Wednesday, May 9, 2012
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
AMA president: Senior physicians keep working, putting off the R-word
With the United States facing a predicted shortage of doctors to meet the needs of a growing and aging population, senior physicians can play a crucial role in filling the gap. That's according to AMA President Peter W. Carmel, MD, in his most recent American Medical News column.
Dr. Carmel writes about the reasons why many senior physicians continue to practice these days and tackles the question of what age a physician could consider retiring.
"The facts are that like the rest of the Americans, the physician population is rapidly tilting toward the higher ages," Dr. Carmel writes. "And … so many of us are going to keep working as long as we are able, either from choice, necessity or because our patients need us."
CME activity details how physicians can make a difference in the community
If you'll be at this year's Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, then plan to attend the AMA Senior Physicians Group's (SPG) education program and luncheon titled, "Advocacy with your elected officials: the senior physician's role in the community," at noon Central time June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.
The program will point to ways senior physicians can make a difference in their communities through advocacy and by lobbying legislators at the local level. Physicians can earn continuing medical education (CME) credit in the form of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ for participating.
Registration is encouraged. Email Alice Reed of the AMA to register.
AMA-SPG plans meeting of state representatives during Annual Meeting
The AMA Senior Physicians Group (SPG) will hold a meeting of its state representatives June 16 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Chicago during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.
Representatives serve as liaisons to their states' delegations on issues pertinent to senior members. Representatives in attendance will have an opportunity to assist the AMA's senior group in areas of advocacy, communication of issues and recruitment. Any state medical society staff member who is interested in senior physician issues also is welcome to attend.
For more information or to verify a contact member for your state, contact Alice Reed of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-5523.