The American Academy of Dermatology is the largest, most influential and most representative of all dermatologic associations. With a membership of over 16,000, it represents virtually all practicing dermatologists in the United States. The Academy is committed to excellence in patient care, medical and public education, research, professionalism and member service and support.
The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons provides education and practice management services for orthopaedic surgeons and allied health professionals. The Academy also serves as an advocate for improved patient care and informs the public about the science of orthopaedics. Founded at Northwestern University as a not-for-profit organization in 1933, the Academy has grown from a small organization serving less than 500 members to the world's largest medical association of musculoskeletal specialists. The Academy now serves more than 31,000 members internationally.
Founded in 1930, the AAP is an organization of 60,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical sub-specialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults.
The American Association for Hand Surgery is an inclusive organization that welcomes members from many disciplines who are interested in the care of the upper extremity. With a membership of over 1100, AAHS represents a diverse but cohesive mixture of highly respected professionals working in all disciplines of hand surgery and hand therapy. Members include orthopedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, general surgeons, microsurgeons, hand therapists, nurses, and basic scientists from the United States, Canada, and many other countries. The AAHS's mission is to foster and promote the highest quality of hand care through the development and sponsorship of educational programs related to the hand and the upper extremity, through communications with health care professionals and the public, and through the endowment of research. Working with its Hand Surgery Endowment, the AAHS and HSE together promote global hand health and international volunteerism.
Representing more than 630 schools of nursing nationwide, the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) is the national voice for baccalaureate and graduate programs in nursing. The AACN, a unique asset for the nation, serves the public interest by setting standards, providing resources, and developing the leadership capacity of member schools to advance nursing education, research and practice.
The AAOMS, the professional organization representing more than 8,800 oral and maxillofacial surgeons and residents in the United States, supports its members' ability to practice their specialty through education, research, and advocacy. AAOMS members comply with rigorous continuing education requirements and must submit to periodic office examinations, ensuring the public that all office procedures and personnel meet stringent national standards.
The mission of the American College of Cardiology is to transform cardiovascular care and improve heart health. The College is a 40,000-member medical society comprised of physicians, surgeons, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists and practice managers. The College is a leader in the formulation of health policy, standards and guidelines. The ACC provides professional education, operates national registries to measure and improve quality of care, disseminates cardiovascular research, and bestows credentials upon cardiovascular specialists who meet stringent qualifications.
The American College of Physicians (ACP) is a national organization of internists and internal medicine sub-specialists - physicians who specialize in the prevention, detection and treatment of illnesses in adults. ACP is the largest medical-specialty organization and second-largest physician group in the United States. Its membership of 126,000 includes U.S. and non-U.S. internists, internal medicine sub-specialists, medical students, residents, fellows-in-training, and affiliate members.
The American Dental Association is the nation's largest professional association of dentists committed to the public's oral health, ethics, science and professional advancement; leading a unified profession through initiatives in advocacy, education, research and the development of standards. The ADA represents more than 155,000 member dentists and has state-of-the-art research facilities where the development and testing of dental products and materials have advanced the practice of dentistry. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry.
The mission of the American Foundation for Surgery of the Hand (AFSH) is to advance the care of hand and upper extremity disorders by supporting exceptional educational opportunities and the highest quality research. Funds raised through the Foundation go toward funding grants for clinical and basic science research studies, international outreach projects, traveling scholarships that enable surgeons from developing countries to visit hand centers in the United States, patient education, educational conferences, and more.
The AOFAS promotes quality, ethical and cost-effective patient care through education, research and training of orthopaedic surgeons and other health care providers. It creates public awareness for the prevention and treatment of foot and ankle disorders. The AOFAS provides leadership and serves as a resource for government, industry and the national and international health care community.
APTA is a national organization, representing physical therapists, physical therapist assistants, and students of physical therapy nationwide. Its purpose is to improve the health and quality of life of individuals in society by advancing physical therapist practice. Consumers can visit www.findapt.us to find a physical therapist in their area, as well as www.apta.org/consumer for physical therapy news and information.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is a non-profit organization, founded in 1964, with overarching goals of improving cancer care and prevention and ensuring that all patients with cancer receive care of the highest quality. More than 25,000 oncology practitioners belong to ASCO, representing all oncology disciplines (medical, radiation, and surgical oncology) and subspecialties. Members include physicians and health-care professionals participating in approved oncology training programs, oncology nurses, and other practitioners with a predominant interest in oncology.
As the world's leading professional organization representing physicians who treat people with cancer, ASCO is committed to advancing the education of oncologists and other oncology professionals, to advocating for policies that provide access to high-quality cancer care, and to supporting the clinical trials system and the need for increased clinical and translational research.
The mission of the global strategy of the American Society of Hematology is to further the understanding of hematology globally through international collaboration, foster the worldwide exchange of knowledge and resources, and enhance clinical care through education and training.
The AAWC is the preeminent, multidisciplinary organization for advanced wound care. As a not for profit association, AAWC gives members numerous benefits to build a collaborative wound care community. The association exists to be the leader in interdisciplinary wound healing and tissue preservation.
With more than 1700 members, the Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for physicians trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers in women. Their purpose is to improve the care of women with gynecologic cancers by encouraging research and disseminating knowledge, raising the standards of practice in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic malignancies and collaborating with other organizations interested in women's health care, oncology and related fields.