A recent American Medical News (4/25/11) features a column to graduating med students from from AMA Board of Trustees chair Ardis Hoven, MD. Dr. Hoven notes with excitement and envy, an impressive array of technological advances available to the latest physicians, as well as "the promise that everyone who needs it will, finally have access to medical care." (She politely avoids troubling any impressionable student minds with messy economic questions).
According to ModernPhysician.com, the AMA is celebrating its third straight year of declining membership (the 1% increase in 2007 included 8,577 free memberships for residents).
Is the AMA out of touch? In addition to lauding recent scientific and (ahem) political advances, Dr. Hoven also excites new doctors with "the AMA-convened Physician Consortium for Performance Improvement has brought the medical community together to identify gaps in health care quality, develop and test measures, and facilitate adoption of new approaches that have resulted in and will continue to affect quality improvements. This is only a short list of the thrilling world waiting for our new medical graduates."Wow.