The mission of AAMP is to promote an interdisciplinary dialogue among medical professionals – physicians, nurses, healthcare administrators, scientists, and students – with the aim of building a culture that affirms the dignity of the human person in medical practice.
AAMP will carry out its mission first of all by taking on the planning and organizing the annual MedConference, which started in 2009. The aim of the MedConference is to rebuild a health care system characterized by cutting edge scientific and clinical research along with attention to the totality of the needs of the sick person. Our hope and goal is to restore a more human approach to each patient’s care in order to improve medical care. This conference is an educational opportunity for students and all health care professionals to re-awaken and refresh the ideals that originally lead them to embrace the medical profession and therefore to deepen in their humanity as they carry out their medical practice.
By means of panel discussions, conferences, lectures, seminars and other scientific events, AAMP would like to provide a meeting place where health care professionals can come to dialogue and gain professional credits to rebuild a person-oriented health care.
The American Association of Medicine and the Person (AAMP) was established on May 10, 2011 as a (501)(c)(3) not-for-profit public benefit corporation according to the laws of the State of New York.
The core of the medical profession—the relationship between patient and caregiver—is too often reduced to a mechanical process. The very nature of medical care is at risk, because the care of the patient is reduced to the cure of solely his or her physical being.
However, in front of sickness and death patients are confronted with critical questions, regardless of the outcome of their particular situation: Will I be healed? What is the meaning of this illness? Why is there pain and death? Equally critical questions are faced by medical professionals: Why is it worthwhile to be a doctor or a nurse today? What is at the heart of being a truly human health care professional? What is it that a patient ultimately asks of a caregiver?
The MedConference proposes that the specific mission of the medical profession includes 3 main objectives: to cure the patient or at least to attempt to prevent further development of the disease, to alleviate the associated painful symptoms, especially in the advanced stages of illness, and to attend to all the sick person’s needs and expectations.
Are patients still at the center of our profession? In our work, we focus on accurate diagnosis, treatment plans, technology, and finances. How can the patient still be the impetus of our work? In our quest for perfect solutions, we may find ourselves disregarding or even loathing the limits of today’s biomedical science and of our patients’ life course. We may become too aggressive and try hard to escape failure at all cost. Conversely, in the face of possible failure, we may take it upon ourselves to decide if the life of a patient with a very severe condition is worth living; we give up on them too early or choose to accelerate their end.