The Philippine Medical Society of Northern California is a registered non-profit 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteer Filipino medical practitioners from the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Founded in 1972, it started as a social organization to encourage fellowship and philanthropy amongst Filipino physicians.
Today, the society is composed of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, therapists, technologists, technicians and individuals with non-medical occupations. The organization is represented by the four "regions" of the Bay Area--San Francisco/San Mateo, Santa Clara, Alameda/Contra Costa, and Napa/Solano/Monterey. There are twenty officers that are elected biennially. The organization holds monthly meetings that include an educational lecture followed shortly by general membership and board business meetings. There are eight standing committees: executive, membership, by-laws, continuing education, scholarship, medical missions, and inter-society relations.