[Croatian Medical Association—Branch Zagreb]

Zvonimir Kaić, Snjezana Sain, Mirjana Gulić, Vjekoslav Mahovlić, Zeljko Krznarić
Lijec̆nic̆ki Vjesnik 2014, 136 (11-12): 399-404
The available literature shows us that "Druztvo ljeciteljah u Zagrebus (the Society of Healers in Zagreb) was founded as far back as the year 1845 by a total of thirteen members. This data allows us to follow the role of doctors and health workers in Zagreb through their everyday profession, research, organizational and social work as well as management through a period of over one hundred to seventy years. The Branch Zagreb was active before the official establishment of subsidiaries of CMA which is evident from the minutes of the regular annual assembly of the Croatian Medical Association on 21 March 1948. Until the end of 1956, there was no clear division of labor, functions and competencies between the Branch and the Main Board. Their actions were instead consolidated and the Branch operated within and under the name of Croatian Medical Association. In that year the Branch became independent. The Branch Zagreb is the largest and one of the most active branches of the Croatian Medical Association. At the moment, the Branch brings together 3621 members, regular members--doctors of medicine (2497), doctors of dental medicine (384), retired physicians (710), and associate members (30 specialists with higher education who are not doctors). The Branch is especially accomplished in its activities in the area of professional development of its members and therefore organizes a series of scientific conferences in the framework of continuous education of physicians, allowing its members to acquire necessary points for the extension of their operating license. The choir "Zagrebacki lijecnici pjevaci" (Zagreb Physicians' Choir) of the Croatian Medical Music Society of the CMA and its activities are inseparable from the Branch Zagreb. The Branch is firmly linked to the parent body, the CMA, and thus has a visible impact on the strategy and the activities of the Association as a whole. Most professional societies of the CMA have their headquarters in Zagreb and this is inevitably reflected in their overall function. The Branch Zagreb supports the harmonious development of health care throughout the territory of the Republic of Croatia. Cities of Zagreb and Mainz, are cities--friends and the CMA Branch Zagreb works together and exchanges visits with mem- bers of the Medical Society of Mainz for years. Next year professional and scientific cooperation between the Branch Za- greb of CMA and the Medical Society of Mainz will mark four decades.

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