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What is a medical society?

A medical society or association is an organization representing a particular group of medical professionals. For example, the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) advances the specialty of interventional cardiology. SCAI’s members are physicians with special training in procedures that use thin, flexible tubes (called catheters) to treat blocked arteries. 
Medical societies perform a number of important functions for members, including education and advocacy. They also help set standards for excellence in the profession. In simpler terms, medical societies help inform members about new research and developments in the field, and they assist doctors and other professionals in protecting the interests of their patients. Societies keep their members informed through newsletters, Web sites, e-mail, and conferences. What this all means for patients is that if your physician belongs to a medical society, he or she is tapped into a broader professional network whose mission is to inform members about the newest, best practices.
 

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