and honors AMA Auxiliary for its drug prevention programs.
  • Dues increased to $15.

1990’s

  • AMA Auxiliary officially becomes the AMA Alliance.
  • October 11, 1995 SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere) program is launched.
  • “Hands are Not For Hitting” and “I Can” health promotions series published with over a million copies distributed nationally.
  • Presidents George H. Bush and William Clinton recognize AMA Alliance SAVE efforts.
  • Dues increased to $25.

2000’s

  • Expansion of SAVE program with AMA Foundation grant for 50,000 conflict resolution puzzle.
  •  “I Can Handle Bullies” booklet and bookmark added to health promotion series.
  • Legislative Education and Awareness Promotion (LEAP) Awards launched.
  • President George W Bush recognizes SAVE program.
  • AMA Alliance joins AMA National Advisory Council focusing on violence and abuse prevention.
  • Partnership with American Legacy Foundation and grant utilization for “Screen Out” advocacy campaign for movies with smoking to be R rated.
  • Dues increased to $50.

2010’s

  • Alliance Health Education Initiative (AHEI) established to promote community health education and charitable endeavors.
  • AMA Alliance Grassroots Honor Fund established in conjunction with the AMA Physician of Tomorrow Endowment. First two $10,000 grants awarded in 2015, one in honor of John Lovin, past AMA Alliance treasurer.
  • Organizational Focus on the Physician Family.
  • Launch of Alliance in Motion and Physician Family magazines. 
  • National advocacy partnership with AMA addressing Opioid Abuse.