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DCMS doctors take the lead at AMA

Thursday, June 13, 2019   (0 Comments)
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This week, several Duval County Medical Society Members helped to forge the future of medicine as delegates to the American Medical Association (AMA) House of Delegates in Chicago. The annual event brings together leaders from state, county and specialty societies from across the nation to discuss setting policy for the AMA.

One of the most significant issues this year dealt with how the AMA should address health care coverage for all Americans. AMA proposed policy was submitted by the AMA Council on Medical Services (CMS). The Chair of the CMS is DCMS Past-president W. Alan Harmon, MD.

 Protestors at the opening session of the House of Delegates

This report was the source of some excitement at the meeting when protestors representing the Medical Student Section staged a protest at the opening session of the House of Delegates, urging the AMA to support an amendment to the report which would set AMA Policy as supporting Medicare for all Americans.


 DCMS Past-President John Montgomery, MD

This controversial issue was referred to Reference Committee A for review. The Chair of Reference Committee A was another DCMS Past-president, John Montgomery, MD. Dr. Montgomery expertly managed debate and discussion on the amendment for nearly an hour. In the end, the Reference Committee referred the original report to the House of Delegates where it was approved. You can read the details here.

Other critical issues decided on the floor included increasing access to psychiatric care, handling augmented intelligence in medicine, increased access to Nalaxone, and a strengthened anti-harassment policy. For a complete report of the major policies adopted by the House, click here.

The meeting was also an opportunity to celebrate several historic moments. On Tuesday, Patrice Harris, M.D. was sworn in as the first African-American woman President of the AMA. You can watch her powerful Inauguration address here.

If you would like to hear more from Dr. Harris, she will be a Keynote Speaker at the 2019 DCMS Annual Meeting and Future of Healthcare Conference. The meeting will be held October 7-8 at the Prime Osborn Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register. Now until this Sunday, save $25 on your registration using the promo code #WomenOfAMA. Click here to register for the event!


 Tra'Chella Johnson Foy, DCMS Past-president

#WomenofAMA was a major theme of the meeting. DCMS Past-president Tra’Chella Johnson-Foy and many other female physicians proudly displayed signs with the words trailblazer, advocate, and leader throughout the conference. There was an impactful moment when the Speaker acknowledged the record number of women physicians in the House of Delegates, and encouraged each to hold up their signs. Then, just minutes later, the House elected Susan R. Bailey, MD as the President-elect of the AMA. This marks the first time in the organization’s history that three consecutive Presidents of the organization will be women.

One of the most important issues discussed at the meeting was the growing rate of physician depression, burnout and suicide. DCMS CEO Bryan Campbell was a part of full-day training session which brought physicians and executives from across the United States to share lessons learned from our LifeBridge Physician Wellness Program, and helping them develop their own programs to implement in their societies.

Remember that free and confidential in-person coaching sessions are only a phone call away for all DCMS Members. Just call our LifeBridge Wellness Line at 447-LIFE. To learn more about our program and counselors, go to

 Dr. St. George and Bryan Campbell with a statue of Harry Caray, outside Wrigley Field

DCMS President-elect James St. George is also a Delegate to the AMA, and after a long week of Reference Committees, meetings and session of the House of Delegates, Mr. Campbell was able to convince him to head to the northside and catch a Cubs game. The entire meeting was a bit of a homecoming for Dr. St. George who completed his pre-med degree at the University of Chicago.

Participating in the AMA House of Delegates and the Florida Medical Association House of Delegates are great ways to get involved in the future of medicine in our state and nation. If you are interested in getting involved, email Marissa for more information.