These stalwarts ultimately succeeded in formation of the Indian Medical Association and reached an agreement with the British Medical Association that they will have no branch in India, and got mutually affiliated, and the relationship continues till today. Indian Medical Association in the year 1946 helped in organization of the World body, namely, World Medical Association, and thus became its founder member. As an organization it has been, and continues to play an important role in its deliberations.
It hosted the III World Conference on Medical Education under the joint auspices of W.M.A. and I.M.A. in New Delhi in 1966. Today, I.M.A. is a well established organization with it's Headquarters at Delhi and State / Terr. Branches in 29 States and Union Territories. It has over 2,15,000 doctors as its members through more than 1650 active local branches spread all over the country.
- To promote and advance medical and allied sciences in all their different branches and to promote the improvement of public health and medical education in India.
- To maintain the honour and dignity and to uphold the interest of the medical profession and to promote co-operation amongst the members thereof.
- To work for the abolition of the compartmentalism in medical education, medical services and registration in the country and this to achieve equality among all members of the profession.
- a. Promotion and Advancement of Medical and allied sciences in all their different branches.
- b. The improvement of public Health and Medical Education in India.
- c. The maintenance of honour and dignity of the medical profession
The National Headquarter of the IMA is situated at New Delhi, and its Journal Office functions from Kolkata. For Housing the headquarters of the Association, a six storeyed building has been constructed at Indraprastha Marg, New Delhi and a Building of IMA housing the J.I.M.A has also been constructed at 53. Creek Row, Kolkata. President of the IMA and three vice-presidents are elected by most of the members of association, while the Electoral College for the other offices is the Central Council. Similar situation prevails at the State level, under the Jurisdiction of the State Branches. The local branches are established which functions autonomously within the frame work of the IMA constitution. Over 100 local/state branches have their own buildings where provision of stay for members is possible. For those who fulfill the membership qualification, to become a member of IMA, the prescribed form in triplicate is to be filled and given to the nearest branch along with requisite membership fees.