AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

News for Senior and Retired Physicians

Get tested: March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Month

Get tested: March is Colorectal Cancer Screening Month

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer in the United Sates after lung cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and most cases occur in people age 50 or older. With that, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends colorectal cancer screening for Americans age 50 and older. The factors for risk include a family or personal history of colorectal polyps or cancer, obesity, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use. 

All Medicare patients are eligible for a screening colonoscopy. Visit the Medicare.gov website to learn more.

Wanted: Papers for JAMA's upcoming medical education issue

Physicians are invited to submit manuscripts to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) for its December theme issue on medical education. Topics of interest include models for funding of undergraduate and graduate medical education, measurement of core competencies, continuing professional development, physician re-entry programs, the appropriate use of medical literature, the roles of the humanities in educating students and the use of interdisciplinary approaches to learning.

To receive highest priority, submissions should be original research papers, systematic reviews and scholarly viewpoints addressing medical education. Manuscripts received by May 15 will have the best chance of being considered.

Visit the JAMA Network website for more information.

Take advantage of new credit card offers from PenFed

AMA members have exclusive access to two special credit card offers available through Pentagon Federal Credit Union (PenFed).

The AMA PenFed Premium Travel Rewards American Express® Card* and AMA PenFed Platinum Cash Rewards Visa® Card both provide a 0 percent APR promotional balance transfer rate for 18 months on transfers made between now and March 31, 2013. After March 31, 2013, the APR for any new balance transfers will vary with the market based on the prime rate, which currently is 13.99 percent. A 3 percent balance transfer fee applies to each transfer (minimum $10, maximum $250). This transaction is subject to credit approval.

These offers are part of a collaboration between the AMA and PenFed through the AMA Member Value Program. If you're not an AMA member, join today and take advantage of the many benefits that membership provides. As an AMA member, you are eligible to join PenFed to apply for these credit cards.

* This credit card program is issued and administered by PenFed. American Express® is a federally registered service mark of American Express and is used by PenFed pursuant to a license.