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Monday, June 25, 2012

TEXANS ELECT TWO, PASS FOUR RESOLUTIONS AT AMA MEETING

The Texas delegation left the 2012 Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association House of Delegates pleased with two election victories and the adoption of four Texas policy statements but saddened by the defeat of two outstanding Texas candidates for AMA office. As I reported last week, former TMA President Sue Bailey, MD, won reelection as vice speaker of the house, and David Savage, a third-year MD/PhD student at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston, was elected speaker of the AMA Medical Student Section Assembly. Unfortunately, Carolyn Evans, MD, and Asa Lockhart, MD, lost tough races for the AMA Board of Trustees and Council on Medical Service. Delegates adopted our resolution to combine the interim meeting of the house with AMA’s National Advocacy Conference in the nation’s capital. “Things happen in Washington, D.C., and we need to be in Washington, D.C.,” said Texas delegate David Teuscher, MD. The house also approved our resolutions to help AMA prepare for the Supreme Court decision on the PPACA, study the potential increase in errors caused by computerized physician order entry systems, and analyze the costs and benefits of physicians adopting electronic health records. At the close of the meeting, the Texas delegates announced that Austin anesthesiologist Joe Annis, MD, will run for AMA president-elect next year. Also, Surendra Varma, MD, associate dean of graduate medical education and resident affairs at Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, was named to the Governing Council of the AMA Section on Medical Schools.

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