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AMA-SPS Previous Meeting Highlights

Below you can find previous meeting highlights from the Senior Physicians Section.

2014 Annual Meeting

A-14 Senior Physicians Section Highlights

The AMA-SPS Section sponsored a joint educational program entitled "Evaluating Impairment in the Senior Physician:  Assuring Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being."  This well-attended program featured Dr. David E.J. Bazzo, Clinical Professor, Family Medicine, University of California San Diego School of Medicine and Dr. Mary Yarbrough, Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Assistant Professor, Preventive Medicine, Vanderbilt School of Medicine.  The program was facilitated by Dr. Nancy H. Nielsen, Senior Associate Dean, Health Policy, from the University of Buffalo School of Medicine.  This session focused on current discussions for assessing physician competency and the maintenance of skills.  Participants learned how institutions are evaluating senior physicians and developing screening procedures for assessments of physical and mental health. 

The AMA-SPS Governing Council met June 6 to review resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues, and completed Board Candidate interviews.  The SPS transmitted Resolution 308 to the House, Competency and the Aging Physician, which asks that the AMA study the issue of competency in aging physicians and develop guidelines, if the study supports such a need, for appropriate mechanisms of assessment to assure that America's physicians remain able to best care for their patients.  

During the Assembly meeting, this year's elections of committee officers were announced: Claire V. Wolfe, MD (Dublin, OH), was elected Delegate and John A. Knote, MD (West Lafayette, IN) was elected Alternate Delegate.  Paul H. Wick, MD (Tyler, TX) will become Chair, assuming his responsibilities after the Annual Meeting.  New Officer-at-large members (one year positions) include Angus M. McBryde, Jr., MD (Columbia, SC) and Barbara S. Schneidman, MD (Seattle, WA).  For the Officer-at-large (two year positions), Dr. Louis Weinstein, MD (Charleston, SC) was elected and Barbara A. Hummel, MD (Muskego, WI), was reelected to the office. 

Dr. Claire Wolfe, SPS Delegate, testifies at the HoD Meeting

Dr. David E.J. Bazzo, San Diego School of Medicine, was a speaker at the CME Educational Session

Approximately 150 physicians attended the CME Program entitled, "Evaluating Impairment in the Senior Physician:  Assuring Patient Safety and Physician Well-Being"

Dr. Nancy Nielsen, University at Buffalo School of Medicine, was a facilitator for the CME Educational Session

Dr. Mary Yarbrough, Vanderbilt School of Medicine, was a speaker at the CME Educational Session

2013 Interim Meeting

Senior physician meetings focus on “staying young,” licensure issues

At the second assembly meeting of the AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPG) AMA Trustee Joseph P. Annis, MD, delivered the keynote presentation entitled, "Aging for docs—how to stay young, sharp and relevant despite the calendar: The new AMA Senior Physicians Section." 

The assembly provides a forum for members 65 years of age and older to discuss AMA-SPS business and future activities, as well as AMA House of Delegates business items. 

The Nov. 16 session covered such topics as the possibility that senior physicians may face increased requirements to maintain licensure and how the AMA-SPS can help drive an evidence-based system that does not discriminate on the basis of age.

In addition, Richert (Rich) E. Quinn, Jr., MD, AMA-SPS chairman, outlined the new online elections for the section’s governing council, which will open in January 2014. 

Dr. Virginia Latham, Alternate Delegate and Dr. Claire Wolfe, Delegate, attend the SPS Assembly Meeting in National Harbor, MD

Keynote Speaker, Dr. Joseph Annis, Board of Trustees Member, addresses the SPS Assembly

2013 Annual Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting Images


Educational Program Speakers & Facilitator


Sheila M. LoboPrabhu, MD


Luis T. Sanchez, MD


Dr. Richert (Rich) Quinn honors Dr. Claire Wolfe for her year as Governing Council Chair

AMA-SPS Assembly Meeting

2013 Annual Meeting Highlights – Submitted by the Delegate and Alternate Delegate

SPS Educational Session

Title: The Aging Physician, Opportunities and Challenges
Date/Time: Saturday, June 15, 2013; 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
The Aging Physician Presentation Slides
Print out a copy of the flier for this event.

