AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

News for Academic Physicians

AMA-SMS meeting agenda book now available

The agenda book for the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) June meeting is posted online. Be sure to download your copy, as no hard copies or CDs of the book will be available. The meeting is scheduled to take place June 15-17 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Visit the AMA Section on Medical Schools Web page for more details about the meeting. If you have questions, email Jackie Drake of the AMA.

First Academic Medicine Caucus set for June 18

All AMA delegates and alternates with an academic appointment are invited to attend a new AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) caucus June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest pertaining to academic medicine.

The caucus will take place in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Information about the AMA's strategic direction to implement change in undergraduate medical education will be presented. Network with your colleagues and share your ideas on how the AMA can continue to provide leadership in transforming medical education.

Email Jackie Drake of the AMA if you have questions.

Med school leaders: Take advantage of AMA group membership option

Medical school leadership teams can enjoy special group membership with the AMA. Through this program, dues rates are discounted for a minimum membership commitment of six members of a leadership team. Further discounts are available for additional commitments from faculty members.

Take advantage of the value of AMA membership while adding your medical school leadership group's voice to AMA efforts to advance medical education, promote excellence in patient care and improve the practice of medicine. The academic physician community provides important leadership that is critical to develop new AMA programs and policies that will shape the future of medicine and medical education.

For more details, email the AMA or call (312) 464-4698.

Standardize handoffs, reduce errors by up to 40 percent

Standardizing and improving patient care handoffs during hospital shift changes can reduce medical errors by as much as 40 percent, physicians reported during the recent Pediatric Academic Societies annual meeting in Boston. Read more in this month's AMA MedEd Update.