Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013
News for Young Physicians
Become a leader in the profession through AMA councils, committees
The AMA is looking to fill open positions on various councils and committees for this year. Nominations are due by March 15. Visit the AMA's Council and Committee Nominations Web page to view available positions as well as instructions on the nomination process.
The AMA is committed to promoting diversity in every facet of organized medicine and encourages the nomination of qualified women physicians, minority physicians and international medical graduates for AMA positions on councils.
Apply for National Health Service Corps' loan repayment program
Primary care medical, dental, and mental and behavioral health providers interested in having their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care are encouraged to submit an application for the National Health Service Corps' loan repayment program.
Applications are due April 16. To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in health professional shortage areas with the highest scores as of Jan. 1, 2013, will be given funding preference.
Visit the National Health Service Corps website for more details and to apply.
Where does social media use fit in a physician practice?
While physicians are beginning to find a role for social media sites in their medical practices, these sites bring concerns and challenge, according to a story by the Wall Street Journal.
The story notes a 2012 survey by Epocrates Inc., a medical reference app developer, that found that 82 percent of physicians were using social media to interact with other physicians, while only 8 percent were using social media to engage with patients.
The story points to policy the AMA adopted in November 2010 on social media use that advises medical students and physicians to be professional online. They should keep appropriate boundaries when communicating with patients online and respect patient confidentiality, the policy says.
Meantime, American Medical News recently examined a survey of 48 state medical board executives, published in the Jan. 15 Annals of Internal Medicine, finding that inappropriate social media communication with patients is among online behavior by physicians that could lead to an investigation.