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 AMA Interim Meeting November 2009

ASSH-AAHS Delegates’ AMA REPORT
AMA Interim meeting
November 7-9, 2009
Executive Summary

8.1.1 AMA  Report I-09.pdf8.1.1 AMA Report I-09.pdf

The highlights of the meeting:

  • AMA refined its policy on health system reform

  • Opposed reductions in 80 hour resident work week

  • Agreed to study a resident and fellows bill of rights

  • Agreed not to further restrict CME participation by individuals with financial conflicts, by endorsing the concept that conflicts can be managed, and should not automatically exclude an individual from CME participation

  • Chose not to eliminate its interim meeting

  • Chose to reflect falling membership in the number of delegates, eliminating a previous “freeze” in the size of the House of Delegates

  • Voted to oppose any diversion of funds from ACGME approved residencies and fellowships to allied health training programs

As can be seen from the above, the AMA continues to work hard for the medical profession and for hand surgeons. The ability of the AMA to work for physicians, and to represent physicians effectively, is determined in a large part by the percentage of American physicians who belong to the AMA. Your AMA representatives encourage all physicians to belong to the AMA, and participate in the debate to define and enable the initiatives and activities outlined above. Remember, all American physicians benefit from the activities of the AMA, whether they are members or not. It is not fair for the burden of all this activity to be borne by the few, for the benefit of the many. Your AMA representatives encourage all physicians to do their fair share and support the AMA as members. We look forward to continuing to serve you in the AMA House of Delegates in the coming year.

Respectfully submitted,

Peter C. Amadio, MD and Nicholas Vedder, MD
AAHS delegate and alternate

David M. Lichtman, MD and Stewart Haskin, MD
ASSH delegate and alternate - from AAOS