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Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013

For Minority Physicians

Become a mentor for physicians in training

Become a mentor for physicians in training

Young physicians have a special opportunity to develop their leadership skills, form key professional relationships and learn about emerging trends from the next generation of physicians through a new AMA mentorship program.

Mentors will be matched online with a student or resident AMA member and will be asked to provide professional guidance related to:

  • Enhancing career advancement
  • Sharing advocacy, professional and research interests
  • Promoting leadership development

Sign up today (AMA login required) to participate. Mentors and mentees must be members of the AMA.

AHRQ spotlights programs that reduce diabetes disparities through peer support

The Agency for Healthcare and Research Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange features profiles of programs that used peer support to improve the outcomes of vulnerable patient populations, especially African Americans.

One such program at the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center paired African American veterans with diabetes who had their blood glucose under control with African-American veterans whose blood glucose was not controlled. After the mentors completed a one-hour training session, they telephoned or met with their assigned patients on a regular basis over a six-month period to help them address challenges such as diet, exercise and insulin use. The program significantly reduced blood glucose levels and generated a positive reaction from many participants.

The AHRQ website offers additional information about initiatives such as this, providing more than 700 searchable innovations and 1,500 quality tools.

Email the AMA Minority Affairs Section if you have a project or idea that could help prevent health disparities or leads to heightened awareness.