The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) hosted its business meeting and reception, which featured a talk by Michelle Materre and Dionne Hart, MD, titled, “Changing the face of medicine: Women physicians in the media.” The presentation addressed the negative imagery of African-American women often portrayed through the media with positive images of successful black women doctors.

This presentation is a forerunner to the documentary, Black Women in Medicine, which aims to educate and inspire generations of future doctors of color and provide them with the role models they need to navigate the rigors of a medical education.

The business meeting concluded with a review of the AMA House of Delegates Handbook and AMA-WPS items of business. The AMA-WPS Governing Council reviewed its positions on various items of business before the AMA House of Delegates. Its positions focus on issues of concern to women physicians, medical students and patients.

The AMA-WPS sponsored two resolutions at this meeting.

Resolution 506, “Heart disease and women,” asked the AMA to:

  • Facilitate increased awareness of heart disease in women
  • Support education on preventive measures for heart disease in women
  • Encourage increased comprehensive care of heart disease in women
  • Promote research to address the gaps in knowledge
  • Encourage research to better understand the role of demographic, socioeconomic and psychological factors in the onset of heart disease in women

The AMA House of Delegates amended this resolution to include the following two new policies:

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association supports increased awareness and education on preventive measures for heart disease in women and encourages comprehensive care of heart disease in women.

RESOLVED, That our AMA urges research to address the four gaps in knowledge related to coronary pathophysiology and diagnostic, treatment, and interventional strategies for heart disease in women; and to better understand the role of demographic, socioeconomic, and psychological factors in the onset of heart disease in women.

Resolution 507, “Interventions for opioid-dependent pregnant women,” asked the AMA to advocate for increased funding for education, prevention and treatment of opioid use disorder in pregnant women. This resolution also requested the AMA to advocate for comprehensive oversight of medication-assisted treatment for pregnant women with opioid use disorder. Finally, this resolution asked the AMA to lobby for increased funding for comprehensive programs to treat women with substance abuse problems and oppose fetal assault laws.

The AMA House of Delegates adopted Alternate Resolution 507 in lieu of Resolution 507. Login to see the report of Reference Committee E to learn more.

The governing council also held elections for its officers. Lynda Kabbash, MD, was elected chair, and Neelum Aggarwal, MD, was elected vice chair.

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