AMA Wire

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News for Academic Physicians

Highlights from Section on Medical Schools meeting

The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) met June 14-16 in Chicago. Highlights included the following:

  • The latest advocacy news from the AMA's Washington office, along with an update on academic physician membership in the AMA and the work of the Ethics Standards unit to help ensure professionalism among medical students and physicians.
  • Updates from the AMA Alliance and AMA Foundation.
  • AMA-SMS approval of a proposed resolution linking graduate medical education funding to quality outcomes, which was forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates for consideration.
  • Review of and comment on proposed AMA House of Delegates' business items of importance to academic medicine.
  • An educational program on planned medical school innovations, featuring representatives of five of the 11 awardees of the AMA's $11 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative: The Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, Mayo Medical School, University of Michigan Medical School, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, and University of California, Davis School of Medicine.
  • An educational program on international experiences for medical students presented by James Conway, MD, a noted expert on the topic.
  • The election of Cynda Ann Johnson, MD, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine and Research Institute, as the 2013-14 chair-elect of the AMA-SMS Governing Council.
  • The election of three council members-at-large for one-year terms in 2013-2014. John Roberts, MD, University of Louisville School of Medicine, was elected as a new member. Alma Littles, MD, Florida State University College of Medicine, and Surendra Varma, MD, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center School of Medicine, were re-elected.
  • Recognition for departing 2012-13 past chair Arthur J. Ross, III, MD, West Virginia University School of Medicine.

Teaching recognized as AMA PRA Category 1 activity

The learning associated with preparing for and teaching medical students and residents now has been approved by the AMA Council on Medical Education as a live activity that may be certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. This activity long has been recognized as one appropriate for receiving AMA PRA Category 2 Credit™.

For more information, email Mary Kelly of the AMA or call (312) 464-4668. Also, be sure to check out a special feature on this change in the latest issue of AMA MedEd Update.