The National Arab American Medical Association (NAAMA) is a nonprofit, nonpolitical, educational and humanitarian organization of medical and dental professionals of Arab descent. NAAMA was incorporated in California in 1975 and became a national organization in 1980. Currently, 27 chapters of NAAMA are established in the United States and Canada.
NAAMA is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to offer continuing medical education credits to physicians. In addition to educational, cultural and charitable events organized by the individual chapters, NAAMA sponsors national and international medical conventions annually. International conventions or symposia have been held in Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Morocco, Oman, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Argentina in cooperation with local health officials and medical institutions. National conventions have been held in a variety of cities in North America. The conventions feature a unique blend of educational, cultural, social and humanitarian activities.
In addition to our national and international activities, much of NAAMA’s work is accomplished through our chapters across the country. The NAAMA National Office is committed to aiding the establishment of chapters in various states. The chapters must subscribe to the highest ethical standards and principles advocated by NAAMA and those in the medical profession.
NAAMA produces two publications, Al Hakeem and NAAMA E-News. Our journal, Al Hakeem, covers a broad range of association events and educational and cultural topics in English and Arabic and is distributed electronically. The newsletter, NAAMA E-News, focuses on association news and members.
The NAAMA Foundation, established in 1990, is the charitable and humanitarian arm of the association. The association’s various committees may request grants from the Foundation to fund projects that follow the Foundation’s guidelines for educational and humanitarian medical projects and adhere to the mission of NAAMA.
The NAAMA Auxiliary encourages charitable, educational and cultural enrichment, sponsors fund raisers for the Foundation, oversees the Youth Activity Committee, and assists in enhancing local and national programs. It’s a great day at NAAMA! Membership is open to families of members of NAAMA and other NAAMA supporters who do not qualify for a specific member category.
NAAMA’s goals are:
Professional and Educational
- To enhance the medical knowledge of the members of NAAMA, to contribute to the medical profession, and to support continuing medical education and research.
- To promote professional relationships among members and organizations of the medical profession in North America and the Arab world.
- To create friendly relationships among healthcare professionals who share a common background and who wish to perpetuate pride of heritage.
Charitable and Humanitarian
- To support professional and educational activities aimed at health education and disease prevention in cooperation with community-based organizations and to support general humanitarian activities.
- To provide and to help coordinate routine and emergency medical care to those in need in the Arab world.
- To provide assistance where possible and to serve as an educational resource for medical students and healthcare-related post-graduate trainees of Arabic descent.
- To sponsor speakers, grants, textbooks and other learning materials for medical schools in the Arab world.
Cultural Enhancement for Members and their Families
- To create activities and programs for NAAMA’s youth that highlight their shared Arabic heritage and to foster community spirit.
- To encourage and promote role models within the healthcare profession who inspire and guide the direction of NAAMA’s youth.
- To recognize Arab artistic efforts and endeavors.
NAAMA is proud to have received the following awards:
Organization of the Year by the Arab Communicty Center for Economic & Social Services (ACCESS) of Michigan in 2001
Organization of the Year by the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) in 2002
In-Kind Donor Partner Organization by ANERA (American Near East Refugee Aid) in 2011