AMA Adopts Policies Regarding Medical Education. JAMA. 2000;283(7):936. doi:10.1001/jama.283.7.936
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
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
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
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.