The Arizona Medical Association is a voluntary membership organization for Arizona physicians. ArMA supports physicians and their patients in many ways through effective communication, financial guidance and thoughtful legislative efforts.
Message from the President
Welcome to the official web site of the Arizona Medical Association (ArMA). We hope you find our site to be interesting and easy to navigate but, most importantly, helpful. Our goal, with this web site, is to provide our members with a wealth of information related to their profession and the running of their practices. To the non-member, we hope you’ll discover how valuable ArMA is to medicine in Arizona and join us in our efforts.
ArMA has advocated for physicians and their patients for more than 119 years. We support our members and their patients in many ways through effective communication, financial guidance and thoughtful legislative efforts. The number one priority of our members is quality patient care – and we do all we can to ensure that happens here in Arizona.
Robert R. Orford, MD(President)
Mission and History
The Arizona Medical Association’s roots date back to the late 1800’s. Then, physicians lacked hospital facilities, and many lived in remote places – unable to obtain assistance or consultations when needed. In 1892, Dr. Joshua Miller, then president of the Maricopa County Medical Society, along with four other physicians, sent a letter to all of the physicians of Arizona, calling a meeting to organize a Territorial Medical Society. A few days later, Dr. Miller was elected the first president of the newly-formed Arizona Medical Association.
ArMA Code of Ethics
Principles of Medical Ethics American Medical Association
Adopted by the Arizona Medical Association
Preamble: The medical profession has long subscribed to a body of ethical statements developed primarily for the benefit of the patient. As a member of this profession, a physician must recognize responsibility not only to patients, but also to society, to other health professionals, and to self. The following Principles adopted by the American Medical Association are not laws, but standards of conduct which define the essentials of honorable behavior for the physician.
I. A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical services with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.
II. A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report those physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.
III. A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
IV. A physician shall respect the rights of patients, of colleagues, and of other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidences within the constraints of the law.
V. A physician shall continue to study, apply and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.
VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to contract, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical services.
VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to an improvement of community and betterment of public health.
VIII. A physician shall, while caring for a patient, regard responsibility to the patient as paramount.
IX. A physician shall support access to medical care for all people.
How does ArMA work?
The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) is a voluntary membership organization for Arizona physicians. ArMA lobbies at the state capitol on issues that affect physicians and patients. Resolutions may be proposed by the board of directors, any member of the house of delegates, any county society, any committee of the association, or a petition signed by 20 or more members of the association. The resolutions are submitted to the house for review.
Procedures of the House of Delegates
The Arizona Medical Association House of Delegates constitutes the voting body of the association and is composed of representatives from county medical societies, direct members, medical students and specialty and subspecialty societies.
The house meets at least once a year at the annual meeting, but special meetings may be held at any time, with appropriate notice, at the call of the board, or upon the call of 20 delegates with delegate representation from at least three county societies.
The house elects all officers and directors of the association except the president, immediate past president and outgoing past president, who shall assume their offices in the year next following their terms as president-elect, president, and immediate and past president. Members of the association who are officers or trustees of the American Medical Association, the editor-in-chief, and the dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine shall automatically be members of the board, without election. The house votes on all memorials and resolutions presented to it; instructs the board on its wishes respecting the operations of the association; when necessary, amends the articles and bylaws; and holds all powers and duties not otherwise specifically delegated.
For more information on the House of Delegates contact Carol Wagner.
Continuing Medical Education Accreditation
The Arizona Medical Association (ArMA) is pleased and proud to offer the service of voluntary accreditation to those providers of continuing medical education within the state of Arizona who wish to be recognized for meeting the high level of quality established by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) and ArMA.
ArMA does not accredit individual CME activities or events. Interested speakers should send a request to speak/present a topic to the List of Accredited Providers, and the ArMA CME Provider may or may not choose to present the CME topic.
ArMA accredits institutions or organizations based on their implemented overall program of CME (see list of accredited provider link below). For further information contact, Sharla Hooper, Associate Vice President for Communication and Accreditation at 800-482-3480 or by email.
How do I get to ArMA?
ArMA is easily accessible from two freeways: I-17 and SR51. To reach ArMA via I-17, take the freeway to the Bethany Home Road exit and travel east on Bethany Home Road. ArMA is located on the north side of the street, just west of 7th Avenue.
To reach ArMA via SR51 take the freeway to the Bethany Home Road exit and travel west on Bethany Home Road past 7th Avenue. ArMA is located on the north side of the street, just west of 7th Avenue.
Where should I park?
Some parking spaces are available on the East side of the building but you will find ample parking behind the building.
House of Delegates
The ArMA House of Delegates constitutes the voting body of the association and is composed of Delegates from the county societies, direct members, specialty and subspecialty societies, ArMA’s Resident Physician Section, and others. The house meets at least once a year at the annual meeting, and special meetings may be held at any time, at the call of the board, or upon the call of twenty delegates with delegate representation from at least five county societies.
