Resolution Deadline: Sept. 9
Being part of the AMA and SPS also brings the opportunity to influence policies within the organization. The Section leadership welcomes proposals from members to identify the needs of senior physicians (i.e., doctors age 65 and over, both active and retired).
The emphasis on certain medical issues and medical practice trends changes over time. It is both beneficial and effective to the Section if the AMA voices the positions doctors take on the current issues of the day that impact all senior physicians.
Although proposed resolutions on any topic will be given consideration, the following are broad topics affecting senior physicians that are more likely to be accepted for transmittal to the House of Delegates (HOD) for adoption:
- Practice patterns and transitioning out of practice. Senior physicians should stay in practice as long as they have the desire and competency to do so, in order to care for an expanding patient population. How can senior physicians be an ongoing resource, thereby using their talents and experience?
- Senior physicians' roles in supplementing or filling gaps in community health needs. How can senior physicians impact health concerns or the delivery of health services for the medically underserved or those suffering chronic diseases?
- Overcoming barriers to adopting and implementing technology. What kind of improvements can be made to address recordkeeping, administrative processes or care coordination to help physicians as they age?
An initial review of all resolutions will focus on whether the resolution pertains to the mission of the Section and if the proposal duplicates existing AMA policy.
For those needing help with a proposed resolution, contact the section's delegate, Claire Wolfe, MD at [email protected], or alternate delegate, John Knote, MD at [email protected] for assistance. A resolution template (DOC) or resolution idea template (DOCX) are available. Resolutions must be submitted via email by the due date to [email protected]. Upon receipt, a confirmation email will be sent.
Each resolution submitted to the virtual SPS meeting may result in either a directive for action or a new policy statement to be transmitted to the HOD for consideration. Please plan to discuss the SPS resolution idea on the online member forum.
Before writing or submitting a new resolution, view the AMA's PolicyFinder to see if a similiar AMA policy already exists. Please note the following resolutions related to senior physician issues: