The Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) works to represent the AMA's core belief that scientific evidence is the basis for improving the quality of patient care, promoting medical progress and enhancing the health of the public.
Our main functions are:
- To advise the AMA on developments in medicine and biomedical research that warrant public attention
- To advise the AMA on professional and public information activities involving scientific medicine they should undertake
- To assist in preparing policy positions on scientific issues raised by the public media
- To advise on policy positions related to government support or involvement in biomedical research
- To advise on opportunities to coordinate with the scientific activities of national medical specialty societies, voluntary health agencies, other professional organizations and governmental agencies
- To consider and evaluate the benefits of developing collaborative domestic and international programs on scientific affairs
- To propose and evaluate scientific projects for the AMA to undertake individually or jointly with state and local medical societies
Featured Council Report — Combating Antibiotic Resistance: An Update
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that at least 2 million people in the United States acquire serious bacterial infections that are resistant to 1 or more antibiotics, and at least 23,000 people die each year as a result of these antibiotic-resistant infections.
This report outlines the recent engagement by the federal government on antibiotic resistance and discusses how to accomplish the goals of the National Strategy for Combating Antibiotic Resistance, which include:
- Slowing the emergence of resistant bacteria through antibiotic stewardship programs
- Strengthening public health and animal health surveillance
- Promoting the development and use of rapid diagnostic tests for resistant bacteria
- Accelerating research and development for new antibiotics