Special Information

Membership

Of IMA is open to all the practitioners qualified in modern scientific medicine and registered under Medical Council of India Act. An application for membership of the Association is made to the Honorary General Secretary through one of the local branches and the local branch, after satisfying itself, forwards the application, to the State Branch for onward submission to the Headquarters office which finally accepts it as per the rules. The association has members attached to the Headquarters. Besides there is category of overseas members open to those of Indian colleagues who have either temporarily gone abroad, or permanently settled here. These members are kept in touch with a affairs at home , through IMA News and JIMA – the official publication of IMA,

Every branch holds regular scientific and medical meetings frequently and elects its office bearers once a year. Every State Branch has got a state council on which the local branches under its jurisdiction have representation. These State Councils and its working committees meet as often as necessary to transact business concerning the various problems facing them. All State Branches organize their State Conference every year during which, besides discussing organizational matters, they hold scientific sessions for the benefit of their members from different areas.

All local branches have representations on the central council of the IMA, which necessarily must meet at least twice a year to take stock of the working during the year, lay down policies for the ensuing year, adopt the accounts, pass the budget for the next year and elect the office bearers of the Association at Head Quarters and its Journal Office and other publications at the Annual Meeting of the Central Council. The election of the high offices of the President and three vice presidents is held by ballot through the local branches. This election is complete by the end of September. The elected team takes charge of the office on the conclusion of the Annual meeting of the Central Council and are installed in office ceremonially at the inauguration of the Annual conference of the Association which was held at the 28th December every year, the birthday of the Association. It has been the privilege of the Local branches to invite the Conference a year in advance and all such invitations are considered by the Central Council and a decision taken.

The Association’s day to day working at the Head Quarters office is carried out as per the policies and the directive of the Central council under the supervision and guidance of the Working Committee which meets three times a year. The working Committee has representatives from all States and it deliberates over the current issues. Particular problems are studied by the expert committees on the subject prior to consideration of the working committee. There are 15 such committees. The continuity of these standing committees is maintained by electing one-third members every year. The retiring members are, however, eligible for re-election. Definite terms of reference are laid down for those committees.

The Association has a building of its own in New Delhi to House its Head Quarters and maintains a small Guest House for stay of members, who visit Delhi, from time to time for Association’s work or for their private business. It has become very popular and in great demand.

Some of our local branches and some State Branches in various parts of our country too have their own building and there is a growing feeling everywhere to have a house for the IMA because it helps in organizing the activities better. The IMA has a building at Calcutta which houses the Journal office.

Why ? Become an IMA Member
Privileges of Membership
1. Members of the Association can participate in various programmes organized by the Association and its Branches to which they belong.

2. Members have the right to attend and take part in discussion in all general, clinical meetings, lectures, demonstrations, refresher coursed etc. organized for continuing medical education by the Association.

3. Members have the right to attend medical conferences organised by the Association or any of its branches on such terms as laid down in the bye-laws.

4. Member can move the Central Council and the Working Committee of the Association to take necessary action in matters affecting the medical profession and for the health of the people.

5. Members can join study tours organised within the country or aboard for professional interaction.

6. A Scientific publication monthly Journal of the Indian Medical Association is supplied free to its members. The Journal is of high academic order and enjoys international reputation and recognition.

7. A monthly publication “IMA NEWS” is published from the Headquarters to give its members information about the activities of the Association and other news from the medial world and the same is available to the members at a nominal yearly subscription.

8. Members are stimulated to do research in various aspects of the field of medicine through its academic wings.

9. Member are eligible to compete for various awards instituted by IMA to stimulate original thinking amongst its members particularly young doctors and students.

10. The members of IMA with their families are entitled to stay at IMA Guest House when in Delhi on payment of nominal subsidized charges. This privilege is also available in cities where various Branches are hav9ing accommodation in buildings of their own.

11. Social Security Schemes for the welfare of members are being floated at State lever with the objective of providing assistance to family of members in the event of their death.

12. Post-graduate members of IMA (Ob & Gynaec.) can avail of the special laparoscopic training program & become eligible for purchase of laparoscopes at heavily subsidized rates

13. Members are eligible to procure vaccines for immunization of their patients. They can also avail of contraceptive pills and IUCDS etc. through the good offices of the IMA.

14. IMA Benevolent Fund established to help dependants. Members are even entitled to also secure loans from Benevolent Fund to meet some unpredictable exigencies.

15. IMA members through special arrangements with General Insurance Companies get special insurance covers to protect members against possible medico-legal eventuality during discharge of the their normal professional work.