AMA Wire

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

News for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Physicians

Health organization takes a stand against reparative therapy

Health organization takes a stand against reparative therapy

Services that purport to "cure" people with non-heterosexual sexual orientation lack medical justification and represent a serious threat to the health and well-being of affected people, the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said in a statement issued May 17, the International Day Against Homophobia.

The statement calls on governments, academic institutions, professional associations and the media to expose practices known as "reparative therapy" or "conversion therapy" and to promote respect for diversity. "Since homosexuality is not a disorder or a disease, it does not require a cure," PAHO Director Mirta Roses Periago, MD, said. "There is no medical indication for changing sexual orientation."

The AMA opposes the use of reparative or conversion therapy. View AMA policy on this and other policies related to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender issues.

Discover new online home for JAMA, Archives Journals

A new Web platform brings together the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the nine specialty Archives Journals to offer physicians fully integrated access to the latest thinking and innovations in medicine.

Covering clinical topics, policy issues and everything in between, The JAMA Network's new website makes the journals more user friendly and easily accessible. The website facilitates in-depth exploration, providing access to the complete content from the 10 journals alongside integrated multimedia, including videos, author interviews and audio summaries.

Research is further simplified by a new concept-based search engine. Rather than performing multiple searches for various terms that describe the same topic, physicians will receive a complete listing of all relevant content, regardless of the terminology used to describe it.

Hundreds of continuing medical education (CME) activities also are available. Physicians can search for activities by topic or access them alongside the related journal article, track their participation and receive instant accreditation for completed activities.

A new mobile app for accessing this content on the go will become available in June.