First Annual Conference Reception, 1947
AAMSE was formed in 1946 as the Medical Society Executive Conference with 69 members. While the first non-MD executive was employed by the Ohio State Medical Association in 1913, it was not until 1946 that AAMSE founding member, Mac F. Cahal, introduced the idea of a professional association specifically for those in leadership roles at medical societies that serve communities around the country:
"...the day has passed when executive employees of county, state and national medical societies must mince around as imposters or interlopers. We have a job to do. I think we can do it better if we have an opportunity to meet together and discuss the many questions that are common to all of us."
-Mac F. Cahal, American College of Radiology
Since then, AAMSE has forged a path for medical society professionals to take a leadership role in the field of medical society management, and the community of medicine at large, through collaboration and sharing of information, tools and resources.
For over 60 years, AAMSE members have continued this tradition of collaboration by taking an active role in addressing and solving the issues and challenges facing the medical community.