About Us

The Chinese Medical Doctor Association (CMDA) is a national, voluntary, not-for-profit, professional association of 4.6 million medical professionals in China. Representing the collective view of Chinese physicians, surgeons, medical researchers and healthcare workers, CMDA is committed to advocating for better public healthcare and providing leadership for the Chinese medical community.

Founded in 2002, CMDA was registered with Ministry of Civil Affairs as a primary-level national association and organized under the Medical Practitioners Act 1999, the most important legal documents regulating medical profession. Over the past years, CMDA has become the largest and most influential medical association in China. Managing 44 local chapters, 57 Specialty sub-associations, and 22 specialty committees. CMDA has the most powerful voice in the Chinese medical community.


Mission and Principles

To promote the professional ethics and to uphold the humanitarianisms to rescue the dying and caring for the wounded, to advance medical knowledge and improve medical services, and to protect the rights and interests of the practicing physicians according to the law for the betterment of the national people’s health and contribute to the construction of socialist society.




Protection of Rights





Professionalism is the basis of medicine’s contract with society. It demands placing the interests of patients above those of the physician, setting and maintaining standards of competence and integrity, and providing expert advice to society on matters of health. The principles and responsibilities of medical professionalism must be clearly understood by both the profession and society. Essential to this contract is public trust in physicians, which depends on the integrity of both individual physicians and the whole profession.

At present, the medical profession is confronted by an explosion of technology, changing market forces, problems in health care delivery, bioterrorism, and globalization. As a result, physicians find it increasingly difficult to meet their responsibilities to patients and society. In these circumstances, reaffirming the fundamental and universal principles and values of medical professionalism, which remain ideals to be pursued by all physicians, becomes all the more important.

The medical profession everywhere is embedded in diverse cultures and national traditions, but its members share the role of the healer, which has roots extending back to Hippocrates. Indeed, the medical profession must contend with complicated political, legal, and market forces. Moreover, there are wide variations in medical delivery and practice through which any general principles may be expressed in both complex and subtle ways. Despite these differences, common themes emerge and form the basis of this charter in the form of three fundamental principles and as a set of definitive professional responsibilities.

Fundamental Principles

Principle of primacy of patient welfare. The principle is based on a dedication to serving the interest of the patient. Altruism contributes to the trust that is central to the physician-patient relationship. Market forces, societal pressures, and administrative exigencies must not compromise this principle.

Principle of patient autonomy. Physicians must have respect for patient autonomy. Physicians must be honest with their patients and empower them to make informed decisions about their treatment. Patients, decisions about their care must be paramount, as long as those decisions are in keeping with ethical practice and do not lead to demands for inappropriate care.

Principle of social justice. The medical profession must promote justice in the health care system, including the fair distribution of health care resources. Physicians should work actively to eliminate discrimination in health care, whether based on race, gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, religion, or any other social category.

A Set of Professional Responsibilities

Commitment to professional competence. Physicians must be committed to lifelong learning and be responsible for maintaining the medical knowledge and clinical and team skills necessary for the provision of quality care. More broadly, the profession as a whole must strive to see that all of its members are competent and must ensure that appropriate mechanisms are available for physicians to accomplish this goal.

Commitment to honesty with patients. Physicians must ensure that patients are completely and honestly informed before the patient has consented to treatment and after treatment has occurred. This expectation does not mean that patients should be involved in every minute decision about medical care; rather, they must be empowered to decide on the course of therapy. Physicians should also acknowledge that in health care, medical errors that injure patients do sometimes occur. Whenever patients are injured as a consequence of medical care, patients should be informed promptly because failure to do so seriously compromises patient and societal trust. Reporting and analyzing medical mistakes provide the basis for appropriate prevention and improvement strategies and for appropriate compensation to injured parties.

Commitment to patient confidentiality. Earning the trust and confidence of patients requires that appropriate confidentiality safeguards be applied to disclosure of patient information. This commitment extends to discussions with persons acting on a patient’s behalf when obtaining the patient’s own consent is not feasible. Fulfilling the commitment to confidentiality is more pressing now than ever before, given the widespread use of electronic information systems for compiling patient data and an increasing availability of genetic information. Physicians recognize, however, that their commitment to patient confidentiality
must occasionally yield to overriding considerations in the public interest (for example, when patients endanger others).

