Action More Important than Signatures

Well, I know you guys are out there somewhere but only a few signatures are on the petition to oppose Maintenance of Licensure (MOL,, but by now most doctors in Iowa know that the Iowa Medical Society House of Delegates adopted the resolution to oppose MOL in Iowa.

Although the Iowa Board of Medicine and I were unable to discuss opposition to MOL at the public portion of their meeting on April 25, 2013 by telephone conference, they are still keeping the lines of communication open. They accepted my updated handout and I sent them a link to my latest blog post with YouTube video, see link

There are probably many reasons why people don’t sign petitions, especially electronically mediated ones, among them the fear they’ll be spammed. That’s understandable.

More important than signatures are the actions of physicians who believe that the spirit of continuous quality improvement in providing safe, humanistic, excellent clinical care ought to be a part of the culture of medicine, practiced every day in every encounter with patients and families.

“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder
“…And we must build a culture of humanistic clinical excellence.”—Jamos the Elder

Author: Jim Amos

Dr. James J. Amos is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry in the UI Carver College of Medicine at The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. Dr. Amos received a B. S. degree in Distributed Studies (Zoology, Chemistry, and Microbiology) in 1985 from Iowa State University and an M.D. from The University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa in 1992. He completed his psychiatry residency, including a year as Chief Resident, in 1996 at the Department of Psychiatry at The University of Iowa. He has co-edited a practical book about consultation psychiatry with Dr. Robert G. Robinson entitled Psychosomatic Medicine: An Introduction to Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry. As a clinician educator, among Dr. Amos’s most treasured achievements is the Leonard Tow Humanism in Medicine Award.

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