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Minority Affairs Section (MAS)

The Minority Affairs Section provides a national forum for advocacy on minority health issues and professional concerns of minority physicians and medical students.

Contact the AMA-MAS by calling (312) 464-4335 or send an email to mas@ama-assn.org.

2014 Annual AMA-MAS Meeting

The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) held its business meeting on Friday evening. The keynote speaker was Kameron Leigh Matthews, MD, JD, Chief Medical Officer at Mile Square Health Center of the University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System; Co-Director, Tour for Diversity in Medicine. Her presentation was entitled "More Effective Mentoring." Her lecture addressed various mentoring best practices. The meeting also featured an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that impact minority physicians and patients.

The AMA-MAS discussed a variety of issues that impact minority physicians and patients and submitted resolutions on the following topics:

  • Advance Appropriations for the Indian Health Service
  • Elimination of Tobacco Products Sold by National Retailers
  • Social Media Guidance
  • STEM Undergraduate Education

Please view a summary report of AMA-MAS resolutions at the 2014 Annual Meeting.

An awards presentation honored 11 medical students who received the 2014 Minority Scholars Awards. Recipients won $10,000 scholarships from the AMA Foundation, made possible from Pfizer Inc. These scholarships recognize scholastic achievement, financial need and personal commitment to improving health care disparities among students in groups defined as historically underrepresented in the medical profession.

The newly elected officers for 2014-15 for the MAS Governing Council are Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, chair, and Frank Clark, MD, vice-chair.

AMA-MAS chair named Minnesota's Psychiatrist of the Year

Dionne Hart, MD, a dedicated advocate for eliminating health care disparities and encouraging minority students to pursue medical careers was named Psychiatrist of the Year by the Minnesota Psychiatric Society.

National Indian Health Board Granted 'Official Observer' Status

The National Indian Health Board has been granted "Official Observer" status by the American Medical Association's House of Delegates. Read the press release.

MAS Member Sowing Seeds in the Community

There is a general consensus among our society that the practice of medicine is a privilege and a calling. Physicians are a community of healers who seek to form collaborative relationships with their patients. See how MAS member Frank Clark, MD is making a difference in his South Carolina community.

Get Involved with the Minority Affairs Section
Current Projects

Physician Interview Project: There is a strong need to increase the amount of underrepresented minorities in the field of medicine. See how these physicians are helping to make a difference.

Congressional Black Caucus Foundation (CBCF) provides community health reform guide

View the Doctors Back to School Action Kits and plan to take part in the Doctors Back to School visits.

Visit the AMA-MAS Policy and Resolution Process Web page

Minority Affairs Section Strategic Plan

The AMA Minority Affairs Consortium (MAC) became the AMA's newest section and will now be known as the Minority Affairs Section (MAS). The acronym MAS (which in Spanish means "more") is pronounced like "moss" not "mass."

The AMA-MAS strongly encourages promoting leadership in addressing health disparities. View our Strategic Plan.

So, recruit a new member or rejoin and take advantage of the many benefits of AMA-MAS membership. Join now and learn more.

We will continue to keep you updated on Section initiatives and news.

Resources

Physician statistics

Education and funding

Links to organizations offering information on minority health and minority physician issues

Transitioning to residency: What medical students need to know

AMA policy

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