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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) 464-4743 or send an email to mas@ama-assn.org.

Register to attend this year's AMA-MAS meeting

Members of the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) are invited to attend this year's AMA-MAS business meeting and reception June 6 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Register today (AMA login required). Be sure to click on the "AMA-MAS Business Meeting" and "Everyone's Using Social Media: Should I." Be sure to click "register" once you have chosen all of the sessions you will attend.

The AMA-MAS strongly encourages you to participate in all of its programs during this year's Annual Meeting. Register online by May 30; registration after that date can only be completed on-site.
If you have questions about the meeting or registering, contact Abu Muhammad of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-4335.

AMA-MAS Resolution Virtual Reference Committee

We are pleased to announce that the virtual reference committee for the 2014 AMA-MAS Annual Meeting is open for comment.

2014 AMA-MAS Governing Council Elections Are Now Open

The AMA Minority Affairs Section  (MAS) Governing Council urges all of its members to vote in its upcoming Governing Council election. An encrypted ballot will be emailed April 1 to AMA-MAS members with viable emails. If the AMA-MAS office does not have your current email address, please send an email with your full name by April 2.

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

2013 Minority Awards Scholars

In an effort to promote diversity within the medical profession and encourage students with a commitment to eliminating health care disparities, the AMA Foundation awarded 8 outstanding medical students from across the country with $10,000 scholarships through the Minority Scholars Awards program.

The Minority Scholars Awards recognize scholastic achievement, financial need and commitment to improving minority health among first or second-year students in groups defined as historically underrepresented in the medical profession. Today, only about 9% of U.S. physicians are Hispanic, American Indian, African-American, Alaska Native or Native Hawaiian.

Read the press release and the 2013 Minority Scholars Award recipients' biographies on the AMA Foundation website.

This year's Minority Scholars Award recipients were honored at an awards dinner in Chicago scheduled in conjunction with the AMA Annual Meeting. In addition to the awards dinner, scholarship recipients participated in several AMA Annual Meeting activities, including the Doctors Back to School event, encouraging children to live healthy lifestyles and pursue careers in health care.

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.


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