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Resident Physician Forum
February 16, 2000

AMA Adopts Policies Regarding Medical Education

Author Affiliations

Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 2000;283(7):936. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.936

At its Interim Meeting in December, the American Medical Association-House of Delegates (AMA-HOD) adopted several actions of interest to resident and fellow physicians, some of which were summarized in last week's Resident Physician Forum, others are summarized below. A complete summary of all HOD actions is available through the AMA web page at http://www.ama-assn.org/meetings/public/interim99/reports/reports.htm.

Signing Bonuses to Attract Graduates of US Medical Schools, a report prepared by the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs, asks the AMA to adopt a policy stating that signing bonuses or compensation should not be offered or denied to a resident physician based on the country in which the resident attended medical school.

Opposition to Inclusion of Liability Payments Made on Behalf of Residents in the National Practitioner Data Bank asks the AMA (1) to support the policy that hospitals must promptly notify any residents who are named in a malpractice suit against the hospital, and (2) to oppose inclusion in the National Practitioner Data Bank of information on liability payments made on behalf of residents named in malpractice suits if the incident occurred during the required supervised activities of the resident's training.

Clinical Skills Assessment During Medical School asks the AMA to encourage the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to elaborate on its accreditation standard, which states that medical schools should "develop a system of assessment" to ensure students have acquired and can demonstrate core clinical skills; and to encourage all medical schools to implement valid and reliable methods of evaluating medical students' clinical skills.

Medical Schools and Colleges Not Accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association asks the AMA to work with the Association of American Medical Colleges and other organizations to develop materials to educate premedical students and advisors in US colleges about the difficulties students may face should they graduate from a medical school not accredited by either the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association.

Update on Clinical Research, a report prepared by the AMA Council on Scientific Affairs, discusses some of the challenges facing clinical research, including a decrease in the number of physician researchers who can serve as mentors to physicians-in-training, and the burden of student loan debt, which can discourage young physicians from choosing a career in research. The Council reviewed AMA actions supporting clinical research and asked the AMA to financially support activities aimed at developing a national agenda on clinical research.