Commitment to maintaining appropriate relations with patients. Given the inherent vulnerability and dependency of patients, certain relationships between physicians and patients must be avoided. In particular, physicians should never exploit patients for any sexual advantage, personal financial gain, or other private purpose.

Commitment to improving quality of care. Physicians must be dedicated to continuous improvement in the quality of health care. This commitment entails not only maintaining clinical competence but also working collaboratively with other professionals to reduce medical error, increase patient safety, minimize overuse of health care resources, and optimize the outcomes of care. Physicians must actively participate in the development of better measures of quality of care and the application of quality measures to assess routinely the performance of all individuals, institutions, and systems responsible for health care delivery.Physicians, both individually and through their professional associations, must take responsibility for assisting in the creation and
implementation of mechanisms designed to encourage continuous improvement in the quality of care.

Commitment to improving access to care. Medical professionalism demands that the objective of all health care systems be the availability of a uniform and adequate standard of care. Physicians must individually and collectively strive to reduce barriers to equitable health care. Within each system, the physician should work to eliminate barriers to access based on education, laws, finances, geography, and social discrimination. A commitment to equity entails the promotion of public health and preventive medicine, as well as public advocacy on the part of each physician, without concern for the self-interest of the physician or the profession.

Commitment to a just distribution of finite resources. While meeting the needs of individual patients, physicians are required to provide health care that is based on the wise and cost-effective management of limited clinical resources. They should be committed to working with other physicians, hospitals, and payers to develop guidelines for cost effective care. The physician’s professional responsibility for appropriate allocation of resources requires scrupulous avoidance of superfluous tests and procedures. The provision of unnecessary services not only exposes one’s patients to avoidable harm and expense but also diminishes the resources available for others.

Commitment to scientific knowledge. Much of medicine’s contract with society is based on the integrity and appropriate use of scientific knowledge and technology. Physicians have a duty to uphold scientific standards, to promote research, and to create new knowledge and ensure its appropriate use. The profession is responsible for the integrity of this knowledge, which is based
on scientific evidence and physician experience.

Commitment to maintaining trust by managing conflicts of interest. Medical professionals and their organizations have many opportunities to compromise their professional responsibilities by pursuing private gain or personal advantage. Such compromises are especially threatening in the pursuit of personal or organizational interactions with for-profit industries, including medical equipment manufacturers, insurance companies, and pharmaceutical firms. Physicians have an obligation to recognize, disclose to the general public, and deal with conflicts of interest that arise in the course of their professional duties and activities. Relationships between industry and opinion leaders should be disclosed, especially when the latter determine the criteria for conducting and reporting clinical trials, writing editorials or therapeutic guidelines, or serving as editors of scientific journals.

Commitment to professional responsibilities. As members of a profession, physicians are expected to work collaboratively to maximize patient care, be respectful of one another, and participate in the processes of self regulation, including remediation and discipline of members who have failed to meet professional standards. The profession should also define and organize the educational and standard-setting process for current and future members. Physicians have both individual and collective obligations to participate in these processes. These obligations include engaging in internal assessment and accepting external scrutiny of all aspects of their professional performance.


The practice of medicine in the modern era is beset with unprecedented challenges in virtually all cultures and societies. These challenges center on increasing disparities among the legitimate needs of patients, the available resources to meet those needs, the increasing dependence on market forces to transform health care systems, and the temptation for physicians to forsake their traditional commitment to the primacy of patients¡¯ interests. To maintain the fidelity of medicine’s social contract during this turbulent time, we believe that physicians must reaffirm their active dedication to the principles of professionalism, which entails not only their personal commitment to the welfare of their patients but also collective efforts to improve the health care system for the welfare of society. This Charter on Medical Professionalism is intended to encourage such dedication and to promote an action agenda for the profession of medicine that is universal in scope and purpose.

