HISTORY

1.  “Documents from the State of Illinois, 1976″


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These documents were issued by the Secretary of State of the state of Illinois recognizing our organization as an official corporation. This document marks our official recognition as a not for profit organization on March 19, 1976.

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The following is a brief history of the society, as told by its First President, Dr. Jaime Escobar.The “Bolivian-American Medical Society” was incorporated as a non-profit corporation in the State of Illinois in June 1976. Its first name was “Bolivian Medical Society, Inc.” There were about 150 Bolivian medical graduates in the Chicago Metropolitan area from Bolivian medical schools such as San Andres, San Simon, San Francisco Xavier, and other Foreign Medical Schools.The important meeting to start the Corporation was held at the home of Dr. Jaime R. Escobar in River Forest, Illinois. He was elected as the First President. A Board of Directors was also elected. The founding doctors were fourteen in total.The Societies main activities were to improve the medical education of the young doctors in the three Medical Schools in Bolivia, to help the General Hospitals to provide better care to our bolivian brothers, to organize medical conventions, to disseminate new medical knowledge to doctors and students, and to organize medical missions to improve the health of our needy bolivian brothers and sisters.Along the years, there were many non-bolivian doctors that contributed to our Society. Therefore the name was changed to “Bolivian-American Medical Society,” to integrate other colleagues that have enlarged and positively improved our mission.The Society has organized more than fifteen Medical Conventions in Bolivia. Also, it has improved the Libraries of the Medical Schools in La Paz and Cochabamba. Because of our never ending efforts to help Bolivia, President Jaime Paz Zamora recognized our Society with “The Condor of the Andes,” the highest honor to a private organization abroad.Our Society will continue to be active and to be recognized in the State of Ilinois and throughout the United States. We invite you to participate and to support all current and future activities to help Bolivia and to get to know us better.

—Dr Jaime R. Escobar, February 19, 2014.

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1. In 2014, the Board of Directors of the Bolivian American Medical Society ratified the above image as the official logo of our organization.2.  In the logo, you will see that it has the official name of the organization, “Bolivian American Medical Society,” which is not the original name of the organization. Please read the history of BAMS as detailed above by our First President, Dr. Escobar.3.  Also you will see our adaptation of the caduceus. The BAMS caduceus was used as the unofficial logo of the society throughout its existence. In greek mythology, the caduceus is the staff carried by Hermes. It became the modern symbol of medicine in the U.S. in the late 19th century. In the traditional caduceus, you will see a short staff entwined by two serpents, sometimes surmounted by wings. In our adaptation of the caduceus, you will see an Inca monolith with wings, on top of a staff, entwined by one serpent.4.  Next you will see the colors of the Bolivian Flag. Bolivia was the home country of each of the founders of BAMS. To this day, it remains the core of our mission.5.  To the left of the caduceus, you will see our acronym, BAMS, which stands for the “Bolivian American Medical Society.To the right of the caduceus, you will see the year that our society was established, 1976.