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Timeline for Resolutions, Online Member Forum and Virtual Assembly

Resolution Deadline, Friday, Sept. 9
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 and the Senior Physicians Section (SPS), 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 over, both active and retired).

The emphasis on certain medical issues and medical practice trends changes over time. It is both beneficial and effective to the Section if the AMA voices the positions doctors take on the current issues of the day that impact all senior physicians.

Although proposed resolutions on any topic will be given consideration, the following are broad topics affecting senior physicians that are more likely to be accepted for transmittal to our House of Delegates (HOD) for adoption.


  1. Practice patterns and transitioning out of practice. Senior physicians should stay in practice as long as they have the desire and competency to do so, in order to care for an expanding patient population. How can senior physicians be an ongoing resource, thereby using their talents and experience?
  2. Senior physicians' roles in supplementing or filling gaps in community health needs.  How can senior physicians impact health concerns or the delivery of health services for the medically underserved or those suffering chronic diseases?
  3. Overcoming barriers to adopting and implementing technology. What kind of improvements can be made to address recordkeeping, administrative processes or care coordination to help physicians as they age?

An initial review of all resolutions will focus on whether the resolution pertains to the mission of the Section and if the proposal duplicates existing AMA policy. It is recommended you view the AMA's PolicyFinder web page to see if AMA policy already exists on your resolution idea.

If you would like help with your proposed resolution, contact our delegate, Claire Wolfe, MD, or our alternate delegate, John Knote, MD for assistance.  A resolution template or resolution idea template is available online for your use.  Resolutions must be submitted via email by Sept. 9 to sps@ama-assn.org. Upon receipt of your resolution, a confirmation email will be sent to you.  We look forward to receiving your resolution as you keep these priorities in mind.

Each resolution submitted to the virtual AMA-SPS meeting may result in either a directive for action or a new policy statement to be transmitted to the AMA-HOD for consideration. Please plan to discuss your AMA-SPS resolution idea on the online member forum.

AMA-SPS Mission Statement

With an aging population and a shortage of physicians facing America, the Senior Physicians Section will work to engage senior physicians (age 65 and older), both active and retired, to ensure high-quality care and safety for patients by collaboration with other stakeholders in the changing health care system. The AMA-SPS will identify the needs and desires of senior physicians and advocate on their behalf.

SPS Policy

Please view the AMA's PolicyFinder to see if AMA policy already exists for the resolution you would like to propose before submitting. Please note the following resolutions related to senior physician issues:

B-7.9 Senior Physicians Section (I-12)
D-160.991 Licensure and Liability for Senior Physician Volunteers (A-14)
D-275.956 Assuring Safe and Effective Care for Patients by Senior/Late Career Physicians (A-15)
D-275.984 Licensure and Liability for Senior Physician Volunteers (A-14)
H-25.990 Eye Exams for the Elderly (A-15)
H-25.992 Senior Suicide (A-10)
H-25.993 Senior Care (A-10)
H-25.994 Increased Liaison, Communication and Educational Efforts with the Elderly (A-14)
H-25.995 Exercise Programs for the Elderly (A-15)
H-25.996 Retirement and Hiring Practices (A-08)
H-25.998 Policy Recommendations in the Field of Aging (A-08)
H-25.999 Health Care for Older Patients (A-13)
H-295.981 Geriatric Medicine (A-10)

Online Member Forum, Sept.12–23
We are pleased to announce that the Senior Physicians Section (SPS) online member forum will be open for 2 weeks, 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. Please contact us if you have questions.

Virtual SPS Assembly, Thursday, Sept. 29 (8 p.m. EDT)
We invite you to participate in the Virtual SPS Assembly conference call on Thursday, September 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern time. 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.

The virtual meeting is open to all AMA-SPS members. Meeting details will be posted on the AMA-SPS website and sent electronically in advance of the meeting to AMA-SPS members who have a valid email address on file. A toll-free number will be provided for the call. A majority vote of those present via teleconference will guide the actions of the AMA-SPS delegate on AMA-SPS items of business submitted to the AMA-HOD.

SPS Assembly Meeting, Saturday, Nov. 12
The AMA-SPS will hold its next assembly meeting during the AMA's Annual Meeting in Chicago. Any physician 65 years of age and older or those interested in senior physician issues are welcome to attend. Any AMA-SPS member who attends will be considered part of the assembly and may introduce new items of business related to the section's mission and review items in the AMA-HOD Handbook.