AMA Insights


As many who read CHEST® Physician may know, we have a nucleus of dedicated volunteers who give unselfishly of their time and talent to represent our members in the area of “regulatory advocacy” and “policy advocacy” in the areas of pulmonary, critical care, and sleep medicine. It is our goal to recognize and support this valuable group of individuals who represent us in the space of coding and reimbursement, RUC activities, relationships with organizations like the ACP and the AMA, as well as our sister societies, such as ATS, SCCM, NAMDRC, CCNA, APSR, ALAT, and ERS, among others.

One of our goals, in addition to recognizing this group, is to identify and mentor the next generation of representatives. A great example of this mentorship is reflected in our involvement with the AMA. Dr. Bob McCaffree has represented CHEST for 22 years and is now mentoring Dr. Raj Desai who will be assuming this role of AMA Delegate this year. Special thanks to Dr. McCaffree for his unselfish service in this capacity and for his mentorship of Dr. Desai. I hope that you enjoy this and future CHEST® Physician articles summarizing and reflecting on the activities pertinent to CHEST at the AMA.

John Studdard, MD, FCCP

CHEST President

Collaborating with societies: CHEST and AMA

While the American Medical Association (AMA) is the oldest and largest national medical association, many physicians, both members and nonmembers, have limited understanding of the policies, processes, and strategic foci of the AMA. It is our goal to inform our membership about the workings of the AMA and how those interact with the goals of CHEST and our members. We hope to do this by publishing periodic articles in CHEST® Physician. One of the authors (DRM) has been the CHEST delegate to the AMA for more than 20 years, and the other (NRD) is CHEST’s new delegate.

Dr. Neeraj R. Desai

The AMA was founded in 1847 at a convocation of physicians following a call by Dr. Nathan Davis at the New York Medical Society for such a convocation to establish a national organization of physicians “to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of public health.” One early focus was the development of a Code of Ethics, which remains a major focus of the AMA. The current strategic plan has three major goals:
  • Create thriving physician practices.
  • Create the medical school of the future.
  • Improve health outcomes.

We will expand on these in future articles.

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