November 2021 AMA Special Meeting: 10 issues to watch

Kevin B. O'Reilly , Senior News Editor

Nearly 700 physicians, residents and medical students are gathering—virtually—over five days for the November 2021 AMA Special Meeting to consider proposals across a wide range of clinical practice, payment, medical education and public health topics. 

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The AMA House of Delegates will work in a democratic process to create a national physician consensus on emerging issues in public health, science, ethics, business and government to improve the care and public health of patients and communities. The policies adopted at this meeting will give the AMA direction and act as a driving force on the future of American medicine. The meeting, held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will run Nov. 12–16.

Delegates also will have the opportunity to engage with educational offerings covering issues such as physician contracting and medical staff challenges.

Among the notable issues that will be addressed at the November 2021 AMA Special Meeting are these 10:

Physicians, residents and medical students attending the November 2021 AMA Section Meetings also had the opportunity to learn from experts on a variety of subjects.

In “Science and storytelling: Making physicians’ voices the loudest in the room,” Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, and a panel of other AMA members offered their advice to doctors nationwide on how to elevate physician voices individually and as a profession.

Read more about this all-section plenary session, which covered six ways doctors can use their voices to help science get heard, or watch below.



Other education sessions covered topics such as end-of-life care communication, medical staff challenges, innovative contracting for private practice physicians, and the art of leadership.

Anyone can view the meeting’s prerecorded education sessions, which include:

Highlights of the meeting’s key moments and House of Delegates policy actions will be posted daily at the AMA website, the November 2021 AMA Special Meeting website, and the AMA’s Facebook page, Instagram and Twitter account using #AMAmtg.

Addresses from leadership and more will be featured on the AMA’s YouTube channel. After the meeting, be sure to follow the AMA on LinkedIn for additional updates as well.