American Medical Association en Is Obesity a Disease? <p><strong>UPDATE: The AMA <a href="">voted yes</a> on calling obesity a disease, despite a committee's recommendations against it.</strong></p> Wed, 12 Jun 2013 20:22:23 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 16796 at Is Obesity a Disease? AMA invests $10M to transform doctor education <div id="webclip_lead_text">The American Medical Association announced this week a $10 million dollar initiative to help U.S. medical schools improve the education of future doctors. They're looking for proposals now from schools for projects that develop new ways of teaching and evaluating medical students, new ways of teaching them about the health care system and financing, and other attempts to, as they say, "bridge the widening gap between how physicians are being trained and the future needs of our health care system." Here's their launch video, complete with dramatic music! Wed, 23 Jan 2013 17:31:16 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 9070 at More Interest in Primary Care, But are Medical Schools Ready? <p>Interesting <a href="">story</a>&nbsp;from the American Medical Association’s news wire today about the growing number of medical students who are opting to pursue careers in family medicine. Students matched with family medicine residencies are up 14%this year from 2008, the writer reports (based on information from the national residency matching program).</p> Thu, 20 Dec 2012 19:05:44 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 4704 at Mass. to consider assisted suicide <p>My friend Sacha Pfeiffer at WBUR filed <a href=";f=1001&amp;sc=tw&amp;utm_source=twitterfeed&amp;utm_medium=twitter">this </a>story for NPR about a ballot question Massachusetts voters will be asked to answer this November.&nbsp; If voters approve the measure, that would make it the third state to legalize a lethal prescription for terminally ill patients who wish to end their lives.</p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 04:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 8276 at Graduate Medical Education Funding Showdown? <p>The Association of American Medical Colleges has launched a new <a data-mce-="" href="">ad campaign</a>, running in newspapers near the sites of upcoming presidential debates, calling for an increase in funding for graduate medical education. The group is trying to draw attention to what it sees as a crisis in the making: the current limit on the number of federally funded residency programs could, it says, lead to doctor shortages. It's just the latest in a series of movements on the GME front. Tue, 09 Oct 2012 18:00:00 +0000 Kristin Gourlay 4685 at