Puscas L, Meyers LL. AMA Adopts Resolutions Relevant to Residents. JAMA. 1999;282(15):1488E. doi:10.1001/jama.282.15.1488
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
At its Annual Meeting in June, the AMA House of Delegates adopted several
actions of interest to resident and fellow physicians. In the last 2 Resident
Physician Forum columns, we presented the adopted actions regarding graduate
medical education funding and residency education and supervision. This week's
column presents actions that were either introduced by the AMA Resident and
Fellow Section, or are otherwise of interest to residents and fellows. A complete
summary of all House of Delegates actions is available through the AMA Web
page at http://www.ama-assn.org/meetings/public/annual99/reports/reports.htm.
Formation of a National Negotiating Organization
asked the AMA to form a national organization to support the development and
operation of local negotiating units as an option for employed physicians
and for resident and fellow physicians who are authorized to bargain collectively.
This initiative is separate from the AMA's efforts to support the development
of house staff organizations at institutions. Both of these initiatives are
major priorities for the AMA; we will continue to report on the progress of
Alternatives to the Federation of State Medical Boards
Recommendations on Licensure addresses recommendations on resident
licensure issued by the Federation of State Medical Boards. The Resident and
Fellow Section has many concerns about these recommendations, some of which
were discussed in the February 3, 1999, Resident Forum column. The adopted
report makes several recommendations that balance the need to prevent unqualified
physicians from practicing medicine with the educational needs of qualified
Addressing the Disruptive Physician asked the
AMA to identify and study physician behavior that is disruptive to high-quality
patient care, define the term disruptive physician,
and disseminate guidelines for managing the disruptive physician. This resolution
stemmed from a report written by the Resident and Fellow Section about behavioral
and communication problems in hospitals and other health care settings.
Taxation of Student Loan Repayment Programs
asked the AMA to use Senate bill S.288 and House of Representatives bill R.324
and other legislative means to achieve federal income tax exemption for funds
received through all state and federal loan repayment programs designed to
improve physician supply in underserved areas. This would make it easier for
rural and other underserved areas to attract physicians.
Implementation of the AMA-ME Number asks the
AMA to encourage pharmacies, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies,
and state Medicaid programs to use the AMA-assigned medical education numbers
for physician identification instead of physicians' Drug Enforcement Agency
numbers. In addition, the AMA was asked to expedite assigning AMA medical
education numbers to every US and international medical graduate who is in
a US graduate medical education program.
We would like to thank all the residents and other AMA members who testified
or supported the interests of residents and fellows at the 1999 Annual Meeting.
Their hard work on testimony coordination and preparation was greatly appreciated
and made for a successful meeting.