Program Description:

The physician workforce is aging and this trend will only continue upwards as baby boomers turn 65. Senior physicians today will confront a changing regulatory environment that will need to meet physicians' needs and balance the concerns of public safety and opportunities for those continuing in practice. How can we improve understanding of impairment in older physicians related to conditions more prevalent with advanced aging and facilitate the planning of prevention strategies?

This program will cover the physiology of aging and its implications for physicians, and review what State Medical Boards are currently advising. There are no easy answers for assessment and treatment, but the AMA should have a role in determining competency measurements in an aging workforce. This session will examine positive ways in which current physician leaders might welcome new guidelines for addressing the special circumstances and needs of senior physicians.

Objectives of the Program:

1. Discuss the physiology of aging with emphasis on normal and abnormal sensory and cognitive changes.
2. Discuss the issue of cognitive impairment in aging physicians with emphasis on assessment of competency.
3. Develop strategies that can be designed to retain doctors in the workforce and practice in a safe manner.
4. Discussion of an agenda for future study of the issue with the eventual goal to disseminate guidelines for assessing competency in senior physicians.

Hosted by the American Medical Association Senior Physicians Section; Council on Medical Education (CME); Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH); International Medical Graduates Section (IMG); Organized Medical Staff Section (OMSS); Section on Medical Schools (SMS); Women Physicians Congress (WPC) and the Young Physicians Section (YPS).

2012 Interim Meeting

The AMA Senior Physicians Group (SPG) hosted a panel discussion at its Meeting of State Liaisons Saturday afternoon on "Assessing Clinical Competency in Senior Physicians." The featured speaker was Paul H. Wick, MD, SPG Governing Council Member, followed by a discussion from panelists Peter W. Carmel, MD, Immediate Past President of the AMA, and Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, MPH, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Board. This session covered such topics as the possibility that senior physicians may face increased requirements to maintain licensure and how the AMA-SPG can help drive an evidence-based system that does not discriminate on the basis of age. The event drew more than 35 physicians, including AMA delegates.

At the state liaisons meeting, the SPG GC also discussed CLRPD Report 1-I-12, Proposal for a Senior Physicians Section. The CLRPD has determined that the proposal meets its criteria for Section Status and will advance a report at the House of Delegates Meeting. Members of the SPG GC have offered the new section proposal to support and bring a specific and clear voice to physicians over the age of 65, regardless of employment status, into the AMA HOD and into the policymaking and programming of the organization.

 


Patrice Harris, MD, SPS Liaison to the Board, attends the Educational Session at Interim 2012


Paul Wick, MD, Keynote Speaker for the Educational Program entitled, Assessing Clinical Competency in Senior Physicians

2012 Annual Meeting

The AMA-SPG sponsored a continuing medical education program entitled, "Advocacy With Your Elected Officials: The Senior Physician’s Role in the Community" that featured Richard Deem, AMA Senior Vice President of Advocacy as speaker. Virginia T. Latham, MD, Chair of the AMA-SPG Governing Council, moderatedthe program that was well attended.In addition, the AMA-SPGheld a roundtable discussion on seven topics of interest to medical students on June 15 with a program entitled "If I Knew Then, What I Know Now: Round Table with Senior Physician Mentors."

The AMA-SPG Governing Council met June 15-16. The council reviewed resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues. The newly elected Chair-Elect, Richert E. Quinn, Jr., MD, assumes his responsibilities on July 1st. In addition, the Board appointed two new members for a three-year term: Barbara A. Hummel, MD (West Allis, Wis.) and Paul H. Wick, MD (Tyler, Texas).

At the Meeting of the State Liaisons, the council discussed working to expand its outreach to physicians 65 and older. The meeting continues to bring together senior physician leaders to discuss emerging senior physician issues.Visit the AMA-SPS Web page (www.ama-assn.org/go/sps) to learn more about the Senior Physicians Group.

