Resident and Fellow Section: 2016 AMA Annual Meeting highlights

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By
Troy Parks , News Writer

The AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) welcome reception, held Thursday was a great success. More than 150 residents, fellows and medical students attended the event. Attendees took advantage of the opportunity to network with peers, and attendees also offered guidance to medical students on their upcoming transition to residency and becoming members of the AMA-RFS.

On Friday David Shulkin, MD, undersecretary of health, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discussed how the VA is influencing American medicine during the largest transformation in its history. He shared opportunities for how young physicians can become innovators at the VA.

Also on Friday, the AMA-RFS Committee on Business Economics presented a dynamic education session, “From inspiration to invention: Understanding the process of becoming an entrepreneur,” which included a panel of experts.

The AMA-RFS elected six new members to the governing council:

  • Vanessa Stan, MD, vice chair
  • McKinley Glover, IV, MD, speaker
  • Jerry Abraham, MD,  vice speaker
  • Mike Lubrano, MD, delegate
  • Ben Karfunkle, MD, alternate delegate
  • Scott Resnick, MD, member-at-large

The AMA-RFS assembly passed 16 resolutions (five were amended on the floor) and three reports at its business meeting Saturday:

  • Report E: Sunset Mechanism (Review of 2005 Policy)
  • Report F: Privacy Personal Use and Funding of Mobile Devices
  • Report G: Clinical Implications and Policy Considerations of Cannabis Use
  • Late Resolution 2:  Specialty-specific Allocation of GME Funding
  • Resolution 1:  Expansion of Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Resolution 2: Inclusion of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Information in Electronic Health Records
  • Resolution 3: Universal Prescriber Access to Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
  • Resolution 4: Eliminating Legacy Admissions
  • Resolution 6: Expanding GME Concurrently with UME
  • Resolution 7: Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) Awareness
  • Resolution 9: Firearm Background Checks
  • Resolution 10: Reducing Perioperative Opioid Consumptions
  • Resolution 11: Expanding the Treatment of Opiate Dependence Using Medication- Assisted Treatment by Physicians in Residency Training Programs
  • Resolution 12: Protecting Rights of Breastfeeding Residents and Fellows
  • Resolution 13: Primary Care and Mental Health Training in Residency
  • Resolution 14: Universal Color Scheme for Respiratory Inhalers
  • Resolution 15: Mitigating Abusive Pre-Certification/Pre-Authorization Practices
  • Resolution 16: Improving Access to Care Health Outcome
  • Resolution 17: Accident Prevention: Concussions

The RFS immediately forwarded four resolutions to the AMA House of Delegates:

  • Late Resolution 2: Specialty-Specific Allocation of GME Funding
  • Resolution 1:  Expansion of Public Service Loan Forgiveness
  • Resolution 6: Expanding GME Concurrently with UME
  • Resolution 15: Mitigating Abusive Pre-Certification/Pre-Authorization Practices

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