Who We Are

Mission Statement

Rhode Island Medical Society is a voluntary association of physicians, physician assistants and medical students. It supports and advocates for all Rhode Island physicians in their efforts to provide the best possible care to their patients. The Society is the vehicle by which the medical community in Rhode Island meets the evolving challenges of medical practice and quality patient care. The Society represents the interests, values and needs of the medical profession and promotes enlightened public policy in the field of health care.

Our Work

  •   Advocate on behalf of physicians and their patients
  •   Provide leadership opportunities for physicians
  •   Promote equitable healthcare
  •   Demonstrate compassion and ethical behavior

Meet our Board of Directors, Council Members and Committees that guide our work.

The RIMS Foundation is a scientific, educational, charitable, and peer review foundation which promotes health and welfare in the community by engaging in charitable, educational and scientific activities related to the field of medicine.

RIMS is proud to sponsor prestigious awards as a way to highlight and recognize outstanding contributions to the health and well-being of patients in Rhode Island and beyond.

History of RIMS

Founded in 1812, the Rhode Island Medical Society is the eighth oldest organization of its kind in the nation.

RIMS takes pride in having a long history of being a member-led organization. Learn more about this rich history here:

Original By-Laws and Rules
Printed in 1812, “The Act of Incorporation together with the By-Laws and Rules of the Rhode Island Medical Society”, pictured at right, also includes the names of the first officers elected in September 1812 and the complete list of Fellows that year.

History of the RIMS Library

Milestones and Movers

Past Observances