AMA Wire

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

News for Academic Physicians

Session to provide update on AMA's med ed initiative

Attend a special session June 15 in Chicago to learn more about the AMA's $10 million strategic initiative to accelerate change in medical education.

Part of the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) meeting in Chicago June 14-16, this session will take a close look at the new initiative, officially launched Jan. 17, which has garnered much interest among the medical school community.

From the initial list of 115 schools that provided a letter of intent, eight to 10 finalists will be selected to receive funding for medical education innovations. AMA leaders and the finalists themselves will discuss the initiative's next steps and what it could mean for the future of medical education and practice in the United States.

The section meets in conjunction with the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Register now for the AMA-SMS meeting.

Also, be sure to check out a YouTube video featuring AMA-SMS chair Maria Savoia, MD, highlighting the section's role in serving as the voice of academic medicine to the AMA House of Delegates.

Review AMA resolutions related to medical education

As of April 17, seven proposed resolutions on medical education, which will be considered at the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates, have been posted to the AMA website.

The resolutions by number are:

  • 301 - Policy and Advocacy Rotations for Medical Students
  • 302 - Collaborative Efforts to Reduce Federal Loan Interest Rates
  • 303 - Insurance Education for Medical Students
  • 304 - Retaining Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • 305 - Study on Decertification of Physicians Practicing with a Limited License
  • 306 - Evaluating the Effect of ACGME Resident Work Hours Reforms
  • 307 - Support for Residents and Fellows During Family and Medical Leave Time

Physicians can review these proposed resolutions online.

Help shape public policy on health care: brief survey

If you're interested in making a big impact on the future of medicine, a simple place to start is with a brief AMA survey.

By completing this online survey, you can help the AMA expand a national network of physicians who are positioned to educate elected officials and the general public about key issues affecting health care in the United States.

The survey will take just seven to 10 minutes to complete. It includes questions about your opinion of key health policy issues, connections you might have with elected officials and your interest in participating in various efforts to shape public policy.

By working alongside the AMA in this way, you can help ensure physicians are allowed to practice in an environment that supports practice sustainability and the best health outcomes for patients.

Connect with your peers: Join AMA's LinkedIn group

Whether you're on social media to keep up with the latest innovations in health care, learn from your peers or find a new job, the AMA's LinkedIn group has something for you.

Join this group of more than 10,000 people to connect with your colleagues from across the country. Group members start and participate in dozens of discussions each week, sharing the latest research and developments in health care and offering their thoughts and experiences on the issues.

Discussions often revolve around such key topics as clinical research and innovations, health IT, Medicare issues, health care costs and regulatory updates.

The AMA's LinkedIn group also is an excellent career networking tool, listing hundreds of open positions across the country in a wide variety of specialties and practice settings.

Become a part of the AMA's LinkedIn group today. Both AMA members and nonmembers are welcome. If you're not one of the 200 million people already on LinkedIn, you can create a free account to get started.

Review updated lists of AMA-SMS representatives

An updated list of official representatives to the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) is available online. Medical school leaders are requested to review and alert the section to any changes.

Any AMA member with a faculty appointment to a U.S.-accredited medical school may elect to be a member of the AMA-SMS.

In addition, 20 at-large members, representing the interests of graduate and continuing medical education, are appointed by the AMA-SMS Governing Council. These individuals need not hold faculty appointments at a medical school.

For more information on joining the AMA-SMS or to report any changes to the lists of representatives, email Fred Donini-Lenhoff of the AMA or call (312)464-4635.

Introduce med students to your specialty at AMA event

Help the next generation of physicians learn more about the medical specialties they can pursue by participating in a June showcase event immediately preceding the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates in Chicago.

The AMA Medical Student Section's 10th annual Medical Specialty Showcase will take place June 15, giving physicians and medical residents with experience in the field an excellent opportunity to help medical students in their career decision-making process. It also is a chance to mentor future doctors and to encourage them to become active participants in your specialty organizations after graduation.

If you would like to participate in the event, partner with interested colleagues in your specialty or encourage your medical specialty society to host an exhibit. The online registration form (AMA login required) is open through May 17, and participation is free. The event will take place at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, the same location as the Annual Meeting, and will end in time for participating delegates to attend the opening of the House.

Email Katherine Torres-Hertz of the AMA for more information.