AANEM Seeks Young Physician Alternate Delegate to AMA House of Delegates

Published January 18, 2023


The AANEM is seeking a young physician interested in policy-making, legislative and scope of practice issues to represent the AANEM as both an Alternate Delegate and a Young Physician Section (YPS) delegate in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). The term “Young Physician” is defined by the AMA as a physician who is under 40 years of age OR within the first 8 years of professional practice after residency and fellowship. AANEM also encourages EMG/NM fellows to apply. 

The AANEM delegation consists of two Delegates, two Alternate Delegates and the AANEM Health Policy & Standards Director (Millie Suk, JD, MPP). The newly appointed Alternate Delegate will join William Pease, MD (Delegation Chair – physiatrist – The Ohio State), William David, MD, PhD (Delegate – neurologist – Harvard University), and John Kincaid (Alternate Delegate – neurologist – Indiana University) at the bi-annual HOD meetings. The HOD Delegates and Alternates play important roles in coordinating advocacy activities with the other neuroscience-based specialties as well as with their state delegations for the advancement and protection of medical practice in general, and NM and EDX physicians and their practices in particular. The individual selected for this role will have the opportunity to gain hands-on, in-the-trenches understanding of the process and politics involved in policymaking by the AMA. The opportunities for professional networking are significant (actually, totally awesome). 

For a more detailed explanation of the HOD, see the AMA HOD webpage

Responsibilities of the HOD Alternate:

  • Be a Member of the AMA.
  • Be open to exposure to wide ranging issues / policies affecting current & future medical practice.
  • Be open to mentoring in the procedures of the HOD by Drs. Pease, David, Kincaid and Millie Suk, as well as delegates and staff from organizations like the AAN & AAPMR.
  • Be available to attend the bi-annual HOD meetings – in June (Chicago) and in November (location varies year-to-year but tends to be in a warm location). The meetings are 4-5 days in length, usually beginning Saturday morning and ending on Tuesday or Wednesday by noon.
  • Be able to review proposed resolutions and council reports distributed by the AMA prior to the HOD meetings and work with the AANEM staff, as well as with partner associations, such as AAN and AAPM&R, to decide on support or opposition of proposed resolutions or council reports. Much of this work is conducted during a handful of 1-2 hour evening zoom meetings prior to the HOD.
  • Be available to work with AANEM staff and physician experts in other like-minded delegations to develop resolutions.
  • Be comfortable with attending large, evening social events with the AANEM delegation during the HOD meeting.
All travel and lodging expenses are paid by AANEM.

To indicate your interest in this opportunity: 
Please email the following no later than March 1, 2023 to policy@aanem.org
  1. Brief statement of interest with current contact/bio information 
  2. CV
* Please be sure to put "HOD" in the subject line