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.

Hospital,  Codice Squarcialupi, XV century; Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence, Italy

Hospital, Codice Squarcialupi, XV century; Biblioteca Laurenziana, Florence, Italy

To cure sometimes, to relieve often, to comfort always

At the very beginning the scope of the medical art was substantially ‘to comfort’ patients.

However, even today, in a very technological era, when many illnesses can be cured and pain easily relieved, when organ transplant is a real option, even today our patients need to be ‘comforted’.

They need ‘comfort’ to face the reality of a clear diagnosis, to endure the side effects of the treatments, to continue to hope, and, in short, to live the time of the sickness as a meaningful time.

It is interesting to note that the word comfort derives from the Latin root ‘cum -fortis ’. The meaning of this word is suggestive of a relationship (cum = together; fortis = strong) through which the person can acquire strength. This terminology fits perfectly within the relationship caregiver/patient.