Nation’s physicians gather to lead discussion on health care issues

The American Medical Association (AMA) will gather physician and medical student leaders from all corners of medicine at its annual meeting in Chicago to shape the health care agenda of the nation’s largest physician organization.

The AMA’s House of Delegates is the policy-making forum at the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians, residents and medical students representing every state and medical field.

Delegates will work in a democratic process to create a national physician consensus in response to emerging health care issues in the United States. The resulting policies guide the AMA as it represents the physician voice in efforts to advance patient care and improve the nation’s health care system.

During the six-day meeting, the AMA House of Delegates will deliberate and vote on policy proposals related to public health, science, ethics, business, and government. Notable proposals being considered for AMA support, include:

Addressing public health disinformation by health professionals
Regulating ghost guns
Declaring climate change a public health crisis
Opposing requirements on gender-based treatments for athletes
Expunging criminal convictions for cannabis-related offenses that occurred before legalization
Banning cannabidiol ads in places that children frequent
Preventing loss of insurance coverage after the COVID -19 public health emergency ends.
Urging FDA to swiftly review and approve OTC status for oral contraceptives
Decreasing bias in evaluations of medical student performance
Ensuring accessibility of quality childcare for physicians in training

For a comprehensive list of the policy proposals to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA website.

WHAT: 2022 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Chicago, 151 E. Wacker Drive, Downtown Chicago.

WHEN:
Friday, June 10, through Wednesday, June 15.

SCHEDULE & AGENDA: The AMA Annual Meeting website has comprehensive information, including an agenda, travel information and reports and resolutions containing policy proposals to be considered by the House of Delegates.

DAILY EVENTS: The Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates offers reporters a series of addresses and discussions on current topics significant to patients and physicians. All daily events are located at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Press credentials are required to attend daily events.

Friday, June 10

Opening Session of the AMA House of Delegates
5:30 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
The AMA’s policy-making body convenes with addresses from AMA CEO James Madara, M.D., and AMA President Gerald D. Harmon, M.D.

Saturday, June 11

Second Opening Session of the AMA House of Delegates
12:30 to 1:00 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
The AMA’s policy-making body finalizes the business items to be considered during the meeting.

First Session of Reference Committee Hearings
1:00 pm CT – Contact AMA Media & Editorial for hearing locations.
Open hearings are convened to allow delegates to testify on policy proposals related to medical ethics, legislation, medical education, public health, AMA governance, and medical practice.

Reference Committee on Constitution & Bylaws (Medical Ethics)
Reference Committee B (Legislation)
Reference Committee C (Medical Education)
Reference Committee D (Public Health)
Reference Committee F (AMA Governance and Finance)
Reference Committee G (Medical Practice)

Sunday, June 12

Second Session of Reference Committee Hearings
8:00 am CT – Contact AMA Media & Editorial for hearing locations.
Open hearings are convened to allow delegates to testify on policy proposals related to medical service, and science and technology.

Reference Committee A (Medical Service)
Reference Committee E (Science and Technology)

Operationalizing Racial Justice for Equitable Health Systems
1:30 to 2:30 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
An educational  presentation on the AMA’s work to strengthen physicians’ understanding of public health and structural/social drivers of health and inequities; empower physicians and health systems to dismantle structural racism; and equip physicians and health systems to improve services, technology, partnerships, and payment models that advance public health and health equity.

Embed Equity in Innovation
2:30 to 3:30 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
An educational presentation on the
In Full Health initiative. Launched last March, the initiative provides tactical frameworks and action steps to advance equitable opportunities in health innovation investment, solution development, and purchasing.

Litigation Center Open Meeting
2:45 to 4:15 pm CT –  Crystal B/C
Includes a discussion of AMA efforts to intervene in the courts to preserve effective health and safety policies that require widespread vaccination of health care workers.

Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship – Advancing Health Equity
3:30 to 4:30 pm CT –  Grand Ballroom
An educational presentation on the Medical Justice in Advocacy Fellowship launched in 2021 by the AMA and the Morehouse School of Medicine Satcher Health Leadership Institute to advance equity and justice by empowering and mobilizing a new generation of physicians to drive meaningful policy and structural changes.

Monday, June 13

Business Session of the AMA House of Delegates
10:00 am to 6:00 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
The AMA’s policy-making body reconvenes for the first voting session on proposed policies.

Tuesday, June 14

Business Session of the AMA House of Delegates
8:30 am to 5:00 pm CT – Grand Ballroom
The AMA’s policy-making body reconvenes for the second voting session on proposed policies.

Inauguration of the 177th AMA president
5:30 pm CT – Crystal Ballroom
Jack Resneck Jr, M.D. will accept the highest elected office of the AMA and present his inaugural address as the 177th AMA president.

Wednesday, June 15

Business Session of the AMA House of Delegates
8:00 am CT – Grand Ballroom
The AMA’s policy-making body reconvenes for the final