Richard Deem

Richard A. Deem, SVP of Advocacy, addresses questions from audience members.

2011 Interim Meeting

During its business meeting on Nov. 12, the AMA-SPG Governing Council met to review resolutions and reports relevant to senior physician issues. The Governing Council reconvened for a half day of meetings on Sunday and Monday to discuss long term objectives for the group. The Governing Council is focused on strategies to engage more senior physicians in the AMA’s activities and policies as well as awareness of senior physician issues.   

At the Meeting of the State Liaisons, the AMA-SPG hosted a program on "What Can and Should We Do As Senior Physicians Leaders." Attendees learned how states have united their retired and semi-retired physicians for increased awareness of issues confronting senior physicians today. An interactive discussion followed that focused on the most pertinent issues and problems that face seniors today as they move into retirement age. Resources were distributed from a recent senior physicians survey which focused on tailoring programs and products to serve our members better.

I-11 Senior Physicians Group Photos

Virginia Latham

Dr. Virginia Latham, AMA-SPG Chair, moderates the Meeting of the State Liaisons.

I-11 Governing Council

AMA-SPG Governing Council Members Dr. John Knote and Dr. Joseph Murphy answer questions from audience members at the program entitled, "What Can and Should We Do as Senior Physician Leaders?"

2011 Annual Meeting

The AMA Senior Physicians Group sponsored a CME educational program entitled, "Senior Physicians Returning to Practice," with speaker Elizabeth Grace, MD, from the Centers for Personalized Education for Physicians (CPEP). Virginia Latham, MD, Chair-Elect moderated the program.  The event had over 30 physicians in attendance, including current House of Delegates Members and American Medical News staff.

The AMA-SPG Governing Council met on Friday and Saturday for a half day of meetings.  An interactive discussion focusing on the most pertinent issues and problems facing seniors as they move into retirement age, as well as resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues were discussed.  In addition, the Governing Council reappointed two of its members to the AMA-SPG Governing Council for a second three year term: Joseph L. Murphy, MD (Chicago,  Illinois) and Claire V. Wolfe, MD (Dublin, Ohio).

At the Meeting of the State Liaisons, the Governing Council discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians 65 years of age and older. Joanne Schwartzberg, MD, Director, Aging & Community Health, provided the keynote address, and discussed the Senior Physicians Ambassador Program, an initiative that brings together senior physician leaders and community-based organizations to strengthen the understanding of public health issues.

A-11 Senior Physicians Group Photos

The AMA-SPG Governing Council met on June 17th and June 18th in Chicago.

Elizabeth Grace, MD, spoke on the topic of senior physicians returning to practice.

2010 Interim Meeting

AMA-SPG Governing Council discusses expanding outreach

During its business meeting Nov. 7, the AMA Senior Physicians Group (SPG) Governing Council discussed the most pertinent issues and problems facing seniors as they move into retirement age, as well as reviewing resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues. Special guests included the U.S. Army Medical Department and representatives from the Harris County Medical Society, which this year launched a test pilot of the Senior Physician Ambassador Program in Houston.

At the AMA-SPG's State Liaisons meeting, the governing council discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians age 65 and older. Keynote speaker James M. Galloway, MD, assistant U.S. surgeon general presented on "The evolving role of senior physicians in public health."

The state liaisons also discussed a report by the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development regarding the establishment and functions of section. They discussed the group's efforts to engage more senior physicians in the AMA's activities and policies to increase awareness of senior physician issues.

AMA-SPG fails to receive section status

After much debate, the AMA House of Delegates this week voted not to provide section status to the AMA Senior Physicians Group. If section status had been approved, senior physicians would have gained a delegate and an alternate delegate in the House.

I-10 Senior Physicians Group Photos

 

2010-2011 AMA-SPG Governing Council

The 2010-2011 AMA-SPG Governing Council met on Saturday, November 7, for a half day of meetings in San Diego.

James M. Galloway, MD

James M. Galloway,MD, Assistant US Surgeon General, Rear Admiral, United States Public Health Service, provides the keynote address on "The Evolving Role of Senior Physicians in Public Health," at the State Liaison Meeting in San Diego.

