Senior Physicians

Submitting a resolution to the Senior Physicians Section (SPS)

Resolution idea proposal form

Deadline for 2019 proposals is now closed.

Being part of the AMA and SPS brings 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.

An initial review of all resolution ideas will ensure that each resolution pertains to the mission of the Section and does not duplicate existing AMA policy.

All proposals must fall within the parameters of the SPS mission statement.

To engage physicians age 65 and above, both active and retired, to promote policies, products and services relevant to senior physicians.

Resolutions must be submitted via email using the resolution idea proposal form (PDF, members only) to [email protected]. The SPS GC has developed a presentation to guide you 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.

SPS resolution guidelines (PDF, members only)

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 15-26

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

April 29, 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 26 to receive the information needed to call into the virtual SPS meeting.

SPS assembly meeting

June 8

The SPS will hold its next onsite assembly meeting during the AMA's Annual Meeting in Chicago in June. 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.