Highlights from the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting

Follow the news and other key moments from WADA’s first in-person House of Delegates meeting since the COVID-19 pandemic. The 2022 AMA Annual Meeting runs from June 10-15.

Referral committees start today

WADA delegates will testify today and tomorrow on the hundreds of reports and resolutions to be considered at the meeting. Delegates draw on their expertise, the best evidence from the medical literature and health policy, and insights from their state medical associations and national medical specialty societies to weigh in on proposals that span the range of issues affecting patients and physicians.

These reference committees will meet from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. CDT today:

  • Reference Committee on Amendments to the Constitution and Bylaws, which covers the WADA Constitution, Bylaws and Medical Ethics Issues. Crystal Ballroom B–C.
  • Reference Committee B, which covers legislation. Regency Ballroom A–B.
  • Reference Committee C, which covers medical education. Regency Ballroom CD.
  • Reference Committee D, which covers public health. East riverside.
  • Reference Committee F, which covers WADA Governance and Funding. Grand ballroom.
  • The Reference Committee G, which covers medical practice. Great Hall I–J.

Watch this short video below, from 2019, and explore this interactive AMA Ed Hub™ course to learn how AMA policy is made.



It’s time to rebuild. And WADA is ready.

In his address last night, AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, detailed the AMA’s recovery plan for American physicians, an ambitious roadmap to renew our nation’s commitment. towards physicians – and ensuring that their needs are met – so that patients can receive the top – quality care they deserve.

To learn more, watch this video on the AMA’s stimulus plan for American physicians, which aired last night during the opening session of the annual meeting.


Imagined and built against the backdrop of the challenges of COVID-19 that have pushed our healthcare system to the brink, including increasing physician burnout, relentless and onerous prior authorization requirements and no solution to ensure telehealth coverage for patients, the Recovery Plan for America’s Physicians focuses on five key goals to rebuild health care so it works better for physicians and all they serve:


As the AMA celebrates its 175th anniversary, the former president reflects on the past 50

When Alan Nelson, MD, walked into his first House of Delegates meeting in 1972, the air was blue with tobacco smoke. “There was an ashtray at each seat,” he recalls. That year also marked one of the key dates in the AMA’s 175-year history, as it was when a landmark report by the American Surgeon General was released and the AMA launched its “war on smoking”.

And by the time Dr Nelson became president of the organization in 1989, the AMA had called for a ban on smoking on planes and numerous other measures to discourage deadly addiction. The AMA has highlighted the public health epidemic of e-cigarettes and vaping in recent years and supported the banning of menthol flavoring in cigarettes.

The AMA’s war on smoking marks one of the critical turning points in AMA history, said Dr Nelson, a retired private internist-endocrinologist who turns 89 this month. He provides valuable perspective given that his tenure as AMA President in 1989-90 goes back further than that of any other living AMA President.

As the AMA celebrates its 175th anniversary this year, Dr. Nelson reflected on the many ways American health care has changed and how the AMA has grown to respond to the medical moment.

Learn more in this thought-provoking Q&A with Dr. Nelson.


Watch these on-demand training sessions

Many of the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting training sessions have been pre-recorded and you can watch them at your convenience. Among them:


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Dr Madara: AMA continues work worthy of its 175-year legacy

Medicine and society have changed over the AMA’s 175-year history, but the Association’s role as the vanguard of creating a healthier nation has remained constant, according to the AMA Executive Vice President and CEO James L. Madara, MD.

“These advancements have dramatically changed the way we diagnose, treat and care for our patients,” he added. “But it is this last element, benevolence, which has perhaps changed the least. Because health care remains intimate and personal. The need for a caring relationship between a doctor and his patients is timeless.

Learn more from Dr. Madara about how WADA has fulfilled its mission during COVID-19 and intends to do so for decades to come.



Dr Harmon: US must renew commitment to doctors

Since the last time the AMA House of Delegates met in person in 2019, there have been stimulus checks, the CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) and the United States 2021 bailout, along with several other related COVID-19 relief efforts sent from Washington.

The AMA has now developed its own plan to help doctors and their practices recover from the difficulties of the pandemic.

“It’s the doctors who are rising to this moment, day in and day out,” said AMA President Gerald E. Harmon, MD, in his address to the opening session of the annual meeting.

“These are the doctors our nation turns to — for answers, for treatment, for help,” said Dr. Harmon, a family physician in South Carolina. “You have cared for our nation – at great personal sacrifice – and it is time for our nation to renew its commitment to you.”

Read Dr. Harmon on the AMA’s stimulus package for American doctors.



These essentials will help you get the most out of the meeting.

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Follow the meeting on social networks

Highlights of key meeting moments and political actions from the House of Delegates will be posted daily on the WADA website, the WADA Annual Meeting 2022 website and the WADA Facebook page , Instagram and Twitter account using #AMAmtg.

Leaders’ addresses and more will be featured on WADA’s YouTube channel. After the meeting, be sure to follow WADA on LinkedIn for additional updates as well.


8 Questions to Watch for at the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting

Hundreds of physicians and medical students gathered at the Hyatt Regency Chicago for the 2022 AMA Annual Meeting to review proposals on a wide range of clinical practice, payment, medical education and of public health. The meeting opens today and will continue until Wednesday, June 15.

Among the notable issues that will be addressed are the following eight:

  • Countering public health misinformation by health professionals.
  • Regulate ghost guns.
  • Declare climate change a public health crisis.
  • Ban cannabidiol advertisements in places frequented by children.
  • Prevent loss of insurance coverage after the COVID -19 public health emergency ends.
  • Urge the Food and Drug Administration to quickly review and approve the over-the-counter status of oral contraceptives.
  • Decreasing bias in medical student performance evaluations.
  • Ensure access to quality on-call services for doctors in training.

Learn more.

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