Twenty-five organizations representing clinicians, laboratory researchers, and physician-scientists issued a joint statement supporting the March for Science and its nonpartisan call for the appreciation of scientific evidence, education, and investment. According to the societies, “Science has no political agenda but gives us the tools to find the truths about our world and then implement informed policies to enrich our communities.”

Stressing the importance of “a fundamental appreciation for scientific evidence,” the societies highlighted the impact of access to science education, which promotes critical thinking and evidence-based decision-making. “Americans need access to education that inspires them to question the world around them and develop new technologies and solutions,” the organizations continued.

The statement went on:

“Science is vital to our health, as an understanding of human biology is essential to stimulating discoveries that lead to cures for devastating diseases. Every day, physicians make the best patient-care decisions they can by relying on science-based tools. Clinicians prevent disease by administering immunizations, and they manage disease by providing therapies that have been thoroughly and scientifically vetted for optimal outcomes. This science-based care saves lives, decreases human suffering, and reduces unnecessary costs.”

The societies urged a continual federal investment in health. “Scientific progress and support of vital federal research programs have led to major advances in our health,” they stated. “We hope patients, their families, and everyone committed to advancing health care will join us in celebrating the value of scientific evidence in our everyday lives.”

Organizations that signed the statement included:

  1. The American Academy of Dermatology,
  2. The American Academy of Family Physicians
  3. The American Academy of Ophthalmology
  4. The American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery
  5. The American Academy of Pediatrics
  6. The American Academy of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
  7. The American Association of Cancer Research
  8. The American Association for Social Psychiatry
  9. The American College of Chest Physicians
  10. The American College of Physicians
  11. The American College of Surgeons
  12. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
  13. The American Psychiatric Association
  14. The American Psychoanalytic Association
  15. The American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry
  16. The American Society of Clinical Oncology, Inc
  17. The American Society of Hematology
  18. The American Society of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology
  19. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons
  20. The American Urological Association
  21. The Association of American Cancer Institutes
  22. The Endocrine Society
  23. The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer
  24. The Society of Interventional Radiology
  25. The Society of Thoracic Surgeons