The American Medical Association lost at least 3,000 dues-paying members over the past year, continuing a decline that began in 1998, according to a report to be released next month at the AMA's annual advocacy meeting in Atlanta. Membership fell to about 247,000 in 2004, about 2% lower than in 2003 and about 16% below the 1997 total of nearly 294,000 members. The report, by AMA board member J. James Rohack, chairman of the group's membership committee, noted that 2004 "represents another year in which the rate of decline is less than (in) previous years." The AMA hasn't been able to halt its membership drop-off despite spending millions of dollars in the past few years on consultants, focus groups, studies and strategic initiatives. -- by Michael Romano
AMA paid membership shrinks again in 2004
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