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Foundations of AAMC History

This digital collection of historical AAMC documents was selected from larger collections. The most recent addition, the advisory boards collections, contains documents from five of AAMC's advisory boards and its annual reports. The Foundations of AAMC History also contains content from the "AAMC Collection".

Advisory Boards Collections (new!)

The AAMC has five advisory boards that are each represented on its Board of Directors. The advisory boards series includes documents from each group, such as meeting minutes and agendas, various committee materials, reports, newsletters, and other publications.

  • Council of Academic Societies (CAS, now the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS))
  • Council of Deans (COD)
  • Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH®)
  • Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)
  • Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
  • AAMC Annual Reports

AAMC Collection

This collection contains some of AAMC's earliest documentation and includes its historical constitution and bylaws, various historical documents, program announcements from member institutions, positions statements and organizational proceedings.

  • Constitution By-laws and Actions of Governing Boards
  • Historical Documents
  • Members (program announcements)
  • Position Statements
  • Proceedings

Read more about the collections on About the Foundations of AAMC History page.

This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Department of Health and Human Services, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the University of Maryland Baltimore and supplements a n earlier grant funded by the same organization under Contract No. N01-LM-6-3502.

Advisory Boards

Council of Academic Societies (CAS, now CFAS)

Formally established in 1966, the Council of Academic Societies (CAS), now known as the Council on Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS,) provided official representation in the Association for almost every clinical and basic science discipline. CAS was comprised of “persons identified with the classical medical school departmental disciplines.” 

On July 1, 2013, CAS ended and the Council of Faculty and Academic Societies (CFAS) was established in its place. 

These documents cover the years 1967–1989.  

Council of Deans (COD)

The Council of Deans (COD) was officially created on November 4, 1968. Since its creation, COD has focused on providing medical school deans with the knowledge and tools necessary to become effective administrators. COD identifies issues affecting academic medicine and helps develop strategies to achieve the various missions of medical schools.

These documents span the years 1969-1997.

Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH®)

cothOn November 2, 1965, at the AAMC Annual Meeting, the Teaching Hospital Section of the AAMC was officially rebranded as the Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH) The first director of COTH, Matthew F. McNulty, Jr., established the Council to “develop, through the appointment of specific study groups, information concerning specific items or problems relating to hospital operation as it relates to the furtherance of education in medicine.” 

These documents cover the years 1967-1999.

Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)

The Residents' ReportThe Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) grew out of the AAMC’s need for a formalized process for working with residents on their issues and concerns. The ORR became an official part of the AAMC in 1991.  Its mission is to improve resident physician education and training for the purpose of improving the quality of healthcare.

These documents span the years 1991-1999.

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)

OSR AAMC Bulletin BoardThe Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) developed in 1971 as a result of medical student protests to be included in all AAMC activities. The OSR has the following goals: to provide a forum for medical students to discuss issues among themselves, to give an official voice to students within the AAMC, to allow students to actively participate in the governing decisions of the AAMC, and to establish a way for students to take action on key healthcare issues. 

These records cover the years 1971-1996.

AAMC Collection

Annual Reports

1971-1972 Annual ReportSince 1962, the AAMC has produced an annual report covering the association’s governance, staff and committee activities, other highlights and finances of for the year.

These reports span the years 1962-2000. 

Constitution By-laws and Actions of Governing Boards


This series includes the AAMC’s constitution, by-laws and corresponding  amendments from 1894-1999.  It also includes actions taken at meetings of the Executive Council (now the Board of Directors), the Council of Academic Societies (CAS), the Council of Deans (COD),  the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) and the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) advisory boards.  These records cover the years 1972-1977.

Historical Documents

This series includes resolutions, procedures, correspondence, and background information regarding the AAMC’s organization and its activities. 

The documents here span 1876-1990.


This series includes “announcements” from various medical schools describing their courses, faculty and students. 

These documents cover the years 1836-1881, although the bulk of them are from 1880-1881.

Position Statements

These statements articulate the AAMC’s position on various issues such as biomedical research, graduates of foreign medical schools, Veterans Affairs funding, etc. 

These records cover the years 1951-1998.


These are the proceedings from the AAMC’s annual meeting.  For many years, the Executive Council only met once a year at the Annual Meeting from which the proceedings were published.  Eventually, the Executive Council met several times a year and had additional conference calls, but did not meet during the Annual Meeting. 

The annual meeting proceedings cover 1876-1987.