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International Association of Therapists & Medical Doctors (IAAT)

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International Association of Therapists & Medical Doctors IAAT
IAAT logo.png
Founded1986
TypeProfessional Association
Legal statusactive
FocusRegistry for the verification of the legitimacy and the professional status of its members (international)
HeadquartersFort Lauderdale, Florida, United States of America
Secretary General
Susan Smith, MD
Head of the Legal Department
John Ernst
Revenue
non-profit
Volunteers (2021)
398 (administration), 23579 (members)
Websitewww.iaat-health.org

The International Association of Therapists & Medical Doctors (IAAT) is a non-profit association founded in 1986. The group was reported to have about 23,579 members in January 2021. It is active worldwide and serves mainly the purpose of a registry and reference point for verifying the legal status of its members. Since verification of licences is a significant issue in many countries due to language barriers and divergent legislations, IAAT is a focal point for obtaining the relevant information about those medical practitioners and therapists who are members of IAAT.[1][2]

IAAT is politically neutral and is committed exclusively to evidence-based medicine. It supports the idea of freedom of choice in therapy and does not take any other position with regard to general or professional political controversies. This is also explained by the fact that the association is active worldwide and political positioning is considered to be inadequate by the association.[3]

History[edit]

Founded by members of a small reference institution in Germany, which in 2019 itself became a chapter of IAAT,[4] the International Association of Therapists & Medical Doctors has rapidly developed into a worldwide organization that, in times of globalization, provides institutions with rapid access to the academic qualifications of IAAT members, especially of those from third world countries with poor bureaucracies. This is the main reason why IAAT membership, which is always free of charge, is unusually difficult to obtain.[5][6]

Membership[edit]

The association accepts new members, however, it has some of the strictest admission criteria of any medical organization in the world. To become a member of IAAT the following is required:[7]

  • The reference of two IAAT members in good standing who have been part of the association for at least ten years.
  • The original or certified copy of birth certificate, passport, university diplomas, license to practice medicine, and other documents during the admission process.
  • A personally written letter explaining why the candidate wants to become a member.
  • An interview with the senior board members.
  • A letter of recommendation from the applicants current employer and at least one former employer.

Positions[edit]

IAAT is politically neutral and is committed exclusively to evidence-based medicine. It supports the idea of freedom of choice in therapy and does not take any other position with regard to general or professional political controversies. This is also explained by the fact that the association is active worldwide and political positioning is considered to be inadequate by the association.[8]

Web[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Gazley B, Kissman K: Transformational Governance: How Boards Achieve Extraordinary Change. Wiley, 2015.
  2. Yearbook of International Organizations 2002/2003. Saur Verlag, 2002.
  3. Mission Statement of the IAAT, retrieved June 20, 2021
  4. History of IAAT and PV. Retrieved May 23, 2021
  5. Prybil, L. Magill, G: Governance Ethics in Healthcare Organizations. (n.p.): Taylor & Francis, 2020.
  6. Website of the German Chapter of IAAT (in English) Retrieved May 22, 2021
  7. Website of the IAAT, section “Membership”. Retrieved May 22, 2021
  8. Gallagher EB: Health and Health Care in Developing Countries. Sociological Perspectives. Temple University Press, 2002


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