Medical Association of Georgia
The Medical Association of Georgia (MAG) is the leading advocate for physicians in the state. MAG focuses on legislative and legal and third party payer issues.
MAG was founded in 1849.
MAG’s mission is to, “Enhance patient care and the health of the public by advancing the art and science of medicine and by representing physicians and patients in the policy making process.”
MAG has more than 7,800 members, including physicians in every specialty and practice setting. MAG's membership has increased by more than 35 percent since 2010.
MAG’s state legislative priorities for 2016 include preserving physician autonomy, Medicaid, health insurance and increasing access to care, tort reform, and prescription drugs.
There are 50 county medical societies in Georgia. MAG enjoys a close working relationship with these constituent groups, as well as specialty societies and other state medical associations and the American Medical Association (AMA).
The House of Delegates (HOD) is MAG's primary legislative and policy-making body. It generally meets in conjunction with MAG’s annual meeting. It can also be convened in special session to conduct extraordinary business. The HOD consists of delegates who represent county medical societies, specialty societies that meet minimum membership requirements, and a number of sections – including International Medical Graduates, Medical Students, Resident Physicians, and Young Physicians.
The MAG Board of Directors and the MAG Executive Committee decide association matters between HOD meetings.
MAG has a number of committees, including Annual Session, Constitution and Bylaws, Continuing Medical Education, Council on Legislation, Correctional Medicine, Electronic Health Care, Finance, Judicial Council, and Third Party Payer.
While MAG and AMA are separate organizations, MAG's HOD elects an AMA delegation to represent Georgia’s physicians at the national level.
MAG’s president for 2016-2017 is Steven M. Walsh, M.D., a surgeon from North Atlanta.
MAG’s executive director/CEO is Donald J. Palmisano Jr.
MAG dues for newly licensed physicians in Georgia are free for the first year. Dues for other first and second-year members are $275 per year, which increases to $500 per year in the third year and beyond.
MAG offers membership discounts to groups of 20 or more physicians.