What is the cost of membership in OCMA/CMA?

2019 Dues – $1,092.00
OCMA portion – $450.00
CMA portion –  $642.00
Monthly payment option:  $94.00
Resident Member – free
Medical Student Member – free

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Do I have to join both OCMA and CMA?

All California county medical societies are chartered by the California Medical Association (CMA) and when physicians join CMA, they join their county medical society at the same time.

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Who can join OCMA/CMA?

U.C. Irvine School of Medicine medical students

Resident physicians (M.D.s or D.O.s) in a recognized residency program at U.C. Irvine or Southern California Permanente Medical Group.

Physicians (M.D.s or D.O.s) with a valid California medical license who live and/or work within Orange County.

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What is the membership year?

Membership is based on a calendar year:  January 1 – December 31.

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What are my dues payment options?

We accept payment by check or credit card.

You may pay annually or monthly.

For special circumstances, contact Mark Morones, Membership Director, at (949) 398-8103 or mmorones@ocma.org.

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Are my dues tax deductible?

Association dues are not deductible as a charitable contribution for federal tax purposes but may be partially deductible as a business expense.  A portion of your dues is not deductible because of lobbying activities on behalf of its members.

For 2018, 34% of CMA dues cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal tax purposes because of lobbying activities on behalf of CMA members.

For 2017, 34% of CMA dues cannot be deducted as a business expense for federal tax purposes because of lobbying activities on behalf of CMA members.

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What are the different membership categories?

Regular Member:
A physician who is a regular, active member with no unusual membership type.

Resident Physician Member:
A physician who is a resident member.

Medical Student Member:
An individual who is a medical student.

Retired Member:
A physician who is retired.

Affiliate Member:
A physician who is a member of more than one county medical society. An affiliate member would have his or her primary CMA membership with another county in California and would also be a member of OCMA.

Associate Member:
A physician with an out-of-state medical license who therefore qualifies for a special discount membership. An associate member cannot have a valid California medical license.

Government Member:
A physician who receives at least 50% of his or her salary from government.

Leave of Absence Member:
A physician who requests and is granted a special leave-of-absence membership due to illness, maternity, etc.

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Is one automatically a member of AMA if one is a member of OCMA/CMA?

There is no formal relationship between the American Medical Association and OCMA/CMA. 

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I am a member of a specialty society housed in the OCMA building.  Does that make me a member of OCMA/CMA?   As a member of a specialty society housed in the OCMA building, am I entitled to benefits of membership in OCMA/CMA?

Membership in a specialty society housed inside or outside of the OCMA building does not automatically result in OCMA/CMA membership.  OCMA/CMA membership benefits are reserved for OCMA/CMA members only. 

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What Board certifications does OCMA recognize?

OCMA recognizes the following ABMS, AOA, and MBC board certifications:

  • Addiction Psychiatry
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Advanced Heart Failure and Transplant Cardiology
  • Aerospace Medicine
  • Allergy and Immunology
  • Anesthesiology
  • Blood Banking Transfusion Medicine
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Chemical Pathology
  • Child Abuse Pediatrics
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical and Laboratory Dermatological Immunology
  • Clinical Biochemical Genetics
  • Clinical Cardiac Electrophysiology
  • Clinical Genetics (MD)
  • Clinical Informatics
  • Clinical Molecular Genetics
  • Clinical Neurophysiology
  • Colon and Rectal Surgery
  • Congenital Cardiac Surgery
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Cytopathology
  • Dermatology
  • Dermatopathology
  • Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics
  • Diagnostic Radiology
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Endocrinology, Diabetes, and Metabolism
  • Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Family Medicine
  • Family Practice (and OMT)
  • Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Forensic Psychiatry
  • Gastroenterology
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Geriatric Psychiatry
  • Gynecologic Oncology
  • Hematology
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Immunopathology
  • Infectious Disease
  • Internal Medicine
  • Interventional Cardiology
  • Maternal-Fetal Medicine
  • Medical Biochemical Genetics
  • Medical Microbiology
  • Medical Oncology
  • Medical Toxicology
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology (Med Gen)
  • Molecular Genetic Pathology (Pathology)
  • Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
  • Nephrology
  • Neuro-developmental Disabilities
  • Neurological Surgery
  • Neurology
  • Neurology with Special Qualification in Child Neurology
  • Neuromuscular Medicine
  • Neuropathology
  • Neuroradiology
  • Neurotology
  • Nuclear Medicine
  • Nuclear Radiology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Occupational Medicine
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology
  • Pain Medicine
  • Pathology — Anatomic
  • Pathology-Anatomic / Pathology-Clinical
  • Pathology — Clinical
  • Pathology — Hematology
  • Pathology Recertification
  • Pediatric Anesthesiology
  • Pediatric Cardiology
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Dermatology
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine
  • Pediatric Endocrinology
  • Pediatric Gastroenterology
  • Pediatric Hematology-Oncology
  • Pediatric Infectious Diseases
  • Pediatric Nephrology
  • Pediatric Pathology
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
  • Pediatric Radiology
  • Pediatric Rehabilitation Medicine
  • Pediatric Rheumatology
  • Pediatric Surgery
  • Pediatric Urology
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Psychiatry
  • Psychosomatic Medicine
  • Public Health and General Preventive Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Radiation Oncology
  • Radiation Oncology Recertification
  • Radiology
  • Reproductive Endocrinology / Infertility
  • Rheumatology
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Spinal Cord Injury Medicine
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgery
  • Surgery of the Hand
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Thoracic and Cardiac Surgery
  • Transplant Hepatology
  • Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  • Urological Surgery
  • Urology
  • Vascular and Interventional Radiology
  • Vascular Neurology
  • Vascular Surgery

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