Professional medical associations and policymaking: perspectives from research and practice

10:30 am–5:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Professional medical associations are considered key stakeholders in shaping and influencing health policy. Yet, there has been limited research and discussion on their role in the context of low- and middle-income countries. In the increasingly globalized world of biomedicine, there are considerable lessons and ideas to be drawn from examining the experiences of organized medicine and policymaking across countries. In this workshop,  new research on the role of professional medical associations in policymaking was shared and also the experiences of practitioners in influencing policy were discussed.  In two interactive sessions, panelists shared their research and experiences, and as a group, emerging themes, methodological challenges, and ideas for further research and action were discussed. 

The workshop concluded with a public dialogue bringing together academics, practitioners and others interested in the role of professional medical associations as key stakeholders in shaping health policy. Drawing on experiences from the US and India, the panelists, in this dialogue, examined critical questions in the context of dynamic policy environments in both countries - whose voices do the associations represent? How do they engage with policymakers and the policy process? And, what is the future for these associations in the face of growing corporatization and patient activation?