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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

News for Academic Physicians

How to teach stewardship of health care resources

Teaching students and residents about stewardship of health care resources is a key concern facing academic medicine and health care as a whole. The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) will examine this issue from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 at its next meeting, held in Philadelphia in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Participants will look at how medical schools can ensure that physicians in training understand the need to consider cost of care in clinical decisions and avoid overuse and misuse of resources.

Steven E. Weinberger, MD, executive vice president and chief executive officer of the American College of Physicians, will be a keynote speaker for the meeting. A second keynote presentation will look at teaching stewardship in procedural fields.

Be sure to join the AMA-SMS to discuss this important topic for the future of medicine and the U.S. health care system. The section will be meeting in the Loews Hotel Philadelphia, Congress Room A/B/C. A draft schedule now is available on the AMA-SMS Web page.

Judges needed for AMA Research Symposium

Support the next generation of physicians by serving as a judge at the AMA's 11th annual AMA Research Symposium. The symposium will take place Nov. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md.

There are two components to the competition: podium presentations and poster presentations. Podium presentations will take place from 4 to 5:15 p.m., and poster presentations will take place from 5 to 6 p.m. Judges who volunteer may be asked to judge one or both events, depending on their availability.

A reception will follow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Judges and presenters are welcome to stay for the entire event or only the component in which they are participating.

Those who would like to serve as a judge should confirm their availability by submitting an online form by Oct. 4. You will be contacted with additional details about the event. Also indicate which segment(s) you would like to judge and the top two or three categories in which you are interested, in order of preference.

Following are the three symposium segments and their categories.

Segment 1: Students will participate in 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 and fellows will participate in two categories:

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

Segment 3: International medical graduates who are certified by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates and awaiting residency will participate in three categories:

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