Wednesday, May 23, 2012
News for Senior and Retired Physicians
Stay active through volunteering; AMA-SPG can help
May is observed as Older Americans Month, and this year's theme of "Never too old to play" celebrates the accomplishments of senior citizens and highlights ways for those age 65 or older to stay engaged.
To maintain an active lifestyle in their retirement years, many senior physicians are interested in sharing their time and expertise with others in volunteer roles. The AMA Senior Physicians Group offers diverse opportunities in volunteering overseas or working in free clinics within the United States to help them stay active and involved.
A meeting with the National Council of Senior Citizens resulted in President John F. Kennedy designating May 1963 as Senior Citizens Month, encouraging the nation to pay tribute in some way to older people across the country. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter's proclamation changed the name to Older Americans Month.
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. The AMA-SPG's meeting of its state representatives will follow the session.
Registration is encouraged. Email Alice Reed of the AMA to register.