AMA Wire

Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012

News for Academic Physicians

Next AMA-SMS meeting set for Nov. 9–10 in Hawaii

Register today to attend the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) Interim Assembly Meeting, which will take place Nov. 9–10 in Honolulu. Log in and register online, then view more details about the meeting, which will take place in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

The meeting agenda will include a more in-depth examination of the issue of medical student mistreatment in light of new data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Graduation Questionnaire showing that 47 percent of graduating medical students are reporting mistreatment. View American Medical News' coverage of the AAMC data. In addition, a leading anger management expert will discuss his work in helping health professionals handle their emotions on the job.

Attendees also will participate in a discussion of the AMA's new strategic focus on accelerating change in medical education. The meeting includes a presentation on innovations in medical education at the University of Hawaii and the unique public health challenges faced on the island.

Judges still needed for AMA Research Symposium

If you're attending this year's Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Honolulu, consider being a judge at the 10th annual AMA Research Symposium, which will take place Nov. 9 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

Judges are needed both for the podium presentations and poster presentations. Judges who volunteer may be asked to judge one or both events, depending on availability.

The event is divided into three segments—for medical students, resident/fellow physicians and international medical graduates—and categories. Judges should select a segment  and the top two or three categories they would like to judge:

Segment 1

Medical students, eight categories:

  • Biochemistry/cell biology
  • Cancer biology
  • Clinical outcomes and health care improvement
  • Immunology/infectious diseases/inflammation     
  • Neurobiology/neuroscience
  • Public health and epidemiology
  • Radiology/imaging
  • Surgery/biomedical engineering

Segment 2

Residents/fellows, two categories:

  • Clinical vignette
  • Clinical medicine (includes quality improvement, health policy, clinical research and medical education)

Segment 3

International medical graduates (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates-certified candidates awaiting residency), four categories:

  • Clinical vignette
  • Clinical medicine            
  • Health policy and medical education
  • Basic science

To learn more and volunteer, contact Katherine Torres-Hertz of the AMA via email or at (312) 464-4742 by Oct. 5.

Apply for board, review committee appointments

AMA members interested in being part of either the American Board of Emergency Medicine or the Residency Review Committee for Medical Genetics are invited to apply today. Interested candidates must submit their nomination materials to the AMA Council on Medical Education by Sept. 15. Learn more by visiting the Council on Medical Education Web page.

If you're not an AMA member, join today.

Indiana University medical student group named AMA-MSS School of the Year

The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) chapter at Indiana University School of Medicine recently earned the AMA-MSS School of the Year Award. This annual award is given to a local AMA section that makes significant contributions toward membership, community service, innovation and collaboration with other student groups and colleagues, among other focus areas. The local section will receive $500 toward future endeavors.

Special events held by the chapter included a cell phone collection for soldiers and an education event for children to increase their interest in life sciences. Read more in the section's winning application, which is available on the AMA-MSS School of the Year Award Web page.

Proposed policy resolutions wanted for Interim Meeting

The AMA Section on Medical Schools is seeking ideas or actual language for AMA policy resolutions that address areas of importance to academic physicians. Resolutions are due Sept. 17 and would be debated Nov. 10–13 in Honolulu during the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

As a reminder, the focus of this year's Interim Meeting is on advocacy and legislation. Resolutions for the AMA-SMS June 2013 meeting also will be accepted for discussion at the Interim Meeting. Email Fred Lenhoff of the AMA with questions or proposed resolutions.

Register for meeting on behavioral sciences in medical education

Attend this year's Association for the Behavioral Sciences and Medical Education (ABSAME) Oct. 4-6 meeting in San Antonio. The meeting's theme is "Leadership in Health Care Education: Recalibrating Our Ethical Compass." Attendees will share lessons learned from "provider-as-patient" experiences to prepare students for improved provider-patient relationships that promote humanistic and ethical care.