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2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS)

June 5 – 6, 2015
Hyatt Regency Chicago

Summary of HOD Action on MAS Items of Business

Summary

The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) kicked off its annual meeting with Doctors Back to School / Improving Health Outcomes visits, a collaborative effort between the Minority Affairs Section, the Medical Student Section, at two schools on Chicago's South Side:  Kozminski Community Academy and Daniel Hale Williams  Preparatory School of Medicine.  A group of 50 volunteers comprised of physicians and medical students met with nearly 300 students in grades 6 – 12.  Physicians spoke with students about careers in medicine while medical students engaged them in interactive stations, including healthy food options, hypertension, and mental health / bullying.

The MAS held its business meeting on Friday evening. The keynote speaker, U.S. Representative Robin Kelly, chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust gave an overview of legislative priorities to reduce health and health care disparities. The meeting also featured an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that impact minority physicians and patients

An awards presentation honored 21 medical students who received the 2015 Minority Scholars Awards. Recipients won $10,000 scholarships from the AMA Foundation, made possible from Pfizer Humanities Initiative and one $5000 scholarship made possible by Richard Allen Williams, MD, Ms. Genita Johnson and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC). 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 MAS hosted an educational program entitled, "The New Science of Unconscious Bias," presented by diversity and cultural competency expert David Hunt, JD, CEO of Critical Measures LLC.  This evocative session explored how personal and systemic bias can impact clinicians' objective evaluation and treatment of others based upon race, gender, religion, culture, language, etc.  You are welcome to view presentation slides and the related opinion piece from JAMA, "A Silent Curriculum," which was referenced during Mr. Hunt's presentation.

Lastly, the MAS Governing Council (GC) re-elected Niva Lubin-Johnson, MD, chair and Frank Clark, MD, vice-chair as its officers for 2015-16.  GC members also bid a fond farewell and congratulations to Dr. Rachel King upon her graduation from medical school and the completion of her term as the MSS representative.  They also welcomed Harvard Medical School student Gigi Gomez as the 2015-16 Medical Student Section representative. Gomez also serves as Northeast Region co-chair of the Latino Medical Student Association.

Please plan to join us in Atlanta, Georgia for our 2015 Interim Meeting, November 13 and 14.  Our keynote speaker will be Kim Williams, Sr., MD, chief and James B. Herrick Professor of cardiology at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also the first African American president of the American College of Cardiology.

2015 Annual Meeting of the House of Delegates

Visit the Annual Meeting web site for highlights, reports and resolutions, and more.