AMA Wire

Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012

News for Women Physicians

Residency funding targeted for cuts; contact Congress

Residency funding targeted for cuts; contact Congress

Tell your members of Congress today that the Jan. 1 cut to graduate medical education (GME) funding must be averted.

Without congressional action, the 2 percent sequester cuts to Medicare will adversely affect GME funding.  This funding reduction would compromise access to care for patients and further limit the number of residency positions for an ever-growing number of medical students.

According to estimates, the United States will experience a shortage of more than 90,000 physicians by 2020. That number is expected to surpass 130,000 by 2025.

It only takes a moment to urge your elected officials to preserve current levels of GME funding.  Send an email through the AMA Physicians Grassroots Network today.

To learn more about the AMA's work with Congress this legislative session, including efforts to protect GME funding, read a recent blog post by AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD.

Apply for the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship by Feb. 25

Submit a research proposal for the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship, an effort by the AMA Women Physicians Congress and the AMA Foundation to advance the progress of women in the medical profession and to strengthen the AMA's ability to identify and address the needs and interests of women physicians and medical students.

Research proposals should focus on professional work or practice issues that affect women physicians.

While women represent an increasing percentage of matriculating medical students and practicing physicians, there is a lack of empirical studies or reliable data about the effect this trend is having on medicine and women physicians themselves. Research supported by the Joan F. Giambalvo Memorial Scholarship Fund is essential to evaluating issues regarding women in the medical work force and in facilitating understanding of future practice needs.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central time Feb. 25, either by email or mail (use of FedEx, UPS or DHL is encouraged).

AMPAC education programs help you influence politics

AMA members can make the leap from exam room to campaign trail by participating in one of two hands-on political education programs offered by the AMA Political Action Committee (AMPAC).

Members and their spouses interested in running for office can learn practical campaign skills from political veterans by attending the AMPAC Candidate Workshop, offered Feb. 15–17. The program includes training on campaign strategy and media advertising, as well as hands-on sessions in public speaking and fundraising. Past graduates have been elected to offices across the country, from city councils to state boards of education to the U.S. House of Representatives. Applications and essays for the Candidate Workshop are due Friday.

Members who wish to become involved in the political process as advocates and volunteers for medicine-friendly candidates can attend the AMPAC Campaign School, held April 17–21. This program is organized around a simulated congressional campaign, where participants are put on campaign "staff" teams and attend daily lectures on campaign strategy, media advertising and political fundraising. Applications and essays for the Campaign School are due Jan. 18.

Both programs take place in Arlington, Va. All expenses, excluding travel, will be covered for accepted applicants. Apply today.

If you're not an AMA member, join today and take advantage of opportunities such as these.

Open seats available on the AMA-WPC Governing Council

The AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) is looking to fill positions on its governing council.  In 2013, the AMA-WPC membership will elect two at-large members to serve two-year terms beginning in June. Nomination forms for these positions are due March 8. Read more about the governing council election.

In addition, a representative of the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS), nominated by the AMA-MSS and elected by the AMA-WPC membership, will serve a one-year term on the AMA-WPC Governing Council. Nominations for this position are due Jan. 31.