The Friday Five – American Medical Association
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The American Medical Association (AMA), founded in 1847 and incorporated in 1897, is the largest association of physicians—both MDs and DOs—and medical students in the United States. The AMA’s mission is “to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.”
Highlights from the 2019 AMA Annual Meeting
GME funding, gender equity among physicians, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), hospital consolidation, policy that further examines augmented intelligence (AI), and use of innovative models to improve access to specialty care in underserved areas were just some of the topics covered at the annual meeting.
— AMA (@AmerMedicalAssn) June 15, 2019
AMA Swears in AMA’s 174th president, Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA
Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA (@PatriceHarrisMD), was sworn in as the 174th president of AMA. She follows Barbara L. McAneny, MD, who has moved to the role of Immediate Past President. Susan R. Bailey, MD, was voted president-elect. For the first time in the Association’s history, women hold the three president positions at the same time.
AMA Adopts New Public Health Policies to Improve Health of Nation
AMA voted to adopt new policies aimed at improving the health of the nation. The new policies, which include supporting plans to end the HIV epidemic, decriminalizing HIV status non-disclosure, and supporting access to contraception for incarcerated persons, were approved during the voting session of the AMA’s Annual Meeting.
New Policy Aimed at Increasing Diversity in Physician Workforce
“Studies show that patients prefer receiving health care from and have better health outcomes when they can relate to, understand, and share similar backgrounds with their doctors. That’s why the AMA is committed to efforts aimed at ensuring medical schools are building a diverse pipeline of physicians whose racial and ethnic backgrounds reflect the actual needs of patients,” said AMA Board Member S. Bobby Mukkamala, M.D.”
AMA Policy Advocates to Eliminate Non-Medical Vaccine Exemptions
— AMA (@AmerMedicalAssn) June 14, 2019