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History, Mission, Goals


The Arizona Medical Association’s (ArMA) roots date back to the late 1800s. At that time, 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. Over the last 120 years, ArMA has established itself as the advocate for all Arizona physicians. Learn more here about ArMA’s work throughout Arizona history.


On behalf of member physicians, ArMA promotes leadership in the art and science of medicine and advocates for economically sustainable medical practices, the freedom to deliver care in the best interests of patients, and health for all Arizonans.


  • To promote optimal health and medical services for the citizens of Arizona.
  • To determine the most effective organizational structure and communication mechanisms for the Arizona Medical Association.
  • To represent the entire medical profession, including medical students, in Arizona; such representation to include but not be limited to being the advocate of the membership with the legislative, administrative and judicial arms of state government.
  • To expand the role of the association in promoting the standards and clarifying the scope of medical ethics.
  • To provide to individual members benefits and services to aid them in their professional pursuits.
  • To represent the membership in matters pertinent to the economics of medicine.
  • To represent the membership in matters pertaining to medical education, scientific affairs and promotion of the art and science of medicine.