This year, the Michigan Delegation to the American Medical Association, took on the windy city (a.k.a., Chicago) from the comfort of their homes and offices. Like other major meetings and conferences, the AMA’s Annual Meeting was cancelled. In its stead, the AMA Board of Trustees convened a virtual Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates on June 7, 2020. The business of the Special Meeting was limited to elections, “essential business,” and the inauguration of incoming President Susan R. Bailey, MD.
At the meeting, the AMA Board of Trustees pledged action to confront systemic racism and police brutality. Outgoing AMA President Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, gave a moving farewell speech emphasizing the need for America’s physicians to be the voices the country can trust in times of trial.
The AMA Governance Committee (Reference Committee F) took virtual testimony prior to the meeting on eight reports from AMA councils and the Board of Trustees. The Committee’s recommendations were presented, amended, and adopted. The most notable was the Board of Trustees Report 3 which proposed expanding the number of years from two to four over which young physician dues rates increase to the full $420 rate, keeping other dues at their current rates, and increasing visibility of and access to information regarding the AMA’s existing financial hardship policy and how to apply.
On the election front, Michigan Delegate, Pino D. Colone, MD, was re-elected to the AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws and subsequently chosen by his Council peers to serve as Vice Chair. Gerald E. Harmon, MD, a family physician from South Carolina, was elected AMA President-elect and Susan R. Bailey, MD, an allergist/immunologist from Texas was inaugurated as the 175th President of the AMA.
Following the Special Meeting, the newly-elected AMA Board of Trustees met and elected MSMS President S. Bobby Mukkamala, MD, to serve as Chair-elect.