About Georgia State Medical Association, Inc. (GSMA)
Georgia State Medical Association, Inc. (GSMA) is the state affiliate of the National Medical Association (NMA). The State Association was founded in 1893.
Georgia State Medical Association, Inc. (GSMA) is the collective voice of African American physicians and a leading force for parity and justice in medicine and the elimination of disparities in health.
GSMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minorities and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education, advocacy, research and partnerships with federal and private agencies. Throughout its history the Georgia State Medical Association has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations; however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.
GSMA is dedicated to keeping its members abreast of the many rapidly occurring advances across the various medical specialties and the changes affecting medical practice. GSMA hosts an Annual Convention and Scientific Assembly recognized as one of the finest statewide forums on African American health and medicine.
GSMA advocates on behalf of disadvantaged communities in the fight for equitable, effective healthcare and benefits with a presence at the State Capitol. GSMApartners with local, state and federal organizations to expand its influence on key health issues.
GSMA is steadfast in its commitment to the elimination of health disparities and the promotion of healthy lifestyles among African Americans and other underserved populations. GSMA partners with numerous organizations to conduct consumer education programs on cancer, cardiovascular disease, HIV/AIDS, women’s health, asthma, smoking cessation, immunization, clinical trials, as well as other issues that impact the lives of our patients.
The Georgia State Medical Association honors outstanding members and other professionals who have made significant contributions in medicine and toward the work of the GSMA itself.
Members of Georgia State Medical Association serve on the faculties of all medical schools in the state – Morehouse School of Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine, the Medical College of Georgia, and Mercer University School of Medicine.
The administrative office of GSMA is located on the campus of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. The association meets quarterly and holds its Annual Convention each June.
The Georgia State Medical Association Foundation (GSMA Foundation) was established to enable physicians to support medical student education, as well as medical science and public health projects that enhance the quality of life in the state.
The GSMA Foundation is a non-profit, non-stock, 501(c)(3) corporation and GSMA Foundation contributions are tax-deductible.
The Georgia Physicians Association (GPA) is the political action committee of the Georgia State Medical Association. GPA works with elected officials and other community decision makers to develop policy and influence matters that impact our members and their patients.
GPA strongly advocates for policies and legislation designed to narrow the health disparities gap and to improve the quality of life for all Georgia residents. GPA leverages its resources and builds alliances necessary to ensure access to health care, affordable for all Georgia residents, with emphasis on those with the greatest need.