The mission of CMSS is to provide a respected and influential voice for medical specialty societies and their members by working with the societies and other medical organizations to formulate, articulate and promote adoption of policies that will improve the U.S. healthcare system and public health.
Founded in 1965 as the Tri-College Council, CMSS was created to provide an independent forum for the discussion by medical specialists of issues of national interest and mutual concern. Founding members were the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American College of Physicians, and the American College of Surgeons. In 1967, as other specialty societies joined, CMSS adopted its current name. Today, 43 societies with more than 790,000 U.S. physician members are members of CMSS.
CMSS is unique; its membership has been limited to those U.S. medical specialty societies that represent diplomates certified by a Board recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS). In early 2005, the CMSS Council voted to expand their membership slowly by offering full membership to a limited number of sub-specialties and associate membership to a small number of organizations with which CMSS interacts. This process is being implemented. CMSS serves to represent the views of specialist physicians in influencing policy, medical education and accreditation from a broad, cross-specialty perspective.