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National Medical Association (NMA) Physician Database Training Project and Information Rx Project

Project/Program Dates: 2001 - ongoing

The National Medical Association (NMA) is the largest and oldest national organization representing African American physicians and their patients in the United States. NMA represents the interests of more than 30,000 physicians and the patients they serve. Established in 1895, NMA is committed to improving the quality of health among minority and disadvantaged people through its membership, professional development, community health education and research. Throughout its history, NMA has focused primarily on health issues related to African Americans and medically underserved populations, however, its principles, goals, initiatives and philosophy encompass all ethnic groups.

In 2001, NLM expanded its activities with the NMA and initiated a project to increase the membership’s usage of NLM’s vast online resources. The objective of this continuing project is to improve the ability of NMA's members to use NLM's resources to 1) remain current in their area of specialty, 2) conduct medical research, 3) involve their patients in clinical trials, and 4) provide consumer level information to their patients. As a result of the database training project, in 2008 and 2009, NMA physicians were introduced to Information Rx and began using Information Rx prescription pads and other materials to refer their patients to MedlinePlus.

The National Medical Association is on the web at: http://www.nmanet.org