Black People : The A.M.A to Apologize to Black Doctors

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  1. Kemetstry

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    CHICAGO (July 10) - The American Medical Association is issuing a formal apology for more than a century of discriminatory policies that excluded blacks from participating in a group long considered the voice of U.S. doctors.

    The apology stems from initiatives at the nation's largest doctors' group to reduce racial disparities in medicine - from the paltry number of black physicians to the disproportionate burden of disease among blacks and other minorities.




    Ric Feld, AP
    Dr. Otis Brawley, here at right in 2003, said he welcomes the AMA's apology. "There were AMA local chapters that actually had rules against black members well into the late 1960s, and policies that made blacks not feel comfortable well into the 1980s," said the doctor, the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer.


    It comes more than 40 years after AMA delegates denounced policies at state and local medical societies dating to the 1800s that barred blacks. For decades, AMA delegates resisted efforts to get them to speak out forcefully against discrimination or to condemn the smaller medical groups that historically have had a big role in shaping AMA policy.

    The apology being issued Thursday might seem belated, but it isn't the AMA's first for its discriminatory history. Dr. John Nelson, then AMA's president, offered a similar apology at a 2005 meeting on improving health care and eliminating disparities, sponsored by the government's Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

    That came a year after the AMA joined the National Medical Association, a black doctors' group, and other minority doctors' groups in forming the Commission to End Health Care Disparities.



    The commission has been working on raising awareness of health disparities, including disproportionate rates of many diseases among blacks and other minorities.

    The new apology is a more formal acknowledgment of the AMA's embarrassing past, and is also part of the AMA's efforts to improve an image that in recent years has lost its luster. In many circles, the AMA is seen as a stodgy trade group focused on doctors' rather than patients' best interests.

    Many black physicians applauded the AMA's move.

    "It is true that what the AMA did historically was awful," said Dr. Otis Brawley, the American Cancer Society's chief medical officer. "There were AMA local chapters that actually had rules against black members well into the late 1960s, and policies that made blacks not feel comfortable well into the 1980s."

    Brawley, who is black, said he's never been an AMA member, but that the apology "certainly makes me much more interested in working with them."

    Dr. Monica Peek, a Chicago internist and member of the AMA and National Medical Association, said the apology "creates an open and healthy dialogue for addressing these issues" that black doctors have long been aware of.

    But she said AMA's actions don't lessen the need for a separate group representing black doctors.

    Addressing health disparities hasn't always been a part of AMA's mission "but it's something that has never been off of NMA's radar," Peek said.
     
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    is it safe to assume that the good doctors foresee an obama victory?
     
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    :lift:Either that, or they are playing it safe. :angel1:












     
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    I'm wondering......
    So they apologize.....AND THEN WHAT:?:

    continue to screw us royally:?:

    cause that has been the m.o.

    they do their dirt, apologize then business as usual.

    I've made no bones about my position on politricks....it is what it is...

    A major cog in the racist shystem....seems to be the MAJOR one at that.

    Oh Hum! job well done

    Thanks for Sharing the info. anywho.....this is the place I get most of my "news". about how Afreekan Descendants are continually screwed...north, east, west and south....in the end...it's what it's all about!
    M.E.
    :hearts2:
     
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    What a friend I find in America...

    (1) I guess because Obama accepted Jesse Jackson's apology, they felt that we would accept their apology...LOL

    (2) Why apologize now?

    (3) Why apologize period!

    Although I am "insulting someone's intelligence," I will say it anyhow...

    When you plan something out regardless of whether it will help or hinder a certain person or group of people, you know full well what you are doing and why you are doing it. Be that as it may, I ask again...Why apologize!

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    :number1::flowers:

    It's a start. The trick is, once the apology is given, to document the infractions so they never happen again. We let universities off the hook which is why Bakke and other reverse discrimination cases went thru later. Ultimately, this is about clinical trials funding and research grants. Moreover, prime spots in hospitals and surgical chairs












     
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    :whip::court::flamet::bully:

    :qqb014::em2300::em0200:

    :toast::fyi:



    Ultimately, this is about clinical trials funding and research grants. Moreover, prime spots in hospitals and surgical chairs














     
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    obama having an effect even before the election....expect to see more of this
     
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    Yes, maybe now some of the doubters will start to believe. Maybe now we can turn the discussion to strategies to help him get elected













     
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    naw, these cats won't believe even after he gets inaugurated.
    they'll say it was all a set up in a TV studio,

    homie seems to be doing OK with out us.
     
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