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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.

2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

The Minority Affairs Section (MAS) 2015 annual meeting site is now open for registration. MAS will launch its 2015 annual meeting with a Doctors Back To School visit on Friday, June 5 from 8 a.m. to noon. Volunteer physicians and members of the Medical Student Section will collaborate to visit three elementary/middle schools in Chicago to share their passion for their profession, encourage healthy lifestyles, and encourage minority students to consider careers in medicine. At 4:45 p.m., the MAS Governing Council, along with the AMA Foundation, will present the 20 recipients of the 2015 Minority Scholars Awards. Afterwards, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (IL - 2nd District), who serves as the chair of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Health Braintrust, will highlight the legislative priorities and provide updates on initiatives that address health disparities. Attendees will also discuss the items of business before the AMA House of Delegates.

On Saturday, June 6, MAS presents, “The New Science of Unconscious Bias” from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. David Hunt, Esq., an expert on diversity and cultural competence in healthcare, will address issues of racial and ethnic disparities in health care and the legal aspects of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care in the context of unconscious bias, which may unknowingly distort the objective evaluation and treatment of others based upon race, gender, religion, culture, etc.

From Friday, June 5 to Tuesday, June 9, MAS will join the Sections and Special Groups by presenting a Social Medial Guru Bar to engage all AMA members regarding social media trends, tools, and effectiveness. Follow hashtag #AMAMTG to join the conversation.

Click here to register now and to read agenda details. If you have questions or wish to attend any of these AMA-MAS events, email mas@ama-assn.orgor call Craig Johnson at (312) 464-4335. You can also visit www.ama-assn.org/go/mas.

Black History Month

Throughout Black History Month, the American Medical Association Minority Affairs Section (MAS) will profile Black pioneers and other African American physicians who have made significant accomplishments in the medical profession using its social media platforms. As part of the Black History Month commemoration and in conjunction with national health awareness activities held annually in February, MAS is highlighting several health disparities that impact the African American community: cardiovascular disease, cancer, HIV, and adolescent dating violence. For more information, please view the MAS Black History Month page.

Call for Medical Student Nominees

Nominees wanted for the Medical Student Section Representative on the AMA-MAS Governing Council. The incumbent representative is eligible for another one year term. If you would like to hone your leadership skills and you are dedicated to the elimination of racial and ethnic healthcare disparities and increasing the number of historically underrepresented minorities in medicine, you should consider applying for this position. The term is for one year and is eligible for a second one-year term. The AMA-MAS Governing Council meets three times each year and also meets via teleconference every other month. All interested medical students must apply through the AMA Medical Student Section and adhere to their instructions and deadlines. If you have any questions about this position, contact mss@ama-assn.org for more information on the nominations process.

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.


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