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Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Special Feature

Policy debate, full lineup of special events set for AMA Annual Meeting

Policy debate, full lineup of special events set for AMA Annual Meeting

Hundreds of physicians, residents and medical students will consider and debate scores of topics that affect the nation's doctors and patients during this year's Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. The annual policy meeting and preceding meetings of sections and councils will take place June 12–19 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

This year, attendees will want to be sure to arrive by early Friday, June 14, to be able to enjoy an array of special events and programs designed to meet everyone's interests:

  • Innovations in Medicine. This special program, set for 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday, June 14, will feature speakers who will create an intellectual chemistry that captures the audience's imagination and triggers exciting conversations during breaks and social time throughout the Annual Meeting. Speakers will share inspiring and thought-provoking talks that will focus on innovations across health care and medicine. Don't miss it.
  • AMA Welcome Reception. Mingle with your colleagues and find out which of the proposals to transform medical education submitted by more than 80 percent of the nation's medical schools have been selected as part of the AMA's $10 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative. The special reception and awards ceremony will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday at the nearby Chicago Cultural Center. Hear details about the grant awardees during this festive evening of lively conversation, food, drink and relaxation.
  • The Integrated Physician Practice Section will conduct its first business meeting on June 14. Jay Crosson, MD, Group Vice President, Professional Satisfaction, Care Delivery and Payment, will present initial work related to professional satisfaction, followed by an interactive discussion. Enhancing physician satisfaction and practice sustainability by shaping delivery and payment models is one of the three strategic focus areas for the AMA.
  • Meanwhile, the Minority Affairs Section and Medical Student Section will partner, once again, to bring to life the Doctors Back to School Health and Wellness Program, from 8 to 11:30 a.m., at the Rachel Carson Elementary School in Chicago. The event was developed to inspire students to consider a career in health care. Bring your white coat, scrubs and stethoscope and get ready to recall and share with students what inspired you to become a physician. Register to participate by May 31. Select the "Doctors Back to School Health and Wellness program" listed under "other events."
  • An expanded and enriched exhibit space will open on Friday to provide attendees opportunities to engage with some of the AMA's leading Member Value Program partners. Be sure to stop by their booths to learn about the value these partners in the AMA's Member Value Program are providing exclusively for AMA members.

The Annual Meeting website, at, is the place to find out everything you need to know about the meeting. Visitors will find the meeting and events schedule, travel information and a preliminary list of reports and resolutions. A final list of reports and resolutions will be posted by May 17.

Reports and resolutions for this meeting touch upon a range of subjects, from evaluating the effect of ACGME resident work hours reforms to poverty screening as a clinical tool for improving health outcomes. AMA members will once again be invited to provide online comments in advance of the meeting; watch AMA Wire for details.

The House of Delegates will officially open June 15 with addresses by AMA President Jeremy A. Lazarus, MD, and AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD, as well as appeals for support from this year's candidates for office. Delegates will debate and set AMA policy beginning June 17.

On June 19, Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, an infectious disease specialist in Kentucky, will begin her term as the 168th president of the AMA.

Various education sessions will take place during the meeting, including a workshop on "Getting Ready for the Sunshine Act and Transparency reporting," among many others.

The website also lists instructions on how to sign up to receive text alerts to your mobile device about important meeting news and updates.