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.
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.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Meet AMA Foundation Board President
Dr. Sarah Sanders served as the 2014-15 President of the AMA Alliance. One of the first committees she chaired at the county level of the Alliance was the American Medical Association Education and Research Foundation Committee, now known as the AMA Foundation.
Dr. Sanders received her bachelor of science in pharmacy and doctor of pharmacy degrees from Purdue University and received a master’s of arts in gerontology from Ball State University. She taught at Butler University College of Pharmacy as an assistant professor and also was a guest lecturer at Temple University School of Pharmacy. Dr. Sanders has volunteered on many boards and committees in the various communities in which she has lived including serving as Chairman of the Board of Directors for Open Door Community Health Services, Inc. in Muncie, Indiana. She is a past chair of the Minority Advocacy Council of Purdue University College of Pharmacy and continues to sit on that council. She also serves as a member of the Strategic Research Advisory Council of Purdue University.
Sarah Sanders, PharmD, President
Jacqueline A. Bello, MDPresident-electNEURORADIOLOGY
Heather A. Smith, MD, MPHSecretaryOBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY
William Sternfeld, MDTreasurerGENERAL SURGERY
Patricia L. Austin, MDImmediate Past PresidentOPHTHALMOLOGY
Joshua M. Cohen, MD, MPHBoard MemberNEUROLOGICAL SURGERY
Willarda V. Edwards, MD, MBABoard MemberINTERNAL MEDICINE
Lisa Egbert, MDBoard MemberOB-GYN
Mary Beth EllisonBoard Member
Jon Ekdahl, JDBoard Member
Russell W.H. Kridel, MDBoard MemberFACIAL PLASTIC SURGERY
Nancy KylerBoard Member
Erica E. Marsh, MD, MSCIBoard MemberOBSTETRICS & GYNECOLOGY