Dr. Julianne Adams Birt, MD
What an honor to serve as the 2017 President of the Atlanta Medical Association. I cannot imagine what they must have felt in 1890 when faced with the injustices of the time while serving their communities in the best way they knew how. But then I realize that health disparities at the turn of the 19th century only foreshadowed the continuing inequalities that would be experienced during next century and even today.
The Atlanta Medical Association (AMA) has been a forerunner for change. Not only has this medical society helped in the establishment of the Georgia State Medical Association but also our parent organization founded in 1895, the National Medical Association. We helped to integrate Grady Memorial Hospital and sought the right of African-American physicians to obtain hospital privileges at every metropolitan Atlanta Hospital in existence today. Our influence and strength as a body continued in the 1970s with the vision and birth of Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA.
Our mission is to act as a resource to optimize the health of our patients and members through political, educational, and social activities. Today, we seek to continue the mission of our organization through our evolving work individually and collectively. It is common to see us roll up our sleeves providing free healthcare services to the underserved and educating the public on a variety of topics, especially those germane to our minority communities. We have written letters to and met with our political leaders with hopes of supporting the ideals of affordable healthcare and access for all. We educate ourselves on the latest technologies and evidence-based medicine to incorporate into our practices. We mentor students who wish to someday join us in our life’s work. And through our 501c3 organization, the Heritage Fund of AMA, we provide scholarships funds for minority medical students who call Atlanta – home.
We invite physicians who reside in metro Atlanta to join us in our efforts. We have a proud heritage and an even brighter future. I have been asked during my service to the AMA, what are the benefits of joining this organization? If you are a physician in metro Atlanta, especially of African descent, my response is simply – how could you not?
In humble service,
Julianne Adams Birt, MD, FACOG
2017 President, Atlanta Medical Association