The Greater Albuquerque Medical Association (GAMA) is a private, incorporated 501(c) (6), non-profit, dues supported membership organization. Membership is voluntary and limited to licensed doctors of medicine (MD) and doctors of osteopathic medicine (DO), residents and interns living or working in the greater Albuquerque area.
GAMA is a component society of the New Mexico Medical Association. GAMA has a strong professional relationship with NMMS, specialty societies and other medical professional organizations.
Our function as a professional organization is to focus on the interests of physicians and their patients, working to promote the general health of the community.
GAMA addresses issues of importance to our membership including physician and patient advocacy at the local, state, and federal level; professional collegiality, professional ethics, physician/patient relationships, and continuing medical education for physicians and their staff. We represent physicians in every specialty of medicine.
We welcome your interest and look forward to having you as a member.
Persons eligible for membership will meet the geographic requirements established by the Association as defined by the New Mexico Medical Society. The greater Albuquerque area currently includes Bernalillo County and areas of Sandoval, and Torrance Counties. Below are details on membership categories:
Active Members shall have the following rights and privileges: to attend all meetings and social functions of the Association; to vote; and to hold elective office. We have two categories of Active Members:
- Regular Paid Members. Shall meet the requirements set forth in ARTICLE Ill of the Constitution of the New Mexico Medical Society, of a regular paid member: (1) must be a properly certified member of a-component society; (2) must hold the degree of Doctor of Medicine or Doctor of Osteopathy or a Bachelor of Medicine and must hold a license to practice medicine in New Mexico; (3) or he/she must be an intern or resident physician serving in a training program approved by the American Medical Association
- Regular Dues-Exempt Members. Regular dues-exempt membership shall be limited to the provisions specified below in items 1, 2 and 3. Regular dues exempt members have all the rights and privileges of regular members as specified below in Section 1 and 2.
- Emeritus Members. Emeritus members are those physicians who have been regular paid members of the Association who have been New Mexico Medical Society members for five or more years and are no longer in practice, for one of the following reasons: prolonged illness; absence retirement from practice for post-graduate work; or retirement from practice.
- Members who reached 70 years of age are excused from dues.
- A member who has been a member for over five years and because of illness/impairment is working less than 20 hours a week is exempt from paying dues, until such time as that member can return to practice for over 20 hours per week
Special Members shall have the privilege to attend all scientific meetings and social functions of the Association. They may not vote or hold elective office in the Association. We have three types of Special Membership:
- Affiliate Members. Affiliate membership may be conferred on New Mexico physicians who are located in a foreign country or United States possession and are engaged in medical missionary, education, or philanthropic activities, and are granted affiliate membership in the New Mexico Medical Society. Affiliate members shall be exempt from the payment of dues.
- Retired Members. Retired membership status may be conferred on a physician who has practiced medicine in New Mexico for less than five years and elects to retire from practice, or retires due to illness or to do post-graduate work, and who is granted retired membership by the New Mexico Medical Society. A physician who retires from work or practices outside of New Mexico and relocates to this state to live in retirement may also be a retired member. Retired members shall be excused from paying dues and may receive all publications of the Society.
- Honorary Members. Honorary membership may be conferred upon any person who has received honorary membership in the New Mexico Medical Society. Honorary members shall be exempt from the payment of dues. An honorary member of GAMA may include a medical student enrolled in the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, and who is a member of New Mexico Medical Society.