The Slovenian Medical Association is a member of World Medical Association (World Medical Association) and the European Forum of Medical Associations and WHO. The professional associations, societies, and sections of the SZD are members of the Union European des Medicin Specialiste.
The Slovenian Medical Association, together with the Slovenian Academy of Medicine, publishes the professional journal, Zdravniški vestnik. Although the work in the Society is voluntary, the members have always managed to maintain a high level of professional activity and independence, never succumbing to political pressures. The Slovenian Medical Association continues to be one of the cornerstones of civil society.
Due to the success of the Slovenian Medical Association in transferring professional knowledge, managing and organising continuing postgraduate education and training, as well as the preparation of the content of specialisations, the Republic of Slovenia has recognised the Association’s status in the field of health care and research activities as being in the public interest. In 2011, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Dr Danilo Türk, awarded the Slovene Medical Association the Golden Order of Merit on the occasion of its 150th anniversary for its contribution to the development of the medical profession, for promoting the high ethical values of medicine, and for its contribution to the development of social, professional and general culture in Slovenia.
Congress of the Slovenian Medical Association
The main event of the Slovenian Medical Association is the SZD Congress, which takes place in October. This annual event is dedicated to the discussion and exchange of views on a highlighted professional topic. The event also includes the awarding of professional titles (Primary) and special awards to honorary members of the SZD for their contribution to the work of the Society.