The Northeast Florida Medical Society began its revitalized existence as a “Medical Section” component of the Florida/Jacksonville Medical Dental Association in 1994 at a Florida State Medical Association meeting in Orlando, Florida.
Florida / Jacksonville Medical Dental and Pharmaceutical Association was founded in 1896 as a minority physician, dentist and pharmacy organization for continuing medical education in the care of illnesses common in African Americans, primarily because of the very small numbers of allied health professionals. In 1960, only approximately sixty African American physicians, and a lesser number of allied professionals were practicing in Florida. The NEFMS section now constitutes the local affiliate organization of the National Medical Association (Washington, D.C.) and its state component-the Florida State Medical Association.
There are over one thousand African American physicians in Florida, with approximately 150 located in Northeast Florida, and they represent a fair number of specialty areas in institutional and private practices.