AMA Resolution Awards: The most interesting and entertaining from the annual meeting

by Leigh Ann Otte, managing editor

On Friday, I blogged about some interesting resolutions from the American Medical Association’s annual meeting.  Today, as promised, it’s time for the My Family Doctor first annual Resolutions Awards (tongue firmly in cheek)!

Drum roll, please …

Most Hoity-Toity Resolution:
Resolution 605:  Be it known that henceforth, physicians are no longer “health-care providers” or (scoff) “providers,” thank you very much. These “generic terms” are  “inadequate to describe the extensive education and qualifications of physicians ….”  They will no longer appear in AMA journals like JAMA. (Is “shrink” still allowed?)

Most All-Embracing Resolution:
Resolution 405, A-08:  Medical facilities should serve healthy food.  (Um, duh?)  But wait, there’s more!  AMA doctors want food that’s “environmentally sustainable and economically viable, and supports human dignity and justice.”  Plus, the AMA should consider helping educate the public “about the importance of healthy and ecologically sustainable food systems.”

Most Ominous Resolution Title:
“520 – Disease Transmission Via Foods: Public Health Disaster in Waiting.”  Well, thanks for reminding us.  AMA doctors want a Congressional review of what’s going on at the FDA, USDA and other such agencies.

Resolution Requiring the Most Re-reads:
512: “RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association strongly encourage the Association of American Medical Colleges to encourage its medical schools to adopt policies of licensing that guarantee third party manufacturers the ability to provide essential medicines at locally affordable prices in low- and middle-income overseas markets …”

And finally, we’d like to pat our own selves on the back, giving us a few “We Told You First” awards:

  • Say a doctor prescribes marijuana in a state where it’s legal. Well guess what:  The federal government can still prosecute, as we told you in our March/April 2009 issue.  AMA delegates want the Executive Order that makes such prescriptions illegal reversed.
  • Despite the popular push to increase vitamin D recommendations, AMA doctors admit they just don’t know how much vitamin D we need. They’ll keep watch.  Our publisher, Dr. Hubbard, bucked the trendy D-craze and blogged about the real scoop in March.
  • More people–including physicians–need to know about obstructive sleep apnea, said the doctors. You could start right here, with the article from our March/April issue.
  • And finally, did you know some pharmacists get incentives for pushing generics or certain brand-name drugs?  Our May/June issue revealed that practice and more.  Lemme tell ya’, it wasn’t easy finding someone to talk about it; under the rug was a cozy place to be.  But guess what:

RESOLVED, That our American Medical Association call upon the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to abolish the provision of providing incentives for pharmacists to ‘push’ generic drugs over brand name drugs.

So, what do you think of these resolutions?  Do you agree with them?  Let us know in the comments section below.

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Correction: An earlier version of this post said the AMA will recommend hospitals stop using white coats and ties to reduce infection.  In fact, this resolution did not pass yet and, according to The Wall Street Journal blog, will be studied further.

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5 Responses to “AMA Resolution Awards: The most interesting and entertaining from the annual meeting”

  1. Sagan Says:

    Heh, the nutrition thing is so vague. There’s this general notion that it would be good to have healthier foods in hospitals, but it’s like no one really knows what “healthy” is anymore.

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  3. cathy Says:

    This is all so interesting! Thanks for reporting on it. And I’ll agree with Sagan that what is “healthy” anymore seems a moving target, but I think that there are clearly some things that are NOT healthy…and I’ve also seen these things on hospital menus!

    Oh – and the sleep apnea issue is fascinating. My husband was just diagnosed with sleep apnea. His normal doctor prescribed him medicine to help with persistent night terrors. We decided to see a sleep specialist who discovered that sleep apnea triggers his night terrors. Who would have thought? Certainly not his regular physician (who we are otherwise very happy with)!

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  4. Leigh Ann Says:

    Wow, Cathy. That’s great that they discovered that. I mean, it’s no fun having sleep apnea but it’s less fun not knowing you have it–and having to take medicine for a side effect of it!

    Leigh Ann Otte
    Managing Editor
    My Family Doctor magazine

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  5. Dr. J Says:

    Being a surgeon, I can live without the white coat, although I always wesr a shorter mid thigh version :-) BUT I’m going to put up a serious fight if they ever try to take my scrubs away!

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