AMA membership decline slowing, ranks show more diversity

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted July 11, 2005

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The American Medical Association reports that it had 244,530 members in 2004. That's 2.5% fewer members than in 2003. Membership has been declining for a number of years, but in recent years the rate of decline has slowed. For example, in 2002 membership declined 6.4% to 260,455, and in 2003 membership declined 3.7% to 250,830.

The AMA said it was on track to continue to quell the decline in 2005. Year to date, there are more full-dues-paying members than last year at this time. Also, the Association said it was showing more signs of diversity within its membership this year, with a 6.3% increase in women members and a 6.1% increase in the number of young physicians joining.

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