The Minority Affairs Section (MAS) met virtually on Sunday, June 6.
Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MBA, MPH, MPA, chair of the MAS, shared the section’s activities from the first half of 2021, including a top 10 list of highlights. Members of the section:
- Addressed the COVID-19 response, co-morbidities and the impact on communities of color.
- Addressed structural racism in medicine through professional work in practice, research, op-eds, interviews and policy development.
- Contributed to a video developed by the AMA on racism in medicine.
- Addressed concerns over content from a JAMA podcast challenging the notion of structural racism.
- Sought opportunities to collaborate with other AMA sections, councils and business units, as well as externally with strategic partners.
- Participated in the AMA Foundation’s scholarship program for medical students who are unrepresented in medicine.
- Promoted the virtual screening of the Black Men in White Coats documentary scheduled later this month in conjunction with Juneteenth.
- Supported the AMA Center for Health Equity and its recently published strategic plan.
- Developed impactful policy resolutions.
- Led the AMA sponsorship of the annual Leadership Summit on Health Disparities hosted by the National Minority Quality Forum, where, this year, three active MAS members were among the 40 Under 40 Leaders in Health Award recipients, including HOD Delegate and Advocacy Committee Co-chair Luis Seija, MD.
Bukky Akingbola, MD, MS, delivered the MAS Engagement Committee report. Dr. Akingbola discussed the CME session, co-sponsored by MAS and the Academic Physicians Section: “African, Black, and Caribbean voices: Patient narratives as a means to counter racism and unconscious bias in medicine.”
Participants listened to narratives from underserved populations, demonstrating their experiences of systemic racism, bias, prejudice and stereotyping in their interactions with the health care system. She also announced several upcoming programs.
Additional reports delivered during the MAS business meeting included:
- "AMA Board of Trustees Liaison Report" and ""AMA Foundation Report by AMAF," by AMA Trustee Willarda Edwards, MD, MBA
- "COVID-19 Variants and a new AMA Initiative," by AMA Trustee Sandra Fryhofer, MD
- "AMA Center for Health Equity Strategic Plan," by Senior Policy Analyst Joaquin Baca, MSPH
Following the opening session, two hour-long moderated discussion panels covered the policy and program priorities of the medical associations comprised of elected physician and medical student leaders who are underrepresented in medicine. Panelists included:
- Geraldine Luna, MD, treasurer, Medical Organization for Latino Advancement
- Rachel Villanueva, MD, president-elect, National Medical Association
- Mary Owen, MD (Tlingit Tribe), president, Association of American Indian Physicians
- Brandon Postoak, president, Association of Native American Medical Students
- Chantel Thompson, president, Student National Medical Association
- Karina Diaz, PhD, Latino Medical Student Association
Dr. Stanford and Dr. Akingbola recommended that the organizations represented on the two panels continue meeting as part of a coalition of URM medical professionals in conjunction with the MAS Advocacy Committee. The coalition is expected to have its first call before Sept. 6, 2021.
The MAS Governing Council elected National Medical Association Representative Michael Knight, MD, as the next chair of the section and At-Large Representative Natalie Achong, MD, MHL, as the next vice chair.
Their one-year terms as officers will begin once the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates adjourns on June 16. Congratulations to both!
June 16-21, 2021
June 21, 2021
7 p.m. Central: Black Men in White Coats live virtual panel discussion.
- Willie Underwood, MD, AMA trustee
- Michael Knight, MS, MAS chair
- Frank Clark, MD, past MAS chair
- William McDade, MD, former AMA Trustee
- Clyde Yancyc, MD, JAMA cardiology deputy editor
June 24, 2021
7 p.m. Central: Black & LGBTQ+, Health at the Intersection of Race, Sexual Orientation, and Gender Identity
Co-sponsored by MAS and the AMA Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues
November 12-14, 2021
Save the date: MAS Business Meeting, AMA Interim Meeting, Orlando, Florida