PDMP access among residency-related proposals at 2016 Interim Meeting

The upcoming AMA 2016 Interim Meeting will see several resolutions up for consideration that could affect graduate medical education (GME) training programs. Learn about three of these GME-related proposals and how you can get involved in shaping them ahead of the meeting. At the2016 AMA Interim Meeting which runs Nov. 12-15 in Orlando, Fla., the AMA House of Delegates will consider proposals that address key issues encompassing the breadth of U.S. medicine. Here are three resolutions that could affect residency:Universal prescriber access to prescription drug monitoring programs (PDMP).Resident and fellow physicians made up almost11 percent of the physician workforce in 2014 and can write prescriptions for controlled substances in most states, yet they do not all have access to the state PDMPs that can help them safely order these medications. Residents in Massachusettsrecently advocated for, and received, PDMP access, but the Bay State appears to be an exception to the rule. Many of the 49 state laws responsible for the creation of PDMPs do not explicitly grant resident access. This resolution calls for the AMA to support legislation and regulatory action that would authorize all prescribers of controlled substances, including residents, to access their state PDMP.Primary care and mental health training in residency.A 2012 study found that primary care physicians often feel unprepared tomanage patients with complex psychiatric comorbidities, while other research has fou...
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