CMDA Achievements
  • Authorized by China Ministry of Health and registered with China Ministry of Civil Affairs, Chinese Medical Doctor Association (CMDA) was founded in light of Chinese Medical Practitioners Act.
  • Teams led by CMDA executives conducted primary research in Beijing, Si-Chuang Province, Liao-Ning Province, Zhe-Jiang Province and Guang-Dong Province. The collected data and findings provided solid foundation for regulating and organizing medical practices.
  • CMDA proposed amendment to Chinese Medical Practitioners Act based on findings from detailed investigation of implementation of the Act.
  • Collaborated efforts in fighting SARS epidemic:
    • CMDA President Da-Kui Yin, Vice-President Zong-Han Zhu and Run-Lin Gao made speech on China Central Television (CCTV) and Beijing Television (BTV) to raise public awareness about SARS, reducing public anxiety and helping public adopt effective SARS prevention behavior.
    • President Ka-Kui Yin and Prof. Ming-Jian Gao of Taiwan Medical Alliance Association exchanged SARS prevention and treatment experiences on real-time tv.
    • Vice President reported the status quo of SARS prevention and summarized SARS treatment experiences on the Third Chinese Medical Practitioners Seminar.
    • Authorized by China Ministry of Health and China Ministry of Civil Affairs, CMDA worked with Ren-Hu (Shanghai) Pharmaceutical Company and Yangtze River Pharmacy Group to establish a scholarship fund supporting children of medical professionals who had scarified theirs lives in fighting SARS.
  • Named National Advanced Associations by China Ministry of Civil Affairs
  • Authorized by Medical Administration of China Ministry of Health, CMDA investigated medical disputes in 350 hospitals through sub-associations in Beijing, Da-Lian, Shen-Yang, Wu-Han, Shan-Dong Province, Hu-Nan Province, Gan-Su Province. In the report presented to Medical Administration, CMDA analyzed causes of disputes and provided dispute resolution guidelines.
Professional Committees

Advisory Committee

Legal Committee

Ethics Committee

Medical Education Committee

Medical & Science Technology Committee

Organization Structure

CMDA Regioanl Sub-Associations

To better serve its mission and 2 million medical practitioners in China, CMDA has established 26 regional sub-associations, 18 specialty sub-associations and 5 professioanl committees.

CMDA Specialty Sub-Associations
Chinese Association of Laboratory Medicine

Chinese Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons

Chinese Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons

Chinese Association of Cardiovascular Surgeons

Chinese Endoscopic Doctors Association

Chinese Association of Respiratory Physicians

Chinese Association of Anesthesiologists

Chinese Association of Dermatologists

Chinese Association of Rehabilitation Professionals

Chinese Association of General Practitioners

Chinese Neurosurgeons Association

Chinese Neurology Association

Chinese Optometric Physicians Association

Chinese Urological Association

Chinese Association of Gastroenterology

Chinese Psychiatric Physicians Association

Chinese Pediatric Physicians Association

Chinese Association of Blood Transfusion


CMDA Professional Committees
Advisory Committee

Legal Committee

Ethics Committee

Medical Education Committee

Medical & Science Technology Committee

Regioanl Sub-Associations

Outstanding CMDA Sub-Associations are rewarded at Second General Congress

Beijing Medical Doctor Association

Qing-Hai Medical Doctor Association

Zhe-Jiang Medical Doctor Association

Ning-Bo Medical Doctor Association

Hang-Zhou Medical Doctor Association

Xing-Jiang Medical Doctor Association

Wu-Han Medical Doctor Association

Da-Lian Medical Doctor Association

He-Nan Medical Doctor Association

Hen-Long-Jiang Medical Doctor Association

Hu-Bei Medical Doctor Association

Guang-Dong Medical Doctor Association

Tian-Jin Medical Doctor Association

Chang-Chun Medical Doctor Association

Shan-Dong Medical Doctor Association

Ha-Er-Bin Medical Doctor Association

Hai-Nan Medcial Doctor Association

Xia-Men Medical Doctor Association

Ji-Lin Medical Doctor Association

Xi-An Medical Doctor Association

Qing-Dao Medical Doctor Association

Yun-Nan Medical Doctor Association

Guang-Xi Medical Doctor Association

Shen-Yang Medical Doctor Association

Hu-Nan Medical Doctor Association

Gan-Su Medcial Doctor Association

Nan-Jing Medical Doctor Association

He-Bei Medical Doctor Association

Ji-Nan Medical Doctor Association