Indianapolis Chinese Medical Association was originally organized in 1997 and became registered as a nonprofit organization in 2006. ICMA is not affiliated with any religious or political organization. The main goals and objectives of ICMA are:
- Serving the Chinese community with free medical consultations;
- Facilitating communication and networking among Chinese physicians;
- Promoting friendship and collaboration among ICMA members and other Asian-American organizations in Indiana.
Qualification for Membership: any individual with a M.D., D.O., M.B., D.D.S., whether or not practicing in the State of Indiana, and/or any individual directly involved with patient care, including, without limitation, chiropractor, nurse, nurse practitioner, physician assistant, physical therapist, or pharmacist, who supports the purposes, goals, objectives and programs of ICMA is eligible for Membership.
One of the primary activities of ICMA is the Free Medical Consultation, which is held annually. Various medical specialists have volunteered their valuable time and skill at the consultations, including physicians from Internal Medicine, Family Medicine, Cardiology, Neurology, Nephrology, Gastroenterology, Pain Management, Physical Medicine, Medical Oncology, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Anesthesiology, Pathology, Radiology, Chinese Traditional Medicine, and Dentistry. Additionally, a pharmacist, nurse and medical assistant have also participated in the consultation.
Other activities that provide an opportunity to promote friendship, networking and education include the summer picnic, annual dinner meeting and journal club meetings. The ICMA Health Newsletter, which is published monthly, pertains to and promotes healthy living and lifestyles, as well as healthy aging.