A new name for the
Institute of Medicine

The Institute of Medicine has been renamed the National Academy of Medicine. The name change comes as part of an internal reorganization at the National Academies. The new academy will continue as an honorific society and will contribute to and complement the work of the National Academy of Science and the National Academy of Engineering by advising on health matters.

The IOM was founded in 1970 under the congressional charter of the National Academy of Science, which was established in 1863. It is responsible for providing unbiased advice on issues concerning medicine, biomedicine and health.

Victor J. Dzau, who was president of the IOM and is now the first president of the National Academy of Medicine, said: “This change recognizes the important achievements of medicine and health researchers, clinicians and policymakers in improving medicine both nationally and globally. We look forward to expanding our work together with the other academies, and I am confident that this development will enhance our ability to provide evidence-based advice aimed at improving the lives of people everywhere.”

Likewise, NAS President Ralph J. Cicerone said the name change is “an acknowledgement of the importance of medicine and related health sciences to today’s global research enterprise.” He said: “It will also better align us to take a more integrated, multidisciplinary approach to our work, reflecting how science is best done today.”

Erik Maradiaga Erik Maradiaga is an undergraduate at American University.