Short History of AWMF
In November, at the suggestion of the German Society of Surgery, representatives of 16 scientific and medical societies metin the BG Trauma Clinic in Frankfurt / Main and founded the Association of the Scientific Medical Societies in Germany (AWMF) as unincorporated association. Today in AWMF over 160 scientific and medical societies are represented, which deal with the full range of science and research policy issues in the field of medicine.
At the time of inception, the AWMF focused primarily on the specialized training and the introduction of a certification examination. But after a short time the task area was further increased. In May 1975, the Conference of Delegates of the AWMF decided to define tasks and goals of the organization as:
"The AWMF is a voluntary association of medical and scientific societies, has joined the vast majority of these companies. She sees her sphere of activity in the field of science policy, as far as medicine is concerned, and has no goals on professional political field. It pursues and promotes the scientific development of medicine including the relationships with the medical practice.
It therefore sees it as their main tasks at this is all scientific questions of research, training, continuing education and training to work together with other relevant institutions closely.
It encourages its member companies to the joint processing of important interdisciplinary issues of medical and public health importance.
The AWMF will turn on certain occasions with messages to the public and take in preparing science and health policy decisions in consultation with the professional bodies, the connection to political authorities.
The AWMF constantly monitors all transactions and developments that promote or impair the academic achievements of medicine, and optionally to comment. She looks to continue their task is the exchange of information, coordination and joint action of the combined societies. "
Also in 1975, together with the surgeon Prof. Dr. Gert Carstensen (Mülheim / Ruhr) and the then AWMF President, Prof. Dr. Hans Kuhlendahl (Dusseldorf), Prof. Dr. Hans-Ludwig Schreiber (Göttingen) founded the working group "doctors and lawyers" of AWMF, which takes up twice a year since then medico-legal issues and discuss interdisciplinary and inter-professional.
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After the founding of AWMF in 1962 the organization was governed by a board called "Vorstand". According to the statute in force from 1981 the board was called "Präsidium" of AWMF. The Presidents and Board members have been:
Prof. H. Junghanns 1962 - 1969
Prof. H. Mittelmeier 1969 - 1973
Prof. H. Kuhlendahl 1973 - 1981
Presidents from 1981:
Prof. H. Kuhlendahl 1981 - 1985
Prof. K.-H. Vosteen 1985 - 1991
Prof. H. Reinauer 1991 - 2000
Prof. A. Encke 2000 - 2009
Prof. K. H. Rahn since 2009
Prof. O. E. Riecker 1966 - 1969
Prof. R. Ch. Behrend 1969 - 1981
Vice Presidents since 1981:
Prof. K.-H.Vosteen 1981 - 1985
Prof. R. Ch. Behrend 1981 - 1986
Prof. H. Reinauer 1985 - 1991
Prof. F. Heuck 1986 - 1990
Prof. H. Usadel 1990 - 1999
Prof. P. Satter 1991 - 1994
Prof. W. Hartel 1994 - 2000
Prof. P. v. Wichert 1999 - 2009
Prof. W. Gaebel since 2000
Prof. W. Wagner since 2009
Prof. H. Reinauer 2000 - 2009
Prof. A. Encke seit 2009
Prof. H. Singer 1966 - 1975
Prof. K.-H. Vosteen 1975 - 1978
Prof. K. Rosenbauer 1978 - 1999
Prof. J. v. Troschke 1999 - 2006
Dr. A. von Essen 1963 - 1971
Dr. K.-H. Stürner 1971 - 1979
Prof. K.-F. Schlegel 1979 - 1996
Prof. W. Bock 1996 - 2008
Prof. H. C. Korting 2008 - 2012
Prof. Selbmann since 2012
More Board Members:
Prof. E. Brähler 2006 - 2009
Prof. R. Engenhart-Cabillic 2006 - 2012
Prof. Ch. Herrmann-Lingen since 2012
Prof. H. C. Korting 2006 - 2008
Prof. H.-D. Saeger since 2009
Prof. H.-K. Selbmann 2006 - 2012
Prof. C. Spies since 2009
Prof. R.-D.Treede since 2006
Prof. W. Wagner 2006 - 2009
Dr. A. Wienke since 2009
Honorary Chairmen or Honorary Presidents:
Prof. H. Junghanns (†)
Prof. H. Kuhlendahl (†)
Prof. K.-H. Vosteen (†)
Prof. H. Reinauer