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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

Highlights from AMA-SPS Annual Meeting assembly

Highlights from AMA-SPS Annual Meeting assembly

The Senior Physicians Group (SPS) officially became the Senior Physicians Section at the Annual Meeting, after the AMA House of Delegates approved the new section's bylaws at the 2012 Interim Meeting. 

At the inaugural assembly meeting, AMA-SPS Chair Claire V. Wolfe, MD, and Chair-elect Richert E. Quinn, Jr., MD, outlined the new online elections process for the section's Governing Council, which will open in early 2014.

The AMA-SPS Section sponsored a joint educational program entitled "The Aging Physician: Opportunities and Challenges."  This well-attended program featured Sheila M. Loboprabhu, MD, staff psychiatrist, General Mental Health Clinic; Luis T. Sanchez, MD, director, Physician Health Services, Inc. of Massachusetts and was facilitated by Paul M. Schyve, MD, senior advisor, Healthcare Improvement at The Joint Commission. The session focused on understanding impairment in older physicians as well as examining what role the AMA should play in determining competency measurements in the future for an aging workforce.

The AMA-SPS Governing Council met June 15 to review resolutions and reports related to senior physician issues.  The council discussed working to expand the group's outreach to physicians age 65 or older. 

During this year's elections of committee officers, Claire V. Wolfe, MD, was elected delegate and Virginia T. Latham, MD,  was elected alternate delegate.  Paul H. Wick, MD will become chair-elect, and assume his responsibilities after the Annual Meeting.

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