The Association of American Physicians is a nonprofit, professional organization founded in 1885 by seven physicians, including Dr. William Osler, for “the advancement of scientific and practical medicine.” Now the Association is composed of over 1300 active members and approximately 600 emeritus and honorary members from the United States, Canada and other countries. The goals of its members include the pursuit of medical knowledge, and the advancement through experimentation and discovery of basic and clinical science and their application to clinical medicine. Each year, individuals having attained excellence in achieving these goals, are recognized by nomination for membership by the Council of the Association. Their election gives them the opportunity to share their scientific discoveries and contributions with their colleagues at the annual meeting.
Founded in 1908, the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI) is one of the oldest and most respected organizations dedicated to physician-scientists. Each year, the ASCI elects up to 80 members in recognition of their significant contributions, at a relatively young age, to their respective fields. At the Joint Meeting, the ASCI officially welcomes these new members, in addition to highlighting recipients of the Stanley J. Korsmeyer Award (first awarded in 1998), the Harrington Prize (2014), and the Seldin-Smith Award (2016). The ASCI self-publishes the Journal of Clinical Investigation (founded in 1924) and JCI Insight (2016).
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is a national organization dedicated to addressing the needs of future physician-scientists with respect to their training and career development. APSA was founded in 2003 by trainees, for trainees and held its first annual meeting in 2005. Members of APSA hail from over 100 institutions in the United States and worldwide and represent trainees at all stages, from undergraduates about to enter medical school to residents and fellows nearing the end of their training path. APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of science and medicine.