History of MMA

On July 23, 1853, John H. Murphy and 10 young physicians gathered at the new St. Paul courthouse for the first ever medical profession convention. This convention was the formation of the Minnesota Medical Society. The 11 young physicians voted Thomas Potts of St. Paul, their president. The group adopted a constitution and bylaws. Within this constitution was the article titled: "The Objects of the Society." The objects included: the elevation of professional character; the protection of all measures...[designed] to improve health and protect the lives of the community; the advancement of medical knowledge; and the protection of the interests of its members.

2008 The MMA worked at the Minnesota Legislature to pass health care reform legislation that includes many aspects of the MMA's vision for health care reform.


2007   The MMA achieved its top public health priority with the passage of the Freedom to Breathe Act, which prohibits smoking in restaurants and bars.


2006   The MMA brought together influential leaders in health care, business, state government, labor, education, and consumer advocacy to form an independent group, Healthy Minnesota: A Partnership for Reform.



2005 The MMA released its health care reform vision, Physicians' Plan for a Healthy Minnesota. The MMA's reform plan stirred interest and discussion, after being released in 2005.


2003   Gov. Pawlenty proclaims July 23, 2003, the MMA's 150th anniversary, Minnesota Medical Association Day.


2000   The MMA successfully advocates for a prompt pay law.


1997 The MMA convinces the Legislature to reduce the MinnesotaCare tax from 2% to 1.5%. The MMA succeeds in eliminating the $400 surcharge on physician medical licenses.



1989   The MMA and Utah Medical Association form the Geographic Coalition to raise awareness of geographic disparities in Medicare reimbursement and work for their correction.



1987   Only 14 percent of drivers wear seatbelts. The MMA successfully pushes for a law requiring seatbelt use.



1986 The MMA successfully advocates for tort reform legislation that addresses frivolous malpractice lawsuits.


1984   The MMA helps found the anti-tobacco group Minnesota Smoke-Free 2000.


1980   The MMA launches its physician-owned liability company, the Minnesota Medical Insurance Exchange in response to skyrocketing premiums.



1975 The MMA successfully pushes for Minnesota's Clean Indoor Air Act--the first in the nation.



1947   The MMA begins a nonprofit prepaid medical service, Minnesota Medical Service Inc.


1940   The MMA creates a Committee on Medical Testimony to investigate and study cases referred to it by judges who believe that false medical testimony has been deliberately given.


1928 The MMA works with legislators to pass the Basic Science Bill, which helps set standards for the education and qualifications of practicing health care providers and allows the state to prosecute illegal practitioners and quacks.



1926   The MMA begins to encourage regular health examinations for patients.



1925   Malpractice legislation proposed by the MMA becomes law.


1918 The MMA launches the journal Minnesota Medicine.


1903   The Minnesota State Medical Society changes its name to the Minnesota Medical Association.



1891   The first expulsion from the Minnesota State Medical Society is enforced due to advertising that is considered unethical.



1888 The Minnesota State Medical Society supports the creation of the University of Minnesota's medical school.



1887   The Minnesota State Medical Society persuades the Legislature to pass the nation's first state law requiring physicians to be examined by a board of medical examiners in order to practice.



1883   The Minnesota State Medical Society helps overcome resistance to the new antiseptic surgery or Listerism-paving the way for surgical advances.



1880 The Minnesota State Medical Society admits three women physicians.



1872   The Minnesota State Medical initiates legislation that creates a state board of health, only the third in the nation.



1871   The Minnesota State Medical Society seeks and obtains passage of a law for the registration of vital statistics.


1870 The medical society adopts an amended constitution and bylaws, which establish a mechanism for examining prospective members for the diploma of membership in the society.



1869   The Minnesota Medical Society reorganizes as the Minnesota State Medical Society.



1853   The Minnesota Medical Society is formed.
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