Fatima Cody Stanford, MD, MPH, MPA, chair of the Minority Affairs Section (MAS) presided over a two-hour business meeting of the section on Nov. 8, 2020.
The first hour was dedicated to reports from members and staff:
- Sandra Adamson Fryhofer, MD, who serves as secretary on the AMA Board of Trustees, summarized the AMA’s efforts around COVID-19 and updates on clinical trials and other research regarding potential vaccinations.
- Luis Seija, MD, MAS delegate and MAS Advocacy Committee co-chair highlighted the two resolutions that were introduced by MAS and are now pending before the House of Delegates. The resolutions include, “Support of learner & trainee participation in peaceful demonstrations and other forms of public advocacy,” and “Racial essentialism in medicine.”
- The Medical Student Section Representative on the MAS Governing Council, Bukky Akingbola, who serves as co-chair of the MAS Engagement Committee, reported on the section’s recent webinar on “The Political Determinants of Health,” which featured author and scholar Daniel Dawes, JD, who is the director of the Satcher Health Leadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine. She also reported on a recent video conference held by the Engagement Committee, on pathway programs and the future of diversity in medicine.
- Siobhan Wescott, MD, MPH, immediate-past chair and liaison to the MAS Governing Council and LGBTQ Advisory Committee Workgroup, discussed plans for informational sessions and strategic planning in 2021 to address homophobia in minority communities, and racism in LGBTQ communities.
- Tamaan Osbourne-Roberts, MD, a member of the AMA Foundation board of directors, reported on the Foundation’s recent activities, including scholarships for underrepresented minorities in medical schools.
- Joaquin Baca, MSPH, a senior policy analyst shared a summary of the Center for Health Equity’s work in 2020, as well as plans for 2021.
- Medical student leaders reported on their respective organization's progress and their goals for 2021. The organizations represented included the MSS Minority Issues Committee, the Association of Native American Medical Students, the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association.
The second hour of the section’s business meeting was a live panel discussion on post-election policy perspectives of medical society leaders on the future of minority health. Dr. Stanford moderated the panel, which featured the following guest speakers:
- Patrice Harris, MD, MA, immediate past president, AMA
- Leon McDougle, MD, MPH, president, National Medical Association
- Mary Owen, MD, president, Association of American Indian Physicians
- Elena Rios, MD, MSPH, president/CEO, National Hispanic Medical Association
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