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2013-2014 AMA-IMG Section Committees

Adhoc Committees

1. Nominating Committee:

Chair: Padmini Ranasinghe, MD, Email: padmini@jhmi.edu


  • Recruit a diverse pool of candidates for the IMGS GC elections.
  • Present a diverse slate for the 2015 IMGS GC online ballot.
  • Recruit candidates for the ECFMG IMG Representative position for recommendation to the Council on Medical Education

2. Research, Development & Publications:

Chair: Sumir Sahgal, MD, Email: ssahgal@essenmed.com


  • Recruit at least 5 committee members.
  • Effectively lead the survey discussions and analyses
  • Review Physician Workforce Paper and ECFMG-certified survey for possible publishing ideas or proposals

3. Graduate Medical Education

IMGS Governing Council


  • Work to ensure that IMGS continue to obtain GME positions now and in the future
  • Direct GME effort at state and federal level
  • Work to raise awareness of GME problem at grassroots level
  • Take two of the brain storm ideas from November 2012 meeting and work specifically on those ideas with assignments and follow-up.
  • Review skills/competency based progression for GME and medical school education that will enable IMGs who have prior experience to progress quicker.

Standing Committees

4. Liaison Committee for Internal & External Relationships:

Chair: Bhushan Pandya, MD, Email: bhpmd2004@yahoo.com


  • Recruit at least 10 diverse committee members
  • Develop a liaison relationship with at external IMG groups (states, specialties, or ethnic associations) and internal Sections and Special Groups of the AMA
  • Create 1 new IMG Section/Committee in at least 1 state that does not have one.

5. Resolutions and Reports:

Chair: June-Anne Gold, MD, Email: june.anne.gold@gmail.com


  • Recruit at least 10 diverse committee members
  • Develop at least 3 well-written and researched reports or resolutions for the Interim and Annual HOD meetings.
  • Identify two issues that require AMA IMGS advocacy efforts

6. Social Activities: Leadership Development Program, Chair:

Padmini Ranasinghe, MD; Email: Padmini@jhmi.edu Desserts Reception, Chair, Busharat Ahmad, MD


  • Recruit at least 10 diverse committee members
  • Develop the program/speaker for the Busharat Ahmad, MD Leadership Program at the Interim and Annual meeting.
  • Develop, plan and promote the 2015 Desserts Reception beginning in January
  • Discover what resources or tools IMGs need in order to ascend into leadership positions

Liaison Committees

7. Commission to End Healthcare Disparities

Representative: Vijaya Appareddy, MD, Email: Appareddy@ramtec.com

Alternate Representative: Lt. Colonel Ronit Katz, MD; Email: rkatz7@gmail.com


  • Attend and participate in all Commission meetings, alert staff if unable to attend a meeting so a substitute can be send in your place.
  • Report back (written or verbally) twice a year to the IMGS Congress and the IMGS GC on the commission activities and areas of opportunities for the IMGS.