June 02, 2014
Area(s) of Interest: Physician Leadership Professional Development & Education
The American Medical Association (AMA) will gather physician and medical student leaders from all 50 states at its annual meeting, which kicks off June 7 in Chicago. Four California Medical Association (CMA) members will be running for AMA office during the meeting.
Jack Resneck, Jr., M.D., an Associate Professor of Clinical Dermatology at the University of California, San Francisco, is running for AMA Board of Trustees. Patricia Austin, M.D., an ophthalmologist from Oakland, is seeking election to the AMA’s Committee on Constitutions and Bylaws. Adam Dougherty, M.D., MPH, is running for the resident/fellow seat on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health. Robert Gilchick, M.D., MPH, medical director for the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Department of Child and Adolescent Health, is running for re-election to the Council on Science and Public Health.
Dr. Resneck was the chair of the AMA Council on Legislation. He has also served on the board of the American Academy of Dermatology, led its Council on Government Affairs and served as president of California Society of Dermatology & Dermatologic Surgery.
Dr. Austin has served as president of the Alameda Contra Costa Medical Association, as well as trustee for CMA and board member of the AMA Foundation.
Dr. Dougherty was elected as a delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section in his first year as a medical student at UC Davis School of Medicine, and went on to become a regional delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, a position he held for two years. He has also service as a student trustee for CMA and a as student board member of the CMA Political Action Committee.
Dr. Gilchick was treasurer of American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) and a member of the ACPM Board of Regents. He began attending AMA House of Delegates meetings in 2000 as a delegate to the AMA Young Physicians Section (YPS) Assembly and subsequently was elected to the AMA-YPS Governing Council. He has been a member of the ACPM delegation to the AMA-HOD since 2006 and was elected to the AMA Council on Science and Public Health in 2010.
The AMA’s House of Delegates is the policymaking body at the center of American medicine, bringing together an inclusive group of physicians, medical students and residents representing every state and medical field. Delegates will work in a democratic process to create a national physician consensus on emerging issues in public health, science, ethics, business and government to continually provide safer, higher quality and more efficient care for patients and communities.
For a comprehensive list of the items to be considered by the House of Delegates, please visit the AMA website.