Legislative Advocacy / State and National Representation- The Academy's Governmental Affairs Committee and its delegates to the TMA and AMA monitor legislation and regulatory activities in Nashville and Washington to advocate for the interests of physicians and their patients and to insure that their views are expressed and taken into consideration during the policy formation process. In addition to ongoing legislative advocacy efforts, Academy members attend several organized Doctors' Days on the Hill with component societies from around the state that include opportunities to meet with state legislators. This setting provides an opportunity to express our appreciation for the efforts of our state representatives while engaging in a frank discussion of the issues.
Community Advocacy - Issues of public concern are monitored constantly by the Academy in an effort to promote the quality of life in our community. Letters to the editor, guest editorials, guest spots on TV and radio talk shows, magazine articles and other venues are used to address important issues.
Nashville Academy of Medicine Foundation - The Foundation is a 501 (c)(3) not-for-profit entity which enables Medical Society members to contribute to medical education and to endow the future of the medical profession.
Meetings - The Nashville Academy of Medicine's Board of Directors meets every month on the third Tuesday to manage Academy business. Several standing and ad-hoc committees meet to pursue issues and/or prepare responses to issues affecting the medical profession. The Academy holds its Annual Gala/Dinner Dance in January. There are also several educational and social meetings throughout the year.
Grievance Process-Through the Grievance Committee, the Academy helps patients and members resolve misunderstandings, communication difficulties and fee disputes. The Grievance process helps to assure the highest ethical standard is adhered to in the physician-patient relationship.
Ethics Review - The Medical Society's Judicial Council addresses peer disputes. The Council adheres to the rules promulgated by the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) and the TMA Extant Grievance and Disciplinary Manual.
BENEFITS OF MEMBERSHIP
Car Stickers - The Academy supplies members with discreet car identification permitting access to physician parking areas at local hospitals. Call the Academy to get yours.
NAM News- A bi-weekly e-newsletter of current events and pertinent news that affects members. To subscribe, click here.
Mailing and Label Service - The Academy provides labels and a full mailing service at reasonable rates for medically-oriented correspondence. This is particularly helpful for office relocations and new physicians. Call (615) 327-1236 for more information.
Physician Referral Service - Free to our members and the public, the service provides hundreds of referrals each year in the specialty and area requested. Call (615) 327-1236 for more information.
Membership Directory - The annual pictorial membership directory is published each June and facilitates professional referrals and recognition.
Media Liaison - The Academy works with the media to respond to requests for information and to facilitate interview opportunities for members.
Professional Development - Membership meetings, seminars, forums on important issues and training opportunities are among the professional development opportunities offered to members.
www.nashvillemedicine.org - The Academy's website is a comprehensive source of information about the Nashville Academy of Medicine, and offers links to other relevant medicine-oriented sites.