Indian Medical Association

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Indian Medical Association
Indian medical association logo.JPG
HeadquartersNew Delhi
  • Indian Medical Association, IMA House, I.P. Estate, Next to Vikas Minar, New Delhi - 110002
Region served
3,17,458 as of 30.11.2019[1]
Secretary General
Dr R. V. Asokan

The Indian Medical Association (IMA) is a national voluntary organisation of Doctors of Modern Scientific System of Medicine in India, which look or care after the interest of doctors or the well being of the community at large.[2][3][4][5][6][7] It was established in 1928[8] as the All India Medical Association, renamed "Indian Medical Association" in 1930. It is a society registered under The Societies Act of India.

With over 305,458 member doctors[9] through more than 1,700 active local branches in 29 States and Union Territories in India,[10] it is the largest association of physicians and medical students in India.

It is headquartered in Calcutta (Kolkata). The general control management and direction of the policy of the Association is vested in the 'Central Council' to which local branches send representatives and which meets once a year to lay down policies. It delegates its powers to a Working Committee (A representative body of all state Branches) for implementation of programmes and activities.[11] This committee meets at least three times a year to execute various activities for welfare of members and the people in matters of health.[12][13][14]

The Indian Medical association is a founder member of the World Medical Association.[15]

Journal of the Indian Medical Association

The Journal of the Indian Medical Association, popularly known as JIMA, is indexed in the index medicus. It is a monthly journal and has the largest circulation of all the indexed journals in the world with over 240,000 subscribers for its electronic version.[16][17] The journal is also available in microfilm through Bell & Howels, US.[18] The Journal was founded by Sir Nilratan Sircar, Bidhan Chandra Roy, Kumud Sankar Ray and other scholars and doyens of the medical profession in 1930. The Journal office is in Calcutta.

Indian Medical Association-Junior Doctors' Network

The Indian Medical Association also includes Indian Medical Association – Junior Doctors Network which is an official wing for junior doctors.This new initiative Indian Medical Association-Junior Doctors Network was started with the goal of bringing all the young doctors of our country underneath one roof i.e. Indian Medical Association, IMA Headquarters New Delhi. The Junior Doctors' Network (JDN) is an international platform where junior doctors can facilitate an open dialogue of global events and activities that are relevant to their postgraduate training, and the World Medical Association (WMA).

Indian Medical Students' Association

On 5 October 2013, Indian Medical Students' Association (IMSA) was inducted as official students wing of Indian Medical Association. It claims to have more than 50,000 members from different medical colleges in the country and aims to promote new endeavours among medical students in India.[19][20] The IMA-SW now includes 25 state chapters throughout the country.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ Website of the Indian Medical Association
  3. ^ IMA supports Maneka Gandhi's view on making pre-natal sex determination compulsory
  4. ^ Need to revive nursing profession in India: IMA
  5. ^ IMA to create awareness about anti-child abuse laws among doctors
  6. ^ IMA to create organ donors' registry in Kerala
  7. ^ Soon, special medical camps for pregnant BPL women
  8. ^ Website of the Cochin Medical Association
  9. ^ Indian Medical Association member list
  10. ^ Article on Indian Medical Association in Japan Medical association Journal
  11. ^ Website of IMA-Cochin
  12. ^ World Hypertension Day: Pune IMA to hold BP checkup camps - See more at:
  13. ^ Verdict reserved on healthcare firms’ plea
  14. ^ Indian Medical Association Asks Doctors Not To Advertise 'Guaranteed Treatment'
  15. ^ "History of the World Medical Association". Archived from the original on 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-06-04.
  16. ^ JIMA page of IMA
  17. ^ Journal description on ResearchGate
  18. ^ SCImago Journal and Country Rank
  19. ^ Annual International Research Conference of the Indian Medical association - Students Wing
  20. ^ Indian Medical Association: Student’s Wing & Young Doctors’ Wing to go on SATYAGRAH and Press NOTA IMA, New Delhi, India