Council On Ethical And Judicial Affairs Open Forum
In conformity with Resolution 14 (I-94), which requires the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) to "conduct an Open Forum at all future meetings for the purpose of discussing pending ethical opinion issues," the 2010 Interim Meeting Open Forum will be held:
Monday, June 17, 2013
9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Hyatt Regency Chicago, Columbus C-D
The Open Forum is open to all AMA members, interested non-members, other guests, and the press.
New Proposed Issues
Open Forum attendees are invited to introduce emerging ethical issues that may warrant attention from CEJA and inclusion in the AMA "Code of Medical Ethics."
Examining Professional Satisfaction in Physicians, Trainees, and Medical StudentsIn this evolving health care environment, there is a need more than ever for physicians to examine their own professional satisfaction and determine what elements of change would have a positive impact on the future of their careers or practice. Understanding the factors that promote professional satisfaction in training, as well as the influences of the organizational culture and environment, will help the AMA, and learners in their every day practices, shape a future for the profession that focuses on the well-being of its constituency.
Relevant Principles of Medical Ethics:
Principles: I, IV, V, VII.
Cassel, Christine K. and Sachin H. Jain. “Assessing Individual Physician Performance: Does Measurement Suppress Motivation.” JAMA. 2012. June; 307(24): 2595-2596.
McCray LW, Cronholm PF, Bogner HR, Gallo JJ, Neill RA. “Resident Physician Burnout: Is There Hope?” Family Medicine. 2008. October; 40(9): 626-632.
A member of the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs will briefly present each topic on the agenda. After an issue has been introduced, the audience will be invited to discuss, with the Council, the ethical and professional considerations most relevant to the development of ethical guidelines on the topic at hand. In addition, the Council will collect written testimony for consideration at the time of the Open Forum or prior to it. Advance written testimony can be submitted to the Council staff, by e-mail at email@example.com or by fax at (312) 464-4799. Written testimony submitted to the Council will be given the same consideration as if it had been delivered orally.
Any member of the Association is privileged to speak on agenda items. Members should be mindful to disclose any conflict of interest that may influence their testimony. All other individuals should request from the Chair the privilege to provide oral testimony, indicating their identity and affiliation. Such a request will be honored upon approval of the Chair. Due to time constraints or other considerations, however, the Chair may not approve such requests.
All commentary should directly relate to the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics:
I. A physician shall be dedicated to providing competent medical care, with compassion and respect for human dignity and rights.
II. A physician shall uphold the standards of professionalism, be honest in all professional interactions, and strive to report physicians deficient in character or competence, or engaging in fraud or deception, to appropriate entities.
III. A physician shall respect the law and also recognize a responsibility to seek changes in those requirements, which are contrary to the best interests of the patient.
IV. A physician shall respect the rights of patients, colleagues, and other health professionals, and shall safeguard patient confidences and privacy within the constraints of the law.
V. A physician shall continue to study, apply, and advance scientific knowledge, maintain a commitment to medical education, make relevant information available to patients, colleagues, and the public, obtain consultation, and use the talents of other health professionals when indicated.
VI. A physician shall, in the provision of appropriate patient care, except in emergencies, be free to choose whom to serve, with whom to associate, and the environment in which to provide medical care.
VII. A physician shall recognize a responsibility to participate in activities contributing to the improvement of the community and the betterment of public health.
VIII. A physician shall, while caring for a patient, regard responsibility to the patient as paramount.
IX. A physician shall support access to medical care for all people.
The Chair may establish rules on the presentation of testimony with respect to time constraints, repetitive statements, etc. The Chair also has the authority to prohibit photography, filming, and audio or video recording if the Chair feels that such factors would be undesirable for the orderly conduct of the meeting. Adherence to these guidelines will ensure that the forum runs smoothly and that the results are satisfactory to all.
Disclosure. The content of this activity does not relate to any product of a commercial interest as defined by the ACCME; therefore, there are no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
- Identify factors that affect physician satisfaction.
- Describe what is currently being done to promote professional satisfaction and physician well-being throughout the professional life-cycle.
- Identify implications that recognizing the importance of physician satisfaction has for physician education and training.
- Recognize ways in which the emerging medical environments can promote or sustain doctor satisfaction.
- Recognize how the core values and ethics of the profession are linked to the importance of one’s satisfaction.