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Founded in 1954, the American College of Preventive Medicine is a professional medical society serving members employed in research, academia, government, clinical settings, and other entities worldwide.
On the 50th anniversary of the College, leadership published "A Salute to Our Leaders from the Past" detailing the history of the the preventive medicine specialty, the creation of ACPM, and its many accomplishments since. The publication specifically recounts how Dr. George A. Dame reasoned that St. Petersburg in April would be an enticing place for preventive medicine specialists, from throughout the United States, to gather and discuss the establishment of a formal college. He envisioned a society that would represent the interests of the thousands of physicians, both civilian and military, who practiced in the growing field of preventive medicine.