AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

News for Young Physicians

Weigh in on AMA policy proposals from AMA-YPS

All members of the AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) are invited to submit online comments on AMA-YPS resolutions through the AMA-YPS online "reference committee" forum (AMA login required).

Testimony submitted online will be considered for the preliminary reference committee report, which will be prepared in advance of the AMA-YPS Annual Assembly Meeting. The preliminary report will serve as the basis for extraction and discussion at the traditional on-site reference committee meeting, which will take place June 14 during the AMA-YPS meeting.

The online "reference committee" forum will be open until June 5. Physicians also can comment on other proposed AMA policy reports and resolutions in a separate online forum. Learn more in this week's Special Feature.

Survey: Many young physicians worried about future of medicine

Survey: Many young physicians worried about future of medicine

Young physicians offered a mix of personal optimism and professional pessimism in a survey of 500 doctors younger than 40 taken by The Physicians Foundation and released in April.

The survey found that 80 percent were either "highly satisfied" or "somewhat satisfied," and 52 percent said they planned to stay at their practice for eight or more years. But more than half—57 percent—were pessimistic about the future of the U.S. health care system. An additional 21 percent were "neutral," 18 percent were "somewhat optimistic" and only 4 percent were "highly optimistic."

In a story by American Medical News, Lou Goodman, president of The Physicians Foundation and executive vice president and CEO of the Texas Medical Association, said he found the results "very troubling. It's a reflection of the huge debt level they face, uncertainty about the future and the lack of opportunities they see to practice the way they want to practice—to take care of patients and get the business side out of it."

Help the AMA-MAS with mock medical school interviews

Young physicians are invited to participate as interviewers in a special event to assist minority college students who wish to go to medical school. The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) will hold mock medical school interviews with members of the Premed Club of Chicago State University from 7:30 to 10 a.m. June 16 at AMA Headquarters in Chicago. A light breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., and the event will begin at 8 a.m. If you are interested in being an interviewer, email Cynthia Norwood of the AMA.

Register today for next AMA-YPS meeting

Attend this year's AMA Young Physician Section (YPS) Annual Assembly Meeting, which will take place June 14–16 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Registration is due May 29; log in and register today. The meeting will take place prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Email Jane Ascroft of the AMA to submit a resolution to the YPS or to volunteer for the section's reference, handbook review or credentials committee. Resolutions are due Friday.

Run for an open seat on the AMA-YPS Governing Council

If you'd like to get more involved in organized medicine, consider running for an open seat on the AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) Governing Council. The section is accepting nominations for the following positions:

  • Chair-elect, who will serve a three-year term—one year as chair-elect, one year as chair, and one year as immediate past chair
  • Delegate, who will serve a two-year term

Terms will begin at the close of this year's Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, which will take place June 16–20. Nomination forms are due June 1. After this, nominations will be accepted only on June 15 during this year's AMA-YPS Annual Assembly Meeting.

Learn more, and check out the AMA-YPS Internal Operating Procedures for more information on Governing Council positions and duties.