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Timeline for Resolutions, Online Member Forum and Virtual Assembly

Tuesday, September 8 – Resolution Deadline

SPS Resolutions must be submitted by September 8 for the 2015 Virtual SPS Assembly Meeting. Any SPS member may submit a resolution within the published deadlines for Governing Council review and approval. By authoring a resolution, you can become involved in the SPS and raise awareness of senior issues. The current focus for resolutions is working to engage senior physicians (age 65 and above, both active and retired) to help ensure high quality care and safety for patients by collaboration with other stakeholders in the changing health care system. The Senior Physicians Section identifies the needs and desires of senior physicians and advocates on their behalf.

For the Interim Meeting, resolutions should also be advocacy related. Please also view the AMA’s Policy Finder webpage to see if AMA policy already exists for your resolution idea. Resolutions must be submitted via e-mail to the following address: sps@ama-assn.org. Upon receipt of your resolution, a confirmation e-mail will be sent back to you. A resolution template is available for your use.

If you would like to receive support with your resolution, please contact our delegate, Claire Wolfe, MD, at cwolfe@columbus.rr.com or our alternate delegate, John Knote, MD, at johnknote@frontier.com.

Each resolution submitted to the Virtual SPS Assembly may result in either a directive for action or a new policy statement to be transmitted to the AMA House of Delegates (HOD) for consideration at the 2015 Annual Meeting. Please plan to discuss SPS resolutions on the online member forum.

September 14 - 25

Resolutions will be posted to an online member forum that allows senior physicians from across the US to access, review, and comment on them. Please enter testimony on resolutions and be sure to specify how the proposed action benefits senior physicians and/or their patients.

SPS members will receive an e-mail invitation letting them know when to provide their testimony or comments during the open forum period. Your feedback will help in determining the appropriate actions for the Virtual SPS Assembly.

Thursday, October 1 - Virtual SPS Assembly (8 p.m. EDT)
Following the online member forum, consensus opinions on SPS reports and resolutions will be developed during the Virtual SPS Assembly. The Virtual Assembly meeting is open to all SPS members and will convene via teleconference prior to the HOD handbook deadline. Meeting details will be posted on the SPS website and sent electronically in advance of the meeting to SPS members who have a valid e-mail address on file. A toll free number will be provided for the call. Please RSVP to sps@ama-assn.org by Monday, September 28 to receive the call information. A majority vote of those present via teleconference will guide the actions of the section Delegate on SPS items of business to be submitted to the AMA-HOD.


Saturday, November 14 - SPS Assembly Meeting and Educational Program
The SPS will hold its next Assembly meeting during the AMA's Interim Meeting in Atlanta. Any physician 65+ years of age or those interested in senior physician issues are welcome to attend. The meeting will be held on Saturday, November 14. Any SPS member who attends will be considered part of the voting assembly. Those present may introduce new items of business related to the Section's mission and review items in the HOD Handbook.