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Senior Physicians Section

Learn more about the benefits of belonging to the AMA Senior Physicians Section. Join the nearly 55,000 senior physician group members and remain active and involved in the AMA medical community.

Current highlights

  • Travel Opportunities are now available for 2017 through AHI Travel, a travel provider selected by the AMA for its members. View the 2017 travel program lineup.
  • The American Medical Association, Canadian Medical Association and the British Medical Association are hosting the International Conference on Physician HealthTM (ICPH), which will take place Sept. 18–20, 2016, in Boston. Registration for the conference is now open. This year's conference, with its central focus of addressing burnout and returning joy to the practice of medicine, is relevant to physicians across all specialties and practice settings.
  • With the 2016 Interim Meeting taking place November 12-15 in Orlando, the AMA Senior Physicians Section Governing Council would like to encourage your participation.  As a member of the AMA, you have the opportunity to influence policies within the organization.  The Section leadership welcomes proposals from members to identify the needs of senior physicians (i.e., doctors age 65 and above, both active and retired).  Information is available on our timeline webpage, including a resolution template and resolution idea template for your use.  Resolutions must be submitted via email by Sept. 9 to sps@ama-assn.org.
  • Online Member Forum, Sept. 12–23. We are pleased to announce that the AMA-SPS online member forum will be open for 2 weeks (Sept. 12–23), and we want to hear from you. Please use it at your convenience to share your opinion and make your voice heard on AMA-SPS concerns.
  • Virtual SPS Assembly 8 p.m. EDT, Thursday, Sept. 29. We invite you to participate in the Virtual SPS Assembly conference call at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, Sept. 29. During this call we will discuss feedback from the member forum. The teleconference will feature updates from the SPS Governing Council chair and provide an opportunity to hear from SPS members during the open discussion period. Please RSVP by Sept. 26 to receive the information you'll need to call into the virtual AMA-SPS meeting.
  • View Annual Meeting highlights from the SPS meeting in Chicago. This year's educational keynote speaker was Richard Gunderman, MD, PhD, who spoke on the topic of physician burnout. Explore how senior physicians who are confronted by such challenges can thrive and continue to make a difference.
  • Receive senior physician news: AMA members can sign up for AMA Morning Rounds weekend edition, delivered to your inbox every Saturday morning.
  • Travel Opportunities are now available for 2016 through AHI Travel, a travel provider selected by the AMA for its members. View the 2016 travel program lineup.
  • Visit the Physician Financial Resource Center to view customized solutions for your personal and professional needs.

About the AMA-SPS

Any AMA physician 65 years of age or older is an automatic member of the Senior Physicians Section (SPS). The AMA-SPS is the largest senior physician group in the United States.

The history, governance and mission of the SPS

2016-2017 Governing Council Members

Staying active and involved

  • Learn the facts about MACRA (Medicare Assess and CHIP Reauthorization Act), and review the latest developments on the AMA's Advocacy Efforts.
  • Interested in returning back to practice? The AMA has developed re-entry resources that can help get you started. In addition, the AMA-SPS Governing Council would be interested in your feedback. Are you interested in full-time practice? Part-time? Free Clinics? Teaching? Let us know what resources would benefit you most at this stage of your career.
  • Learn the facts about health system reform, and review the latest developments on the AMA's Advocacy Efforts
  • Volunteer Opportunities for seniors
  • A copy of the State Licensing & Liability Laws, updated in October 2015, is available upon request. Please sent an e-mail to sps@ama-assn.org if you are interested in receiving a copy.

Call to action

AMA in Washington

2015 Jack B McConnell Award Winner 2015 Jack B McConnell Award Winner
Dr. Charles Clements (left) and Dr. Rafael Zaragonza (right)

Dr. Charles Clements and Dr. Rafael Zaragonza are the recipients of the Jack B. McConnell, MD Award for Excellence in Volunteerism in 2016. This award honors a senior (older than 55 years) physician's commitment to volunteer medical care.

Contact us at:

AMA Department of Senior Physicians Section
330 N Wabash
Chicago, IL 60611
Phone (312) 464-5523
Email: sps@ama-assn.org