AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

For Minority Physicians

Career, wellness event to highlight first AMA-MAS assembly meeting

Career, wellness event to highlight first AMA-MAS assembly meeting

If you're attending the AMA Minority Affairs Section's (MAS) inaugural business meeting next week, then join the section for an AMA Doctors Back to School event from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Central time June 15 at Malcolm X College in Chicago.

The event, a joint effort by the AMA-MAS and the AMA Medical Student Section, will feature activities for 300 freshman entering Chicago Public Schools' Health Science Academy Program. Volunteers are needed. Register online or by contacting the AMA-MAS via email or at (312) 464-4743. And learn more elsewhere in AMA Wire.

The event is just one of several that will be held in conjunction with the AMA-MAS meeting, which which will take place at 5 p.m. Central time June 15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Keynote speaker Barbara Ross-Lee, DO, vice president for health sciences and medical affairs at New York Institute of Technology, will discuss ways to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care.

The AMA-MAS meeting also will feature an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that would affect minority physicians and patients. A networking reception honoring the medical student recipients of the AMA Foundation's Minority Scholars Award will take place during the AMA-MAS meeting.

The section will hold mock medical school interviews from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Central time June 16 at AMA headquarters in Chicago. Physicians will educate pre-med students from Chicago State University on the fundamentals of interviewing for admission to medical school. Volunteers are needed; contact the AMA-MAS via email or at (312) 464-4335 to sign up.

Meeting attendees also can attend an education session titled "Impacting health outcomes: Addressing ethnic and racial health care disparities" from 10 to 11 a.m. Central time June 18 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. James Galloway, MD, regional health administrator with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will be the keynote speaker. Physicians can earn continuing medical education credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for participating.

Registration for the AMA-MAS meeting is now open; log in and register today. If you have questions about the meeting, contact Cynthia Norwood of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-4743.

Report: Disparities persist as quality improves slowly

Overall quality improved at a rate of 2.5 percent a year between 2002 and 2008, but access to care did not, according to a new report by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ). However, the report also found that more gaps in quality of care narrowed slightly during the six-year period than got worse.

The report, the ninth annual edition of the AHRQ's National Healthcare Disparities Report, shows that the greatest disparities were seen in ethnicity and income levels. View an American Medical News story about the report.