The AMA Board of Trustees chartered the AMA Education Foundation (AMA-EF) to raise and disseminate funds in support of medical schools to help relieve budget deficits and aid in resource development.
Who we are
The AMA Education Foundation changed its name to the AMA Education and Research Foundation (AMA-ERF) to also support desperately needed medical research.
The AMA-ERF established the Student Loan Guarantee Program to assist medical students, interns, and residents with low cost loans. Over $95 million was dispersed during the 18-year lifetime of this program. By 1963, one in seven trainees had been assisted by this program.
The AMA-ERF was reorganized and renamed the AMA Foundation to acknowledge the holistic role the AMA Foundation plays in the lives of physicians and the communities they serve. One year later, the AMA Foundation formed its own separate Board of Directors.
The AMA Foundation awards the first Physicians of Tomorrow Scholarship, continuing its legacy of supporting medical students. To date, more than $110 million has been awarded to deserving medical students throughout the country.
Building an engaged network
We are building an engaged network of physicians and communities that will result in targeted, measurable improvement to our nation's health.
Uniting physicians and communities
We are uniting the work of physicians with communities across the country to provide significant improvements for access to high-quality health care to some of our most vulnerable populations.
Identifying best practices
We are identifying and promoting the best models of health care practice and education in order to help scale them across the country.
Developing future leaders
We are developing the physician leaders of tomorrow who will guide the medical profession and provide the highest-quality care to underserved communities.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet AMA Foundation Board President
Dr. Patricia Austin graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Nebraska where she earned BA degrees in Zoology and Mathematics. She went on to obtain her MD degree from the University of Iowa College of Medicine. Dr. Austin then completed her residency in both pediatrics and ophthalmology at UCSF and is a diplomat of the American Board of Ophthalmology. She has served as a past president of the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association and past chair of the department of ophthalmology at John Muir Medical Center. Currently, Dr. Austin is the chair of the board of directors of the American Red Cross Blood Bank and a delegate of the American Medical Association. She performs advanced anterior segment and cataract surgery at the Aspen Surgical Center in Walnut Creek.
Patricia L. Austin, MD, President
FACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
NEUROLOGY & PAIN MANAGEMENT
INTERNAL MEDICINE & GASTROENTEROLOGY
OBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY