AMA Wire

Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

AMA-SPG explores clinical competency assessment during meeting

AMA-SPG explores clinical competency assessment during meeting

The AMA Senior Physicians Group (SPG) hosted a panel discussion at its Nov. 10 Meeting of State Liaisons titled "Assessing Clinical Competency in Senior Physicians." AMA-SPG Governing Council member Paul H. Wick, MD, was the featured speaker, followed by a discussion by panelists Peter W. Carmel, MD, immediate past president of the AMA, and Barbara S. Schneidman, MD, of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology Board.

The session covered such topics as the possibility that senior physicians may face increased requirements to maintain licensure and how the AMA-SPG can help drive an evidence-based system that does not discriminate based on age. The event drew more than 35 physicians, including AMA delegates.

Also that day during the state liaisons meeting, the AMA-SPG Governing Council discussed a report by the AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development proposing that the AMA-SPG become the AMA Senior Physicians Section. Section status would bring a specific and clear voice to physicians age 65 or older, regardless of employment status, to the AMA House of Delegates and into the policymaking and programming of the association.  

For more information about the section and its initiatives, visit the AMA-SPG Web page or call Alice Reed of the AMA at (312) 464-5523.

Nominate a colleague by Friday for volunteerism award

If you know a senior physician who has volunteered to provide treatment to U.S. patients who lack access to health care, then nominate him or her for the Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award for Excellence in Volunteerism.

Last year's Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award winner, Everett R. Rhoades, MD, founded the Association of American Indian Physicians and the Oklahoma City Indian Clinic, one of the largest urban Native American health centers in the nation. Dr. Rhoades continues to volunteer to support the clinic's long-range planning efforts and to ensure that urban American Indians receive high-quality health care while away from their traditional tribal homes. Watch a video of Dr. Rhoades' ongoing work.

The Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award is part of the AMA Foundation's Excellence in Medicine Awards, which honor a select group of physicians, residents, fellows and medical students who represent the highest standards of volunteerism, public service and leadership. The Excellence in Medicine Awards are presented in association with Pfizer Inc.

Nominations are due Friday. Visit the Excellence in Medicine Awards Web page to access a nomination form and to learn more about the awards.