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comment by Guest - Feb 25, 2013 - back to the top

Great comments from Brad and I comepetlly agree with the ups and downs that he provides. I want to add a brief historical perspective regarding the AMA.I've been very engaged and active with the AMA for the past 10 years and have held several leadership positions with the organization dating back to residency. While the primary AMA delegate/member is still the 50-year old white male from a mid-sized private practice, this has dramatically changed since my involvement. In my opinion, there has been a transformational change in the culture, structure and leadership within the organization (current and president-elect excluded). There is an extremely strong presence of students and residents who are now starting to grow-up and become the leaders of the organization they have been the primary drive to have AMA engage access to care, quality, public health, etc The current Treasurer of the BOT is a very progressive emergency physician there are numerous others. Furthermore, most (not all) state and specialty society delegations are recognizing the need to transform their representation to a younger generation. This wasn't the case 10 years ago.I believe that SHM is in a very strong position to greatly influence the future direction of the AMA. I recently read where over half of docs in the country are now employed physicians the AMA has already begun looking at providing resources and education for these physicians on how to best navigate the employed relationship. No one has a better perspective on this than SHM. This also goes for issues such as transitions of care, quality, measures development and application with many more. There will always be the bread and butter issues (i.e. payment reform, SGR, liability) which I believe that AMA should always advocate for and be the primary leader. I can say firsthand, however, that the AMA is a changing organization and SHM engagement with AMA on certain key issues would benefit both organizations in the long run.