AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

For Medical Students

AMA aims to protect training positions for U.S. students

The AMA will advocate for federal and state legislation opposing large payments to teaching hospitals from for-profit unaccredited medical schools seeking to secure clinical clerkship positions, according to new policy adopted last week by the AMA House of Delegates.

Many for-profit, unaccredited medical schools that are not in the United States have begun making substantial payments to U.S. teaching hospitals in exchange for training positions in those hospitals for their students. As a result, many U.S. schools of medicine and osteopathic medicine are facing difficulty in securing training sites for U.S. students.

During the past several years, U.S. medical and osteopathic schools have increased their classes by 30 percent, making the availability of such training sites critical.

"Clinical training in U.S. teaching hospitals is a key component of medical education. The actions taken by for-profit unaccredited medical schools are making it difficult for U.S. medical and osteopathic medical schools to secure clinical training sites for their students in U.S. hospitals. The AMA passed policy that will advocate against this practice," AMA Board of Trustees member Stephen R. Permut, MD, said.

The AMA adopted the policy during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, and it's just one of more than 30 resolutions introduced to the House by the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS). The AMA-MSS also engaged in internal policy-making at its own annual assembly meeting on June 14–16, considering and acting on more than 40 items of business.

Read about other policies passed by the House, and view coverage of House actions by American Medical News.

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