AMA Wire

Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012

For Minority Physicians

Attend the AMA-MAS business meeting and reception in Hawaii

Attend the AMA-MAS business meeting and reception in Hawaii

Join the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) for its business meeting and reception, which will take place Nov. 9 in Honolulu. The meeting will be held in conjunction with the Interim Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Keynote speaker S. Kalani Brady, MD, associate professor of the Center for Native and Pacific Health Disparities Research at the University of Hawaii John A. Burns School of Medicine, will discuss how to address racial and ethnic disparities in health care. The meeting also will feature an open forum on AMA House of Delegates reports and resolutions that impact minority physicians and patients.

Register (login required) for the business meeting and reception. Visit the Interim Meeting Web page for hotel and air travel details. Have questions about the meeting? Email the AMA-MAS or call Cynthia Norwood at (312) 464-4743.

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.