AMA Wire

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

News for Academic Physicians

Submit policy resolutions for AMA Interim Meeting

The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) Governing Council is seeking ideas or actual language for AMA policy resolutions that address issues of importance to academic physicians. Resolutions are due Sept. 17 and will 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 in November.

Email Fred Lenhoff of the AMA with questions or proposed resolutions.

What do you think of AMA's strategic focus on med ed?

The AMA's new strategic direction features a renewed focus on accelerating change in medical education. How can the AMA best accomplish this goal? Voice your opinion now on this and other issues in medical education through the AMA's New Horizons in Medical Education online community.

Here are two comments posted there so far:

  • "We need to be more discriminating as to who we accept for medical schools. Oftentimes, we are just accepting high exam-scoring individuals who lack humanistic interpersonal relations skills. That is partly why we are in the position we are in today. We need to [teach] more relationship-building to successfully work in teams!"
  • "It is key that physicians see medical school residency and post residency as a single continuum. We all need to be learners throughout our careers to insure that we become and maintain competency throughout our careers. Having a single overall process will improve patient outcomes and keep physician frustration to a minimum."

AMA: Protect clinical clerkships for medical students

Last month during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, the House approved new policy to ensure the availability of clinical clerkships for U.S. medical students. The policy calls for the AMA to advocate for federal and state legislation to oppose extraordinary compensation for clinical clerkship sites that could result in displacement of U.S. medical students.

Read more about this new policy in coverage by American Medical News.

ECFMG launches career support and development program

A new program from the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) provides career planning support and services to international medical graduates (IMG) who have become ECFMG-certified physicians or who are preparing to be certified. 

The ECFMG Certificate Holders Office (ECHO) provides resources to help IMGs be better prepared and organized in making career decisions and provides guidance on applying to U.S. graduate medical education programs, obtaining a U.S. medical license and gaining medical specialty certification. The program also will provide opportunities for IMGs to network and share resources with one another, experts and organizations.