Dr. Louito Edje

Dr. Louito Edje, Alternate Delegate from Ohio, prepares to testify at Reference Committee F.

Dr. Susan Hubbell

Dr. Susan Hubbell, Delegate, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, testified in support of section status for the Senior Physicians Group.

Dr. Albert Blumberg

Dr. Albert Blumberg,Delegate,Radiation Oncology,testifies in support of sectionstatus for the Senior Physicians Group.

Dr. Harold Ishler

Dr. Harold Ishler, Louisiana, Alternate Delegate, Family Medicine, testifies in support of sectionstatus for the Senior Physicians Group.

Dr. Julie Komarow

Dr. Julie Komarow,Delegate, Family Medicine, testifies in support of section status for the Senior Physicians Group.

Dr. Bohn Allen

Dr. Bohn Allen, SPG Governing Council member, spoke in support ofsection status for the Senior Physicians Group.

SPG Congratulates Galloway

The AMA-SPG Governing Council congratulates Dr. James Galloway on his keynote address at the Meeting of the State Liaisons (I-10) in San Diego.

Physician Reentry

The AMA Sections and Special Groups host an educational session at I-10 entitled, "Physicians Reentry to Clinical Practice: What You Need to Know," an important topic for seniors.

John Knote, MD

John Knote, MD, SPG Past Chair, reflects on a comment made at this year's Governing Council Meeting in San Diego (I-10).

2010 Annual Meeting

More than 100 physicians attended an educational session entitled "A practical use of the principles of organized medicine," held June 12 and sponsored by the AMA-SPG and the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section. AMA-SPG Governing Council member Virginia Latham, MD, moderated the program, and Joseph Murphy, MD, the governing council’s vice chair, served as a panelist on the program.

The AMA-SPG Governing Council held its half-day meeting June 11 to discuss pertinent issues and problems facing seniors as they move into retirement age. The governing council also reviewed resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues, as well as reappointing three of its members to the GC - John Knote, MD, Virginia Latham, MD, and Arthur Eberly Jr., MD—all for a second three-year term.

At the June 11 meeting of state liaisons, the governing council discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians age 65 and older. Robert McAfee, MD, former AMA president and keynote speaker for the event, discussed Resolution 612, which calls for the AMA-SPG to become a Section in order to engage more senior physicians in the AMA and to increase awareness of senior physician issues.

A-10 Senior Physicians Group Photos

 

SPG Governing Council
2010-2011 AMA-SPG Governing Council met on Friday, June 11, for a full day of meetings.

John Knote
John Knote, MD, chairs the Senior Physician Group Governing Council Meeting.

Betty Drees
Betty Drees, MD, Chair, Section on Medical Schools meets with the Governing Council to discuss ideas for collaboration between the two groups.

Joseph Murphy
Joseph Murphy, MD, Vice Chair, addresses audience members for the OMSS-SPG Educational Joint Session.

John Knote
John Knote, MD, testifies on behalf of Resolution 612 for the establishment of a Senior Physicians Group (SPG) Section.

Bohn Allen
Bohn Allen, MD testifies at Reference Committee F on behalf of the Senior Physicians Group.

2009 Interim Meeting

The Senior Physicians Group met on Friday to discuss a wide variety of issues, with a focus on volunteerism. The group discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians 65 years of age and older, through involvement and communications.  The AMA Senior Physicians Group sponsored its third meeting of state liaisons on Friday, led by the SPG Chair, John Knote, MD. The group has grown to include almost 30 states over the past year.

On Saturday, the group held an educational session on the Volunteers in Medicine Program, for a discussion of the network of free clinics for the uninsured staffed by retired medical professionals. Speaker Todd Sagin, MD, JD, from the Volunteers in Medicine Institute Board of Directors, outlined VIM's goals, in addition to presenting areas where seniors can benefit their services most.  The speaker helped participants understand how a VIM program was set up, including how senior physicians can play a role in developing a clinic in their own communities. Also, key HOD reports and resolutions were discussed, to help formalize AMA policy for senior physicians.


