About American Medical News

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Navigating the vault

While we will no longer be posting new content at amednews.com, years of our news stories, features and columns remain available. Here are some of the handiest ways to find past items.

American Medical News is the print and online news source for physicians published by the American Medical Association. No other single publication covers the same spectrum of medical news.

The print edition is published in a tabloid-size format 24 times a year. It has a large national circulation that cuts across geographic regions, practice settings and medical specialties. The site features all the content of the print edition plus web-only reporting.

American Medical News is directed to physicians in private practice and physicians on hospital and managed care staffs, in military service and on medical faculties. Of a total print circulation of over 230,000, about 90% are physicians, primarily office-based doctors in primary-care specialties. A large portion of the nonphysician readers are medical students.

The other nonphysician readers include health regulators; legislators and their staffs; staffs of state, county and specialty medical societies; administrators of health programs; and journalists. These professional watchers of the health policy scene make up a small percentage of print circulation, but their work has an important impact on the medical profession and health care in America.

American Medical News’ forte is delivering news about the medical profession not found in other publications. Physicians read American Medical News for its timely and accurate political/regulatory coverage and information on the medical profession, public health, health care reform and practice management. Regular coverage includes such topics as ethics, practice trends and legal issues.

Readership surveys have found that American Medical News is ranked high in terms of its timeliness and accuracy. Readers across all categories turn to it to receive late-breaking, recent news on a variety of medical-related topics. American Medical News’ reporting, writing and design have won numerous prestigious newspaper industry awards.

American Medical News is intended to serve as a credible forum for information affecting physicians and their practices. The content of articles and the opinions expressed are not necessarily endorsed by the AMA.

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