SAMS is a government approved institution for the promotion of research. Its core duties include maintaining a high quality of biomedical and clinical research, supporting young academics and facilitating close ties between medical science and its practical application. In addition, SAMS is concerned with reviewing ethical questions with regard to medical advances and their consequences for society, as well as reflecting on the future of medicine. Furthermore, SAMS actively participates in the politicking surrounding academia, science and education, and consults politicians and administration on issues in the field of medical sciences.
Year founded: 1943