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AMA-SPS Meetings & Events

AMA Senior Physicians Section (AMA-SPS) Meetings & Events

AMA-SPS Interim Meeting
Saturday, Nov. 12
Walt Disney World Swan & Dolphin Resort
Orlando, Florida
Room: Americas Seminar (Dolphin)


11 a.m.–noon
Assembly Business -
Open invitation to all physicians 65 years of age and older to attend. The Senior Physicians Section (SPS) will discuss AMA House of Delegates’ business items and future AMA-SPS activities. A light lunch will be offered at 11:30 a.m. on a first-come, first-served basis

Noon–1:30 p.m.
Program: Stay Young, Stay Fit, Avoid Burnout

Robert L. Hatch, MD, professor, director of medical education, Department of Community Health & Family Medicine, University of Florida College of Medicine.

Robert M. Wah, MD, faculty, reproductive endocrinology and obstetrics/gynecology at the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Institutes of Health and former president of the American Medical Association (2014-2015)

Moderator: Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH, chair, SPS

Program Description:
Physician’s well-being can have a positive impact on patient care, especially in counseling their patients to adopt healthier behaviors for the prevention of chronic disease. This session will look at creating a more positive, strength-based approach for empowering physicians to take charge of their own health, and find sources of support before burnout occurs.

To recognize and support physician health at each stage of professional development, Dr. Hatch will speak on how to ensure that physician wellness is not forgotten-either in academic medicine, with its focus on physicians in-training, or for physicians approaching semi-retirement and retirement. As a family doctor working with a geriatric population, Dr. Hatch will share insights into how senior physicians can be proactive in avoiding burnout and in enhancing their quality of life. Separately, Dr. Wah’s presentation will address the AMA’s recent policy on physician health that was established by the World Medical Association and developed during his year as president of the AMA.

Upon completion of this activity, the physician will be able to:

  • Assess the impact of physician well-being on patient care
  • Develop effective prevention methods to limit the risk of burnout
  • Identify strategies tohelp patients and physicians in training maintain healthy lifestyles

Approved for 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM

The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Future Meeting Schedule


House of Delegates Interim Meetings
Nov. 12-15, 2016 - Walt Disney World Swan/Dolphin, Orlando, Fla.
Nov. 11-14, 2017 - Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, Hawaii