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Resident Physician Forum
May 24/31, 2000

Resources for Physicians Entering Practice

JAMA. 2000;283(20):2726. doi:10.1001/jama.283.20.2726

Physicians leaving residencies and fellowships can remain active in the American Medical Association (AMA) through the Young Physicians Section (YPS). The AMA-YPS focuses on the concerns of physicians in professional practice who are either younger than 40 years or in their first 5 years of practice. The following publications and products are available without cost to AMA members.

Guide to AMA Services and Resources for Young Physicians Entering Practice describes AMA products and services designed to help physicians entering practice. This pamphlet lists resources on managed care, practice management, career resources, and continuing education.

Professional Liability Insurance: Considerations for Young Physicians presents basic information to help young physicians understand medical malpractice so they can make informed decisions about liability insurance.

Board Certification: What Every Student and Resident Needs to Know offers detailed information on specialty board certification requirements, examination pass rates, and other information for medical students, residents, and young physicians preparing for specialty board examinations.

Preparing a Curriculum Vitae and Other Job Search Tips describes the characteristics of a high-quality curriculum vitae and offers tips on looking for a job and interviewing.

Contracts: What You Need to Know presents comprehensive information on employment contracts. The booklet includes sample contracts, tips on contracting, and finding legal counsel.

Your Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Number: An Action Plan to Prevent Inappropriate Request by Insurers, Pharmacies, or Durable Equipment Suppliers offers advice on preventing misuse of a physician's DEA number.

The Managed Care Curriculum can prepare a young physician to make a 50-minute presentation to future physicians about the managed care marketplace, how to run a managed care practice (physician payment systems, utilization/quality measurement), and the pros and cons of various practice options. The curriculum includes text and a slide presentation.

Emergency Care: Responsibilities and Alternatives provides information on legal and ethical considerations for physicians providing emergency care.

Criminalizing Health Care Decision-Making: Recent Developments is a compendium of articles on criminal cases filed against physicians for their medical decisions and is designed to help young physicians get a broad perspective on medical malpractice.

Violence Prevention in the Medical Workplace: Prevention Strategies presents tips and other information on violence predictors, risk assessment/management, personal precautions, and institutional security. The booklet includes model protocols, legislative and legal information, policy statements, institutional standards, annotated bibliographies, and lists resources.

Medical Staff Development Plans: An Impetus for Young Physician Leadership on Medical Staffs explains the purposes of these hospital plans and the importance of young physician involvement in them.

How Medical Democracy Determines Policy: A Primer provides information on participation in the AMA and the YPS including developing policy, writing resolutions, testifying at reference committee hearings, and leadership positions in the AMA-YPS.

For more information about the AMA-YPS or any of the above publications, contact the AMA Department of Young Physician Services at (312) 464-4978, or visit their Web page at http://www.ama-assn.org/yps.