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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013

News for Academic Physicians

Judges needed for AMA Research Symposium

The 11th annual AMA Research Symposium will be held Nov. 15 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. Please consider participating in this national competition by judging the original work of some of the brightest medical students, residents and fellows in the country.

Judging will take place from 5 to 6 p.m., and judges are invited to stay for a reception with the symposium participants from 6 to 7 p.m. To become a judge and mentor the next generation of physicians, sign up online. Physicians are welcome to invite their colleagues to participate as well.

Register now for Nov. 1 meeting in Philadelphia

Teaching students and residents about stewardship of health care resources is a key concern facing academic medicine and health care as a whole.

The AMA Section on Medical Schools (SMS) will examine this issue at its next meeting on Nov. 1 in Philadelphia, in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Association of American Medical Colleges. Register now for the AMA-SMS meeting, which is free to attend.

Participants will examine how medical schools can ensure that physicians-in-training understand the need to consider cost of care in clinical decisions and to avoid overuse and misuse of resources.

Be sure to join the AMA-SMS to discuss this important topic for the future of medicine and the U.S. health care system. The section will meet in the Loews Hotel Philadelphia. See a draft schedule, now available on the SMS website.

In AMA MedEd Update: The role of medical education in improving health outcomes

Physicians are committed to reducing the burden of chronic disease for all Americans and helping their patients live longer, healthier lives.

To help fulfill this goal, the AMA is galvanizing a new, bold professional movement in pursuit of healthier people, better health care and lower health care costs. Through its improving health outcomes initiative, one of the AMA's three major focus areas, the association will work to prevent heart disease and type 2 diabetes and to improve outcomes for those suffering from these diseases.

The role of medical education in this effort is pivotal. Without the proper training in population health and public health concepts, and exposure to team-based and patient-centered care, tomorrow's physicians will not be able to help the AMA (and the nation) move the needle on these ambitious goals.

Learn more in the September issue of AMA MedEd Update.