Claire Wolfe, MD, SPG GC Member, comments on presentations made during the Senior Physicians Group Governing Council Meeting


SPG GC members attend the Governing Council meeting for a full agenda on Friday morning


John Knote, MD, SPG Chair, moderates the Educational Session


John Knote, MD, SPG Chair, answers questions from an audience member after the SPG Educational Program


Todd Sagin, MD, JD, speaker for the Educational Program on Volunteers in Medicine


Todd Sagin, MD, JD, responds to questions from audience members

2009 Annual Meeting

The AMA Senior Physicians Group sponsored its second meeting of state liaisons on Friday, led by the SPG Chair, William Jacott, MD, that included a special presentation by Joanne Schwartzberg, AMA Director of Aging & Community Service.  On Saturday, the group held an educational program entitled ‘Keeping Senior Physicians in Practice:  Issues of Competency, Recertification and the Value of Experience’, spotlighting the value that senior physicians bring to a practice and common age-related issues to be aware of.  This year, more than 300 physicians attended the event which was sponsored by the Advisory Committee on Group Practice Physicians, the Organized Medical Staff Section and the Senior Physicians Group. 

In the Seniors Governing Council Meeting, the group recognized William Jacott, MD and John Nettles, MD, who are leaving the Council.  In addition, the GC welcomed its two newest members, Bohn Allen, MD, from Texas and Richert Quinn, Jr., MD from Colorado.  The Governing Council discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians 65 years of age and older, through involvement and communications. Also, key HoD reports and resolutions were discussed, that would impact policy for all senior physicians.   

Joseph Murphy, MD and Claire Wolfe, MD

Joseph Murphy, MD and Claire Wolfe, MD, SPG GC members, listen intently to the presentation by Membership during the Governing Council Meeting

Richert Quinn, Jr., MD

Richert Quinn, Jr., MD, joins the group as a new member of the Senior Physicians Group Governing Council in 2009-2010

John Knote, MD

John Knote, MD and John (Jack) Nettles, MD, SPG GC members, comment on presentations made during the Senior Physicians Group Governing Council Meeting

SPG Governing Council members

SPG Governing Council members attend the Governing Council meeting for a full agenda on Saturday morning

William Jacott, MD

William Jacott, MD, SPG Chair, moderates the educational program on Saturday afternoon entitled, 'Keeping Senior Physicians in Practice', cosponsored with OMSS and the ACGP

2008 Annual Meeting

The Senior Physicians Group Governing Council sponsored its caucus, "Life After Practice and Organized Medicine Leadership," on Saturday, June 14, spotlighting three former AMA presidents, Lonnie Bristow, MD, Daniel Johnson, Jr., MD, and Robert McAfree, MD. The meeting was moderated by William Jacott, MD, Chair of the Senior Physicians Group Governing Council. The event drew more than 50 senior physician attendees.

The group recognized Irwin Kline, MD, who is leaving the council, and welcomed its two newest members, Claire Wolfe, MD, and Joseph Murphy, MD. The AMA-SPG Governing Council discussed working toward expanding its outreach to senior physicians 65 years of age and older through involvement and communications. Also, key House of Delegates reports and resolutions were discussed, formalizing policy for senior physicians.

The Senior Physicians Governing Council is committed to building a stronger Senior Physicians Group for the AMA and its senior members.

Photos

AMA Former Presidents are keynote speakers for the SPG Caucus: Daniel Johnson, Jr., MD; Robert McAfee, MD; and Lonnie Bristow, MD

AMA Former Presidents are keynote speakers for the SPG Caucus: Daniel Johnson, Jr., MD; Robert McAfee, MD; and Lonnie Bristow, MD

Daniel H. Johnson, Jr., MD, AMA President 1996-97

Daniel H. Johnson, Jr., MD, AMA President 1996-97

Robert E. McAfee, MD, AMA President 1994-95

Robert E. McAfee, MD, AMA President 1994-95

Lonnie R. Bristow, MD, AMA President 1995-96

Lonnie R. Bristow, MD, AMA President 1995-96

2008 Interim Meeting

The AMA Senior Physicians Group sponsored its first meeting of state liaisons on Friday, led by the SPG Chair, William Jacott, MD. On Saturday, the group held a caucus entitled "Senior Physicians Retirement Challenges", spotlighting two former AMA presidents Nancy Dickey, MD, and Alan Nelson, MD, along with SPG Governing Council Vice-Chair John Knote. This year, more than 50 senior physicians attended the event that included current HOD Members and OMSS staff.

