On behalf of the 4,600 physician members of the Alameda-Contra Costa Medical Association (ACCMA), welcome to the East Bay medical community!

The ACCMA and California Medical Association (CMA) are your local and state professional associations, unified in promoting the ethics and standards of the medical profession, improving the public health and representing the interests of physicians and patients. Our ability to continue meeting the needs of the medical profession in the future depends on your active involvement as part of the next generation of physicians.  We offer complimentary membership to medical students and residents, and provide a number of membership benefits just for students and residents.

How much does it cost for medical students to join the ACCMA and CMA?

In recognition of the limited funding available to most residents, ACCMA and CMA membership is offered on a complimentary basis for the duration of your medical training.  This is made possible by a scholarship fund that was created from donations made by scores of physicians who recognize the importance of your involvement. To qualify, you must be in an intern, resident or fellow in an ACGME accredited training program in Alameda or Contra Costa counties, specifically programs affiliated with Alameda County Medical Center, Children's Hospital Oakland, Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, and Kaiser Oakland. 

Once I become a member, how can I get involved?

For residents who do have some time and interest in getting more involved, there are a number of ways residents can get involved in the ACCMA and CMA.  Here are just a few examples specifically suited for residents:

  • Statewide Resident and Fellow Council: The CMA maintains a governing council of residents and fellows representing physicians-in-training from across California.  East Bay residents are slotted two seats - one delegate and one alternate delegate - to represent the ACCMA on the council.  To qualify, you must be a current ACCMA/CMA resident member.  Governing council participants attend 2-3 meetings per year, including serving as the resident and fellow delegation to the CMA House of Delegates, CMA's policy making body that establishes CMA's legislative, regulatory and public health priorities.  If you are interested in representing the ACCMA and East Bay residents on the CMA governing council, please contact the ACCMA.
  • Annual Meeting and Dinner in Berkeley: Connect with over 200 physicians and community leaders at the ACCMA Annual Meeting and Dinner, usually held the second Friday of November.  This short, fun, entertaining event is a great way to network with practicing physicians in the community, and discounted tickets are available for medical students and residents. Check the Upcoming Programs page to register, or contact the ACCMA.  
  • Host a Presentation: The ACCMA welcomes opportunities to make presentations at noon grand rounds programs on health care policy and public health topics.  With access to many of the top health care policy experts over 3,100 physician members of all specialties, the ACCMA can be a great source for speakers.  If you would like to arrange a presentation for your program, please contact the ACCMA.

Application for Interns, Residents and Fellows