SPS meeting: Nov. 8, 1-3:15 p.m. All times listed are Central.

Saturday, Nov. 7, 9-10:30 a.m.

Join us for a discussion with Anthony Fauci, MD, director of the National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Disease, and James Madara, MD, AMA CEO and EVP, as they explore COVID-19 and what lies ahead for physicians and medical students. Following the interview, a panel of experts will discuss the AMA’s ongoing work in the areas of health equity, physician wellness and practice sustainability, medical education, advocacy and more.

Sections November 2020 Meetings

Find additional information for the sections' meetings taking place Nov. 5-7 & 12.

The sections' meetings will be held on the Lumi, Teams and/or Zoom virtual platforms. Review information on how to use the Lumi (PDF) and Zoom (PDF) platforms to access the meetings.

Join the meeting (Zoom platform)

1-2 p.m.

Open invitation to all senior physicians 65 and above to attend. The SPS will discuss AMA House of Delegates business items and future SPS activities.

Welcome and introductions

  • James Burdick, MD, SPS chair

The future of health care (for seniors) in this political environment

  • Todd Askew, senior vice president, Advocacy

HOD Handbook review/SPS grid of items for discussion

  • Louise Andrew, MD, JD, SPS delegate
  • Thomas Sullivan, MD, SPS alternate delegate

New items of business related to the SPS may be introduced along with points of personal privilege as time allows. Please come prepared to introduce new items of business related to the section’s mission that would be pertinent to the SPS for comment.

Immediately following the Assembly Meeting, SPS will host an education program.

2-3:15 p.m.

Understanding ageism and strategies to reduce its negative impact (1.25 hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credit)

Review the accreditation, designation and CME/MOC statements (PDF)


  • David Burnes, PhD, associate dean, academic and an associate professor, University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work
  • Karl Pillemer, PhD, professor of gerontology in medicine, Weill Cornell Medicine

Moderator & facilitator:

  • Louis Weinstein, MD


  • Barbara Hummel, MD, former SPS Governing Council member
  • Luis Sanchez, MD, former SPS Governing Council member
  • Michelle Silver, PhD, associate professor, Department of Sociology & Interdisciplinary Centre for Health and Society, University of Toronto
  • Thomas Sullivan, MD, SPS alternate delegate

Program description:

The term ageism is thought to be product of negative attitudes toward aging.  Current research suggests that there is a strong link between ageism in the form of stereotypes, prejudice and discrimination that is correlated with risks to physicians physical and mental health.How might interventions substantially reduce ageism, and help to improve perceptions of older physicians and the aging process? There are many physicians who lack information and education regarding the effects of aging on practice. This program will review current evidence and research on ageism and the social forces that shape one’s assumptions and beliefs.   

Learning objectives:

  • Define the term ageism and its practice 
  • Evaluate the negative consequences of ageism on health outcomes 
  • Identify interventions that help to increase awareness and combat ageism
  • Assess the latest research associated with reducing ageism to challenge one’s assumptions and beliefs
  • Compare current trends in global population ageing with those in the U.S.  

Download the agenda to review, print or save (PDF).

Nov. 8, 4-5 p.m.

Unwind from the section meetings, learn a little bit about the AMA Ambassador Program and connect virtually with your AMA section peers without having to make a motion or an amendment. Come as you are, bring your favorite beverage and end the weekend with us. There will be surprises, prizes and breakout rooms for optimal mingling. Everyone is welcome to attend.

RSVP by emailing [email protected], to receive your calendar invitation, a reminder email and the access link.

Nov. 13-17

Visit the HOD Special Meeting site for details.

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