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Join in the conversation to share and find solutions to challenges that physicians, health care teams and patients face as we collaborate to build a healthier nation.


Take part in AMA-hosted initiatives to improve the health of the nation. Read transcripts of past Twitter chats and interviews with various experts.

The Ethics of Image-Sharing: Social Media and Pathology

Aug. 25, 2016 | 3 p.m. ET

The AMA hosted #AHealthierNation chat that covered the ethical implications of sharing pathology images on social media.

Special guests included:

  • Genevieve (Eve) Crane, MD, PhD
  • Jerad M. Gardner, MD

Don't miss these extras from the tweet chat:

Welcome to Residency Tweet Chat
July 12, 2016 | 3 p.m. ET

The AMA hosted #AHealthierNation chat as part of our Resident & Fellows' "Welcome to Residency" week. The chat covered how residency changes you as a caregiver and a person. 

Our special guest was Dhruv Khullar, MD, MPP: a resident physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital with interests in health policy, economics, journalism and a contributor at the New York Times.  

Don't miss these extras from the tweet chat:

Blood Pressure Education Month Tweet Chat
May 26, 2016 | 3 p.m. EST

May is Blood Pressure Education month, and with that in mind, the AMA hosted a tweet chat about implementing self-measured blood pressure (SMBP) monitoring. Topics included tips, information and resources for physician practices interested in implementing their own SMBP monitoring program and for patients looking to play a more active role in controlling blood pressure.

Special guest experts included:

  • Ian Kronish MD, MPH: assistant professor of medicine at Center for Behavioral Cardiovascular Health and director of ActiveBP Ambulatory BP Monitoring Service at Columbia University Medical Center
  • Dusty Young, American Heart Association: health equities director for Central Texas, helps local organizations establish Check. Change. Control. blood pressure control programs
  • Crystal Peralta, MD: third-year resident physician at Franklin Square, a practice that successfully implemented SMBP monitoring

Physician-in-Training Wellness Tweet Chat

April 28, 2016 | 3 p.m. EST

Burnout affects physicians across the continuum, including during training. The AMA hosted a tweet chat to discuss the importance of prioritizing the wellness of students and residents during their education, and what is currently being done to address the issue. 

Featured participants included:      

  • Timothy P. Brigham, MD, PhD: chief of staff and SVP, Department of Education, ACGME
  • Liselotte N. Dyrbye, MD, MHPE: professor of medical education, Mayo Clinic
  • Toyin Okanlawon, MD: author of STEPS Forward module on resident burnout, Resident & Fellows Wellness committee member


Hypertension Newsmakers of 2015 Google Hangout

Feb. 25, 2016 | 2 p.m. EST

In honor of American Heart Month, the AMA convened a panel of experts to discuss the implications of the big stories in hypertension and heart health from 2015. Topics included newsmakers such as the SPRINT trial, USPSTF recommendations, and more. The panel was moderated by the AMA's Director of Chronic Disease Prevention, Michael Rakotz, MD.

Panelists included: 

  • Harlan Krumholz, MD: cardiologist, editor-in-chief of NEJM Journal Watch Cardiology, health care researcher at Yale University and Yale-New Haven Hospital
  • Janet S. Wright, MD: cardiologist and executive director of Million Hearts
  • Ray Townsend, MD: nephrologist and director of the hypertension program at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
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