The house elects all officers and directors of the association except officers or trustees of the American Medical Association, the editor-in-chief, and the dean of the University of Arizona College of Medicine. The house votes on all memorials and resolutions presented to it; instructs the board on its wishes respecting the operations of the association; when necessary, amend the articles and bylaws; and holds all powers and duties not otherwise specifically delegated.
Board of Directors
The board has the control and management of the affairs of the association, subject only to directives from the house, and has the full power and authority of the house between meetings of the house. The board attempts to carry out all of the objectives and purposes of the association except as may be otherwise provided in the articles of incorporation or bylaws.
This committee consists of the physician officers. The functions of the committee are
(1) review and summarize routine matters and correspondence for board action;
(2) develop policy positions and alternatives for consideration and decision by the board;
(3) develop affirmative plans for the association to consider and be acted upon by the board;
(4) act as an advisor to the executive vice president and conduct annual review of his/her performance and make adjustments to compensation as deemed appropriate; and
(5) study and make recommendations concerning long range and strategic objectives for the association . The committee shall conduct this planning process at least every two years, inviting additional members of the association to participate.
The sections are specialized committees. The sections bring each group together to give them a voice in the house in the form of two delegates each. The sections include: resident physician section, made up of residents; medical student section, made up of medical students; organized medical staff section, responsible for studying the changing hospital/organization policies, informing colleagues of those changes, and protecting the quality of care in Arizona hospitals and in other facilities with an organized medical staff; young physicians section, made up of physicians under age 40; and international medical school graduate section, made up of graduates of foreign medical schools. All delegates must be active members of ArMA.
The Arizona Medical Association Political Action Committee is a board whose purpose is to provide financial support to candidates for statewide offices who generally support the goals and objectives of ArMA.
Articles and Bylaws
The functions of the committee are to serve as a fact-finding and advisory committee pertaining to the articles of incorporation and bylaws and to recommend such changes as is deemed appropriate for action by the ArMA House of Delegates. The committee also responds to resolutions of the house of delegates by issuing an analysis of the resolutions and/or preparing proposed amendments; and responds to directives by the board by issuing an analysis of the directives and/or preparing proposed amendments. All members of this committee will have been members of the association at least five years prior to their appointment.
The functions of this committee are to
(1) develop and implement bioethical educational programs to the benefit of the public, the community of health care providers, and the profession;
(2) review association policies and positions of other organizations with respect to their bioethical considerations;
(3) selectively accept requests for bioethical reviews;
(4) coordinate bioethical research among Arizona’s physicians; and
(5) respond to committee assignments and referrals from the house of delegates.
The treasurer serves as the chair of the ArMA Committee on Finance. The committee acts in an advisory capacity in budgetary and financial matters.
Legislative and Governmental Affairs
The functions of this committee are to
(1) review proposed state legislation and recommend appropriate action in accordance with association policy;
(2) recommend changes in existing association policy when necessary to accomplish effective legislative goals;
(3) serve as a reference committee through which all state legislative issues of the association are channeled;
(4) maintain constant surveillance over the legislative scene and anticipate future legislative needs; and
(5) recommend to the board of directors, when timely, new state legislation and legislation to modify existing laws of interest to the association.
Maternal and Child Health Care
This committee represents the association on all questions relating to maternal and child health care. There are two subcommittees of this committee: Adolescent and Immunization.
Accreditation and Medical Education
The functions of this committee are to
(1) serve as the intrastate accrediting body of local continuing medical education sponsors;
(2) represent the association on all questions relating to medical education at all levels including the College of Medicine of the University of Arizona; and
(3) arrange for scientific meetings.
Ad Hoc-Public Health Committee
This committee was created to review two resolutions. The first one involved public health activities. The goal of the committee was to identify important public health issues, and any potential legislative solutions, and prioritize them.
The second resolution, which was first drafted and adopted in 1987, involved the planning for medical consequences of nuclear war. The goal of the committee was to determine if the current resolution was adequate and accurate.
Committee on Insurance Reform
This committee looks at the large number of insurance related issues as they impact medical care, specifically the interfacing of physicians and patients. (HB 2600-link), which gives patients more control over their HMO’s, was passed in April 2000 and included recommendations from this committee. This committee continues to work to suggest recommendations for insurance reform.
Emergency On-Call Specialists
This committee was formed to look at the problems surrounding emergency departments. The committee found the Emergency Medical Treatment Active Labor Act (EMTALA) was having a dramatic impact on physicians who offer specialty services to emergency departments, which in turn affects the emergency departments. This was found to affect urban as well as rural areas. The committee is working to see what changes are necessary to make things more efficient.