In the Seniors Governing Council Meeting, the group discussed working to expand its outreach to senior physicians 65 years of age and older, through involvement and communications. Also, key HOD reports and resolutions were discussed, to formalize AMA policy for senior physicians.

2007 Interim Meeting

The Senior Physician Governing Council in Honolulu, Hawaii

The Senior Physician Governing Council (Left to right, John Nettles, MD; Virginia Latham, MD; Irwin Kline, MD; William Jacott, MD, Chair; John Knote, MD; Arthur Eberly, Jr., MD)

Senior Physicians Group Governing Council & Caucus

Saturday, Nov. 10
Honolulu, Hawaii

The AMA-SPG Governing Council met on Saturday to discuss a wide range of items focused on learning more about the senior physician population and addressing the needs of this growing segment. The governing council is committed to building a stronger Senior Physicians Group for the AMA by increasing the involvement and direction within its senior members. The governing council recognized its two newest members, Virginia Latham, MD, from Harvard, MA; and John Knote, MD from West Lafayette, Ind.

The AMA-SPG sponsored its second caucus, led by Chair William Jacott, MD. The section welcomed AMA President Ronald M. Davis, MD, as a keynote speaker focusing on the issue of Medicare's preventive services for seniors, including screening tests and immunizations that previously were not covered. The group heard an update from Matthew Katz, executive director of the Connecticut State Medical Society, on the recent success of the senior physician membership program in that state. The meeting also included an interactive discussion about issues facing seniors as they move into retirement.

2007 Annual Meeting

The Senior Physicians Group (SPG) Governing Council (GC) met at the Annual Meeting on Saturday, June 23rd in Chicago. The AMA-SPG GC recognized two of its longtime members who are leaving the Council: Howard Harrison, MD, and Albert Miller, MD. In addition, the GC recognized two new members: Arthur Eberly, Jr., MD, and John Knote, MD.

Photos

This year more than 50 guests attended the event, which featured guest speaker Joanne Disch, PhD, Chair of AARP's National Board of Directors.

Keynote speaker, Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair of the AARP National Board of Directors, addresses the attendees at the luncheon.

Keynote speaker, Joanne Disch, PhD, RN, FAAN, Chair of the AARP National Board of Directors, addresses the attendees at the luncheon.

Howard D. Harrison,  MD, Chair, Host of the AMA SPG Group's 50-year Recognition Luncheon

Howard D. Harrison, MD, Chair, Host of the AMA SPG Group's 50-year Recognition Luncheon

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Francis Banich, MD, his 50-year Certificate

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Francis Banich, MD, his 50-year Certificate

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Melecio Flores, MD, his 50-year Certificate.

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Melecio Flores, MD, his 50-year Certificate.

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Saib Isterabadi, MD, his 50-year Certificate.

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Saib Isterabadi, MD, his 50-year Certificate.

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Novella Ann Schafer, MD, her 50-year Certificate.

Howard Harrison, MD, presents Novella Ann Schafer, MD, her 50-year Certificate.

The AMA honors physician members celebrating their 50-year anniversary from medical school at the SPG Luncheon.

The AMA honors physician members celebrating their 50-year anniversary from medical school at the SPG Luncheon.

This year more than 50 guests attended the event, which featured guest speaker Joanne Disch, PhD, Chair of AARP's National Board of Directors.

This year more than 50 guests attended the event, which featured guest speaker Joanne Disch, PhD, Chair of AARP's National Board of Directors.