Wednesday, March 14, 2012
News for Academic Physicians
Submit policy resolutions for AMA Annual Meeting
The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) Governing Council seeks ideas or actual language for AMA policy resolutions that address areas of importance to academic physicians. Resolutions are due April 23 and will be debated June 16–20 in Chicago during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Email Jackie Drake of the AMA with questions or proposed resolutions.
MCAT to place broader expectations on students
Changes to the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) will ensure that medical school applicants receive a wide-ranging education that enables them to communicate well with patients and understand the many social and behavioral factors that affect health, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges.
Starting in 2015, the MCAT will include two new sections: One will be knowledge of psychological, social and biological foundations of behavior; the other will cover critical analysis and reasoning skills. The writing portion will be eliminated, and the overall exam time will increase to more than six hours.
Visit the Association of American Medical Colleges website for more about the revised MCAT. Also, view a story by American Medical News about the test's changes. The story includes comments from Darrell G. Kirch, MD, president and CEO of the Association of Medical Colleges.
Earn CME by viewing new education program webcasts
Learn about physician leadership, engaging members of the medical staff to improve quality and the future of the medical staff organization by viewing new webcasts from the AMA Organized Medical Staff Section. Physicians can claim continuing medical education (CME) credit for watching the webcasts. Titles include:
- "Doing the right thing for our patients: leading as a professional" (1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™)
- "Engaging members of the medical staff to measure and improve quality" (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)
- "Future of the medical staff: strategies for re-engineering governance and operations to advance clinical and strategic imperatives" (1.25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™)
AMA members can view these webcasts for free; nonmembers can watch them for $75 each. If you're not an AMA member, join today.
The American Medical Association is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.