The AMA Senior Physicians Section (SPS) provides a way for physicians to remain active and involved with the AMA and the medical community. The purpose of the group is to support projects of interest to the senior physician community, including continued communication with colleagues, advocacy on behalf of senior physician issues, and ongoing development of member benefits and activities.
Our mission statement
To engage physicians age 65 and above, both active and retired, to promote policies, products and services relevant to senior physicians.
Our policy work
The SPS identifies the needs and desires of senior physicians and advocates on their behalf.
Upon recommendation from the Council on Medical Education, the AMA developed a licensure relief model for retired physicians working in free clinics. The model recommends that states adopt legislation which would exempt retired physicians practicing in free clinics from the licensing board registration fee.
History of the SPS
A senior physician organization has been affiliated with the AMA for over 40 years. The group was originally founded in 1975 as the American Retired Physicians Association (ARPA) by a retired AMA employee. Benefits included group travel, group insurance (Medicare supplemental health insurance); educational seminars on practice sale/disposition and personal finances; a newsletter and a focus on volunteer and part-time paid practice opportunities. Morris Fishbein, MD, former editor of JAMA, was the first member of ARPA.
From 2006-2012, senior physician issues were addressed by a Board-appointed Senior Physicians Group. The Committee members responded to questions from the Board as requested. However, there was no voice in the AMA’s House of Delegates and no meaningful way to impact policy. While state or specialty societies have senior physician delegates, the geographic or specialty related topics overtook proposing business on senior physician issues.
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