AMA Wire

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012

News for Academic Physicians

Come to Hawaii for the next AMA-SMS meeting

Register today to attend the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) Interim Assembly Meeting, which will take place Nov. 9–10 in Honolulu. Log in and register online, then view more details about the meeting, which will take place in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

The meeting agenda will include a more in-depth examination of the issue of medical student mistreatment in light of new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduation Questionnaire showing that 47 percent of graduating medical students are reporting mistreatment. View American Medical News' coverage of the AAMC data. In addition, a leading anger management expert will discuss his work in helping health professionals handle their emotions on the job.

Attendees also will participate in a discussion of the AMA's new strategic focus on accelerating change in medical education. The meeting includes a presentation on innovations in medical education at the University of Hawaii and the unique public health challenges faced on the island.

Entries, judges wanted for AMA Research Symposium

This year's AMA Research Symposium provides unique opportunities for just about everyone in the profession.

For residents, fellows, medical students and Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates certified international medical graduates (IMG) awaiting residency, it's a chance to showcase their original research. For physicians—whether in practice, in academia or retired—it's an occasion to help mentor the next generation of doctors.

The symposium, which will take place Nov. 9 in Honolulu as part of the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, annually attracts some of the brightest young minds in medicine. Now in its 10th year, the event—traditionally for residents, fellows and medical students only—has been opened to include all IMGs who are certified by the ECFMG and have not matched to a residency.

Research abstracts for the symposium are due Friday, and separate rules and categories for residents and fellows, medical students and ECFMG-certified IMGs awaiting residency are available online. Physicians interested in serving as judges can email Katherine Torres-Hertz of the AMA for details. Judges must be present at the symposium.

The symposium is open to AMA members only. If you're not a member, join today and be part of what promises to be an enriching experience for all involved.

Apply for board, review committee appointments

AMA members interested in being part of either the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the Residency Review Committee for Medical Genetics are invited to apply today. Interested candidates must submit their nomination materials to the AMA Council on Medical Education by Sept. 15. Learn more by visiting the Council on Medical Education Web page.

If you're not an AMA member, join today.

Indiana University medical student group named AMA-MSS School of the Year

The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) chapter at Indiana University School of Medicine recently earned the AMA-MSS School of the Year Award. This annual award is given to a local AMA section that makes significant contributions toward membership, community service, innovation and collaboration with other student groups and colleagues, among other focus areas. The local section will receive $500 toward future endeavors.

Special events held by the chapter included a cell phone collection for soldiers and an education event for children to increase their interest in life sciences. Read more in the section's winning application, which is available on the AMA-MSS School of the Year Award Web page.

Proposed policy resolutions wanted for Interim Meeting

The AMA Section on Medical Schools is seeking ideas or actual language for AMA policy resolutions that address areas of importance to academic physicians. Resolutions are due Sept. 17 and would be debated Nov. 10–13 in Honolulu during the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

As a reminder, the focus of this year's Interim Meeting is on advocacy and legislation. Resolutions for the AMA-SMS June 2013 meeting also will be accepted for discussion at the Interim Meeting. Email Fred Lenhoff of the AMA with questions or proposed resolutions.