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The American Medical Association

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  • 1. The American Medical Association By Brittany Rubin and Matthew Arnold
  • 2. A Little History
    • Nathan Smith Davis founded the American Medical Association, after receiving his medical training and degree as a Doctor of Medicine at the Medical College of Western New York, at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.
  • 3. The Initial Goals and Plans
    • Davis’s main goal was to “elevate the standard of medical education in the United States.“ Although many thought this was impractical, he felt it was necessary to eliminate the “snake oil salesmen” who were taking away money from real doctors.
  • 4. The American Medical Association’s Mission
    • To promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.
    • The American Medical Association helps doctors help patients by uniting physicians nationwide to work on the most important professional and public health issues.
    • AMA policy on issues in medicine and public health is decided through its democratic policy-making process, in the AMA House of Delegates.
  • 5. The American Medical Association’s Core Values and Visions
    • Core Values : Leadership, Excellence, Integrity, and Ethical Behavior.
    • Vision : To be an essential part of the professional life of every physician.
  • 6. “… our goals are scientific advancement, standards for medical education, launching a program of medical ethics, and improved public health…”
  • 7. Charitable Activities
    • The AMA Foundation provides approximately $1,000,000 annually in tuition assistance to financially constrained students (who now graduate medical school with an average debt load of well over $100,000 each).
    • Funds awareness projects about health literacy.
    • Supports research funding for students and fellows around the U.S.
    • Provides grants to community projects designed to encourage healthy lifestyles (of diet and exercise, good sleep habits, etc.)
    • The Worldscopes program has a goal of providing over 100,000 stethoscopes to third world countries, donated by physicians and students.
  • 8. AMA Scientific Achievement Award
    • The AMA Scientific Achievement Award is awarded by American Medical Association. It may be given to either physicians or non-physician scientists who have contributed significantly to the field of medical science. The award itself consists of a gold medallion.
    • The recipients are chosen by the AMA's Board of Trustees, and Physician candidates must be AMA members.
  • 9. JAMA
    • JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association is an international peer-reviewed general medical journal, published 48 times per year by the American Medical Association. JAMA is the most widely circulated medical journal in the world.
  • 10. Political positions
    • For much of the twentieth century, the AMA opposed publicly-funded health care.
    • The AMA has given high priority to supporting changes in medical malpractice law to limit damage awards, which, it contends, makes it difficult for patients to find appropriate medical care.
  • 11. Critics of the American Medical Association
    • The organization acts as a government-sanctioned guild and has attempted to increase physicians' wages and fees limit by influencing limitations on the supply of physicians and non-physician competition.
    "The AMA has engaged in extensive litigation charging chiropractors and osteopaths with the unlicensed practice of medicine, in an attempt to restrict them to as narrow an area as possible.”
  • 12. AMA Code of Medical Ethics
    • The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) maintains and updates the AMA's Code of Medical Ethics. First developed in 1847, the Code undergoes regular revisions and is the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians.
  • 13. Issues the AMA is focusing on TODAY
    • Public Health
      • Eliminating health disparities
        • The AMA stands committed to the elimination of racial and ethnic health care disparities.
      • Educating Physicians on controversies and challenges in health
        • AMA has developed a series of informational web streaming programs targeting primary care physicians.
      • Adolescent Health
        • Information on adolescent health topics such as bullying, reproductive health, nutrition, fitness, mental health and substance abuse.
      • Obesity
        • The AMA is working to halt the spread of obesity, which kills more Americans every year than AIDS, all cancers and all accidents combined.
      • Alcohol and Drug use
        • Initiatives to reduce underage alcohol abuse.
  • 14.
    • Medical Science
      • Genetics and Molecular Medicine
        • Information on the latest research regarding medical genetics and molecular medicine.
      • Infectious Diseases
        • News and information on infectious diseases and vaccinations.
    • Medical Ethics
      • AMA Code of Ethics
        • For more than 160 years, the AMA Code of Medical Ethics has been considered the most comprehensive ethics guide for physicians on a wide range of patient-physician issues.
      • Virtual Mentor
        • Virtual Mentor is an interactive, Web-based forum for analysis and discussion of ethical and professional issues that medical students, residents and young physicians encounter during their educational training.
      • Ethical Force Program
        • The Ethical Force Program is a collaborative effort to develop health care system-wide performance measures for ethics.
  • 15.
    • The End

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