The Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Society (ACCMA)

Posted July 10, 2010 in Home, Plastic Surgery Societies

The Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association

Dr. Joseph Mele, MD, is an Active Memeber of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association.

Dr. Joseph Mele, MD, is an Active Memeber of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association.

The Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Society (ACCMA), our local county medical society, was established almost 140 years ago. The ACCMA is affiliated with both the California Medical Association (CMA) and with the American Medical Association (AMA).

As per its Web Site, The purpose of the ACCMA is to:

  • Provide a forum for the full and frank interchange of ideas among physicians
  • Secure intelligent unity and harmony within the profession
  • Make effective the opinions of doctors in all scientific, medical, public health, medical economic, and social affairs in which the medical profession has a valid interest or public responsibility

The list of the ACCMA’s achievements are truly remarkable including:

  • The first woman elected president of any national medical society (1895)
  • Established, with its member physicians, health care for low-income patients (1932)
  • Created a non-profit insurance company (1936) which later became Blue Cross of California
  • Created the Alameda-Contra Costa County Blood Bank(1945)
  • Guaranteed Medical Care for all Alameda County Citizens (1947)
  • Created the first medical society-sponsored group professional liability insurance plan (1947)
  • Organized the first multi-casualty airport disaster drill, conducted at Oakland International Airport (1956)
  • Formed the first physician well-being committee (1968)
  • Established the first doctor-owned professional liability insurance company in California: Medical Insurance Exchange of California (MIEC) (1975)
  • Formed the Alameda-Contra Costa Physicians Committee (ACCPAC) as its local political action committee (1989)
  • Created the Credentials Verification Service (CVS) (1996)

For more details see the ACCMA Achievements Page.