In 1928, the Women’s Auxiliary to the Knox County Medical Society was formed by seven Doctor’s wives with the purpose of giving aid to their husbands in the community. Seeing no reason for their wives to be concerned with their business, the physicians discouraged the formation of the Auxiliary. Not to be deterred, the women began meeting in their homes, paying no dues and with the disapproval of their husbands. The doctors soon realized their spouses’ true value.
Mrs. Oliver Hill, Sr. became the first KAMA President in 1928. Mrs. Hill went on to become the first State President from Knoxville in 1932. The Auxiliary/Alliance has produced many state presidents, gone through several name changes and dues increases since then, but their mission has always stayed the same—to promote health education programs that impact the welfare of the community and to encourage friendships among its membership.
Today, KAMA’s physician spouses are in all phases of their careers from residency through retirement. The Alliance meets throughout the year and participates in many community, special interest, and philanthropic activities such as:
- Doc Rock
- SAVE (Stop America’s Violence Everywhere)
- Impact & Legislation
- AMA Foundation
- Health Promotions
- Book Club
- Monthly Meetings
- Television – “Healthline”
There are many programs, committees, and areas to share your special talents and skills. The Alliance benefit of membership allows you to make lifelong friends and become involved in the fellowship and support of spouses and families of today’s physicians