Senior Physicians

Submitting a resolution to the Senior Physicians Section (SPS)

Resolution idea proposal form

Due: Friday, April 3

With the 2020 Annual Meeting taking place June 6-10 in Chicago, the Senior Physicians Section Governing Council would like to encourage your participation.  As a member of the AMA and the Senior Physicians Section (SPS), you have the opportunity to influence policies within the organization.  The section leadership welcomes proposals from members to identify the needs of senior physicians (i.e., doctors age 65 and above, both active and retired).

The emphasis on certain medical issues and medical practice trends changes over time.  It is both beneficial and effective to the section if the AMA voices the positions doctors take on the current issues of the day that impact all senior physicians. 

Although proposed resolutions on any topic will be given consideration, the following are broad topics affecting senior physicians that are more likely to be accepted for transmittal to our House of Delegates for adoption.

Practice patterns and transitioning out of practice.  Senior physicians should stay in practice as long as they have the desire and competency to do so, in order to care for an expanding patient population.  How can senior physicians be an ongoing resource, thereby using their talents and experience?

Senior physicians’ roles in supplementing or filling gaps in community health needs.  How can senior physicians impact health concerns or the delivery of health services for the medically underserved or those suffering chronic diseases?

Overcoming barriers to adopting and implementing technology.  What kind of improvements can be made to address record keeping, administrative processes, or care coordination to help physicians as they age?

Roles in medical education.  How can senior physicians play a greater role in the medical education process?  Are there volunteer opportunities such as preceptors, medical student or undergraduate advisors?

Licensure for “partial” or reduced scope of practice.  How can limited license status be developed for senior physicians when they are no longer in full-time practice?

An initial review of all resolution idea proposals will focus on:

  • Does the resolution pertain to the mission of the section?
  • Does the proposal duplicate any existing AMA policy?  Visit the AMA's PolicyFinder to see if AMA policy already exists on your resolution idea.  

If you would like help with your proposed resolution idea, contact our delegate, Barbara Schneidman, MD, MPH, or our alternate delegate, Luis Sanchez, MD, at [email protected] for assistance. 

Resolutions must be submitted via email using the resolution idea proposal form (PDF, members only) to [email protected]. The SPS GC has also developed a presentation to guide you (PDF, members only) through the process. Upon receipt of your resolution idea, the SPS will send a confirmation email.

Please plan to discuss your SPS resolution idea proposal at the virtual SPS assembly.

AMA policy

Before writing or submitting a new resolution idea, view the AMA's PolicyFinder to see if a similar AMA policy already exists.

Please note the following resolutions related to senior physician issues:

Senior Physicians Section (B-7.9) (PDF)

Licensure and Liability for Senior Physician Volunteers (D-160.991) (PDF)

Assuring Safe and Effective Care for Patients (D-275.956) (PDF)

Licensure and Discipline (D-275.984) (PDF)

Guide for Seniors Living in Retirement Communities (H-25.987) (PDF)

Eye Exams for the Elderly (H-25.990)(PDF)

Senior Suicide (H-25.992) (PDF)

Senior Care (H-25.993) (PDF)

Increased Liaison Efforts with the Elderly (H-25.994) (PDF)

Exercise Programs for the Elderly (H-25.995) (PDF)

Retirement and Hiring Practices (H-25.996) (PDF)

Policy Recommendations in the Field of Aging (H-25.998) (PDF)

Health Care for Older Patients (H-25.999) (PDF)

Geriatric Medicine (H-295.981) (PDF)

Online member forum

April 13-24

Resolution ideas will be posted to an online member forum that allows senior physicians from across the United States to access, review and comment on them. SPS members will receive an email invitation letting them know when to provide their testimony or comments during the open forum period.

Please add your comments and be sure to specify how the proposed action benefits senior physicians and/or their patients. All feedback will help in determining the appropriate actions for the virtual SPS meeting. Please contact us with any questions.

Virtual SPS assembly

Monday, April 27, 7 p.m. Central

Following the online member forum, consensus opinions on SPS reports and resolutions will be developed during the virtual SPS meeting. The meeting convenes via teleconference and covers feedback from the member forum and updates from the SPS Governing Council chair, and provides an opportunity for SPS members to participate during an open discussion period. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Friday, April 24 to receive the information needed to call into the virtual SPS meeting.

SPS assembly meeting

Saturday, June 6

The SPS will hold its next onsite assembly meeting during the AMA's Interim Meeting in San Diego in November. Any SPS member who attends will be considered part of the assembly and may introduce new items of business related to the section's mission and review items in the HOD Handbook.