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The American Academy of Insurance Medicine

The American Academy of Insurance Medicine (AAIM) is among the oldest medical specialty organizations in the United States.


Our physician members typically serve as medical directors to insurance companies. Members may serve these companies as advisors for underwriting and consultants for claims and disability management. Other roles include medical and actuarial research, underwriting guideline development, employee health education and care, and as professional liaison to the medical community, legislative bodies and regulatory agencies.

History of the American Academy of Insurance Medicine

In 1889, 34 physicians from 27 insurance companies formed the Association of Life Insurance Medical Directors of America (ALIMDA) in New York. By 1990 there were 606 medical director members from 363 insurance companies. Originally it was an organization for medical directors in the United States and Canada, but members from other countries were welcomed as the 20th century progressed.

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