The Minority Affairs Section (MAS) met virtually on Saturday, Nov. 6.

In the opening session, MAS chair, Michael Knight, MD, MSHP, highlighted section updates, which are offered in more detail in the section’s online biannual report (PDF).

Section liaisons from the AMA Board of Trustees Willarda Edwards, MD, MBA, and Sandra Fryhofer, MD, reported on a number of activities from among the AMA’s governing body and their plans for the coming months. Dr. Frhyofer also delivered a brief update on COVID vaccination strategies for America’s youth.

The final session was focused on section strategy and planning. Dr. Knight walked section members through results of the recent membership survey which covered questions regarding programmatic, educational and policy priorities. Engagement Committee Chair Elizabeth Valencia, MD, JD, and Advocacy Committee Chair Luis Seija, MD, summarized their respective work over the last few months and set expectations for the first two quarters of 2022.

Dr. Seija also introduced MAS-sponsored Resolution 619 (PDF), which was submitted for consideration by the House of Delegates Resolutions Committee. The resolution included a single resolved clause: “That our AMA establish an open forum on health equity, to be held annually at a House of Delegates Meeting, for members to directly engage in educational discourse and strengthen organizational capacity to advance and operationalize equity.”

Dr. Knight moderated a powerful two-part education session, “Racism in clinical settings and the next generation of URM physicians: Lived experiences, lessons learned, and strategies developed.”

The first half of the program included personal lived experiences and other perspectives on racism experienced by eight Black, Native American and Hispanic/Latinx medical students who are enrolled at Mayo Medical School in Minnesota. The session was organized by Mayo Clinic faculty member Elizabeth Valencia, MD, JD, and mentor to several of the students. 

During the second half of the program, a physician responded to live to what he’d heard and offered advice to each. The physician respondent was David Jacobs, MD, vice chair for diversity, equity and inclusion in the department of surgery at Atrium Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Visit the education sessions page for additional information on this topic and other sessions.

For additional information on the November MAS meeting, visit the section's agenda & resources page.

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