AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

For Residents

Map shows where in U.S. physicians are needed most

A county-by-county map of the United States illustrates which parts of the country have the greatest need for physicians. For example, the 17,000 residents of Clark County, Miss., do not have a single primary care physician in the area, while Manhattan, N.Y., has one doctor for every 500 people.

Geographic data firm Esri developed the map, which proves that where patients reside often determines access to basic health care. Improving access to care has long been a main priority of the AMA.

Disability plan tailored to transitioning residents

More than 25 percent of today's 20-year-olds will become disabled before they turn 67, according to data from the Social Security Administration. A new individual disability insurance program available exclusively to eligible finishing residents and fellows can help you ensure that you have quality individual disability income coverage.

The program, called Essentials Disability Income Insurance, is offered through AMA Insurance Agency's Physicians Financial Partners program and provides physician-focused benefits such as:

  • Coverage you own and can take with you wherever your career takes you.
  • A "Your Occupation" definition of disability, which means you're covered if you're unable to practice in your specialty—even if you're able to work in another occupation.
  • Non-cancelable coverage so you can lock in rates at younger ages.

The individual disability income coverage is issued by Metropolitan Life Insurance Company (MetLife). The program utilizes a simplified application process with just a few basic questions and no intrusive or time-consuming medical exams, yet still offers lower rates than typical MetLife fully underwritten policies.

Open enrollment to apply for this important coverage through Essentials runs through June 15.  View an online postcard to learn more about the program.

Receive expert guidance on managing medical school debt

Residents can learn how to expand their financial literacy, make smart decisions about student loans and manage their medical school debt wisely by using a resource from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), the medical school financial aid community and the Organization of Student Representatives.

"FIRST for Medical Education" offers a full range of financial information, resources, services and tools. Visit the AAMC website to learn more.

Attend this year's AMA-RFS Annual Assembly Meeting

Registration is under way for the 35th AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Annual Assembly Meeting, which will take place June 14–16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The meeting is held prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Log in today to register for the AMA-RFS meeting. And visit the AMA-RFS meeting Web page to view a draft agenda and to learn more about important activities and deadlines associated with the meeting.

AMA policy resolutions are due Friday. The AMA-RFS offers helpful tips for writing a resolution.

Find info on open PGY1 residency slots

View and search through available post-graduate year (PGY) 1 residency or fellowship positions by visiting the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Residency Information and Vacancies Web page. The site features program descriptions, locations and contact information.

From thoracic surgery to forensic pathology, the AMA-RFS posts a wide variety of program opportunities for residents and fellows. The Web page also contains educational resources to help you succeed in residency and beyond.