AMA Wire

Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012

News for Young Physicians

Comment on AMA-YPS proposals via the section's online forum

Comment on AMA-YPS proposals via the sections online forum

For several years, the AMA Young Physicians Section (AMA-YPS) has held a Virtual Reference Committee (log in required) in advance of the Interim and Annual meetings in addition to an on-site hearing during the section's business meeting.

AMA-YPS members are encouraged to comment on reports and resolutions submitted for consideration at the upcoming meeting through use of the section's Virtual Reference Committee. Testimony will be accepted from AMA-YPS members only until 1 p.m. Eastern on Oct. 29.

Email Wilda Knox of the AMA for more information on the AMA-YPS virtual reference committee.

Register for the next AMA-YPS meeting, set for November in Hawaii

Details about this year's AMA Young Physicians Section Interim Assembly Meeting, including information about travel arrangements, are now available online. The meeting will take place Nov. 8–10 in Honolulu in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Register (AMA login required) for the meeting by Oct. 22. After this date, you will have to register on site in Honolulu.

Interview initiative captures minority physicians' inspiration

Did you know that only about 9 percent of all U.S. physicians are African-American, Hispanic, American Indian, Native Hawaiian or Alaskan Native? Meanwhile, almost 30 percent of the patient population are from these racial and ethnic groups.

Trends such as this demonstrate the need to increase the amount of underrepresented minorities in the field of medicine. The AMA has attempted to analyze these trends through its Physician Interview Project, an effort to learn from minority physicians what helped guide them in their career paths. The initiative aims to ascertain specific determinants that have proven successful in helping minority students pursue medicine as a career.

View an edited video of interviews with several minority physicians and see how these doctors are making a difference. You also can view the entire interview of each participating physician on the Physician Interview Project Web page.

AMA Foundation seeks everyday heroes in medicine

Nominate your colleagues who go beyond the call of duty to improve public health, provide care for people in need and serve as community leaders for this year's Excellence in Medicine Awards. Presented by the AMA Foundation in association with Pfizer Inc., the annual awards acknowledge the everyday heroes who embody the highest values of the medical profession: altruism, public service and dedication to patient care.

Nominations are due Nov. 16. There are four categories:

  • Pride in the Profession Award—for physicians aiding underserved patients in the U.S.
  • Dr. Nathan Davis International Award—for physicians aiding an international population
  • Jack B. McConnell, MD, Award—for senior physicians improving access to care in the U.S.
  • Leadership Awards—for medical students, residents, fellows and early career physicians who demonstrate outstanding nonclinical leadership skills

The Excellence in Medicine Awards will be presented at a banquet on Feb. 11 in Washington, D.C. Award recipients will receive travel expenses to attend the ceremony, and $2,500 grants will be provided to the physicians' organizations.

Guide removes the mystery from insurer-provided profile reports

The AMA's "Take Charge of Your Data" guide helps physicians verify the accuracy of complex profile reports and use that information to make practice improvements. The guide provides practical instructions to simplify the process of reviewing these profile reports and help physicians apply their data to provide patients with the highest quality care.