Wednesday, July 10, 2013
News for Academic Physicians
AMA Section on Medical Schools shapes AMA policy
At the AMA's recent Annual Meeting, the AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) reviewed and provided testimony on a number of reports and resolutions related to medical education.
View a new chart to see each of these items, the AMA-SMS recommended action and the final action of the AMA House of Delegates. Also see the annotated report of Reference Committee C, which covers medical education items, to learn more.
A resolution the AMA-SMS put forward to link graduate medical education (GME) to quality outcomes was adopted by the House as AMA policy. The resolution asks the AMA to "collaborate with other organizations to explore evidence-based approaches to quality and accountability in residency education to support enhanced funding of GME."
Expert shares guidelines for student experiences abroad
With a growing number of medical students going overseas as part of their medical education, it would behoove medical schools to develop appropriate oversight and policies to ensure safety and adherence to professional ethics.
James Conway, MD, associate director for health sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Global Health Institute, addressed this topic in his presentation at the June meeting of the AMA Section on Medical Schools in Chicago.
Dr. Conway noted that international activities represent the single greatest legal risk for universities, exceeding medical malpractice and fraud, and can cause significant public relations damage as well.
He also offered succinct advice to medical students on international experiences:
- Be flexible.
- Do no harm.
- If you wouldn't do it here, you don't do it there.
- Leave things better than you found them.
- Respect the local expertise.
- Lawyers are your friends.
Save the date: Next AMA-SMS meeting Nov. 1 in Philadelphia
The next meeting of the AMA Section on Medical Schools is scheduled to take place from 2 to 5:30 p.m. Nov. 1 in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Be sure to check the AMA-SMS Web page for more details as they become available.
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