Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012
This Week's News
Policy debate, special events to highlight next month's AMA Interim Meeting
In a twice-yearly ritual, more than 1,000 AMA member physicians and medical students representing all facets of medicine will meet next month to set policy on scores of topics during the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. This year's session will take place Nov. 10–13 at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu.
All AMA members are welcome to attend the meeting. A special Interim Meeting website, at ama-assn.org/go/interim2012, contains a wealth of information about the agenda, registration (login required), travel information and preliminary list of reports and resolutions to be considered.
The AMA's member groups and sections also will meet Nov. 9–10 to discuss policy, participate in educational sessions and network with their colleagues.
Some special events are planned, including:
- The AMA Research Symposium. A record 600 medical students, international medical graduates, and residents and fellows submitted abstracts for this year's 10th annual Research Symposium. Participants will showcase their original research during the competition Nov. 9.
- A Doctors Back to School™ (DBTS) visit. The AMA Medical Student Section and AMA Minority Affairs Section are planning a DBTS event on Nov. 9 at Kaewai Elementary School in Honolulu. In this collaborative effort, students and physicians will reach out to area elementary school students, presenting healthy lifestyle choices (regarding diet, physical activity, and alcohol and tobacco use) and showing them that medicine is an attainable career. The DBTS program is a tangible way that physicians and medical students can introduce and inspire minority children to consider careers in medicine.
- Education sessions on the AMA's strategic focus. Education sessions will be held throughout the meeting on each of the three AMA strategic focus areas: Accelerating Change in Medical Education, Preserving Professional Satisfaction While Shaping Care Delivery and Payment, and Improving Health Outcomes. After the meeting, be sure to check AMA Wire for more information from these sessions.
The House of Delegates will officially open Nov. 10 with addresses by AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, and AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD. Physicians will debate and set AMA policy beginning Nov. 12. Also included in the opening session will be the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award and the Benjamin Rush Award for Community Service.
Daily highlights from the meeting, as well as video of Dr. Lazarus' and Dr. Madara's addresses, will be posted on the Interim Meeting website. The website also lists instructions on how to sign up to receive text alerts to your mobile device about important meeting news and updates.