The Senior Physicians Section Governing Council would like to encourage your participation at the upcoming 2022 AMA Interim Meeting. 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 advance and promote 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. 

Resolutions for the Interim meeting are devoted exclusively to advocacy, ethics, and urgent matters affecting the practice of medicine. 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 by the Senior Physicians Section.

  1. Practice patterns and transitioning out of practice to retirement. 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?  
  2. 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?
  3. Overcoming barriers to adopting and implementing technology. What kind of improvements can be made to address recordkeeping, administrative processes, or care coordination to help physicians as they age?
  4. Implicit bias & confronting ageism: Combating ageism and becoming expert in how natural concomitants of aging can lead to health inequities in the older population. This includes disparities in healthcare acquisition and psychological well-being.
  5. Lowering drug pricing: With many seniors struggling to afford prescription drugs, policymakers have a rare opportunity to address the high cost of prescription drugs for seniors and those suffering from chronic health conditions. Should policymakers consider allowing Medicare to negotiate prices?

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

  • Does the resolution pertain to 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.

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

If you would like help with your proposed resolution idea, contact our delegate, Virginia (Ginny) E. Hall, MD, or alternate delegate, Douglas M. DeLong, MD, at [email protected] for assistance.

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

Please note the following resolutions related to senior physician issues:

September 12-23

Resolutions will be posted to the 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.

Wednesday, September 28, 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 register in advance by Tuesday, September 27 to receive the call-in information and agenda.

Information on the SPS education program and Assembly will be posted closer to the meeting date.

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