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  1. Who can join the NMA?
    Active Membership is open to all regular physicians and Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) licensed to practice medicine in any state or territory of the United States and in the District of Columbia.
    Associate Membership is open to 1) physicians who are members of chartered medical organizations in non-U.S. countries, 2) U.S. physicians who are located in foreign countries engaged in medical missionary work, 3) physicians and non-physicians engaged full-time in academic teaching in an accredited medical school and not engaged in clinical practice, and/or (4) Allied Health Professionals.

    Post Graduate Physician Membership is open to physicians in training in an accredited medical education program.

    Student Membership is open to students duly matriculated in an accredited medical school.

    Resident/Fellows membership is open to those in medical residencies and or fellowships.

    Emeritus Membership who have been members in good standing for twenty consecutive years and have reached the age of seventy (70) or are completely disabled, upon application to the Executive Director and approval by the Board of Trustees.
  2. How much does it cost to join the NMA?



    Physician/Regular Membership : $495
    Doctors of Osteopathic Medicine : $495
    First Time Physician Member : $250
    Physician/First Year in Practice : $215
    Physician/Second Year in Practice : $345
    Physician/Active Military Duty : $255


    Full Time Medical Teaching Faculty : $210
    Member Non-US Medical Society : $210
    Medical Missionary in Non-US Country : $210
    Doctorate/PH.D. in the Medical or Health Profession : $210
    International Membership : $210
    Allied Health Professional : $210

    Resident/Fellow : $40


    EMERITUS : Waived
  3. What does membership in the NMA offer physicians?
    While you’re looking out for your patients’ lives, the National Medical Association is looking out for your livelihood. Now, more than ever, NMA needs you to be part of its collective strength. The challenges you face as an African American physician are staggering. African American physicians treat more African American patients, more poor patients, and sicker patients than most other physicians. With the resurgence of old diseases and the resistance of newer ones, escalating health care costs, changes in the crucial health programs and health delivery systems, and little improvement in the overall health status and mortality of African, more than ever, the NMA is hard at work supporting your interests.
  4. How long is the NMA membership period?
    Membership in the National Medical Association is on a calendar years basis from January 1 through December 31.
  5. What are the advantages of renewing membership early?
    Membership in the NMA is based upon the calendar year. Accordingly, joining or renewing membership early in the year is a good way of getting the most out of the membership season, but more importantly the Association offers opportunities abound throughout the year. Through training seminars, regional meetings, quality professional member benefits and much, much more - - the NMA has a number of ways to participate throughout the year! $50 discount for some categories.
  6. What if I forget my member identification number or loss my membership card?
    If you forget your identification number or loss your membership card simply contact NMA’s Membership Services Division at (202) 347-1895, ext. 220 to request a duplicate identification card.
  7. After I’ve joined. How long before I start receiving benefits:
    Immediately after joining online you can use your personalized membership ID number to log on to NMA’s “Members Only” pages on the web site and access your benefits. Allow four weeks for the arrival of your first issue of the Journal of the National Medical Association. You will receive your membership packet within 10-14 business days.
  8. How do I update my member record?
    Update your information online by logging into the NMA Member Central section, under Membership. Or you can send changes to NMA’s Membership Services Division via phone, fax or e-mail at
  9. May I pay my membership dues online?
    Yes. Log on to and Click on “NMA Member Central.” You may also call Membership Services at 1-800-662-0554, and someone will take your information over the phone, or fax your membership application. (See the NMA Directory for contact information.) Must have user name and password to renew online.
  10. When I join the NMA, am I automatically enrolled in my state or local society of NMA (or vice versa)?
    No. The NMA and the state and local societies enrollments are separate.
  11. Are there advantages to early NMA membership renewal?
    NMA offers a $50 discount on “Regular” NMA Membership dues received on or before February 1. You can take advantage of current year income tax deductions by paying your dues for the upcoming year.
  12. Several physicians in my organization belong to NMA. Can we pay our dues all at one time?
    Yes. Include a summary page with names of members and amounts and attach individual membership applications

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