Seek­ing hu­mor at the AMA

Modern Healthcare - - OUTLIERS ASIDES & INSIDES -

The an­nual Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion House of Del­e­gates meet­ing ba­si­cally con­sists of sev­eral days of doc­tors talk­ing for hours on end. While pon­tif­i­ca­tion is of­ten the or­der of the day, a few del­e­gates man­age to crack wise.

In a de­bate about the po­ten­tial health haz­ards of “frack­ing,” a process used to at­tract nat­u­ral gas, for­mer AMA Trustee Dr. Cyril “Kim” Het­sko ref­er­enced the po­ten­tial con­flicts his state of res­i­dence may pose: “Wis­con­sin has no sources of gas, be­sides the hot air com­ing out of mouths or our dairy cows.”

Dur­ing a de­bate be­tween the two can­di­dates to be AMA pres­i­dent-elect, the even­tual win­ner, Dr. Robert Wah, talked about be­ing called upon to de­liver emer­gency med­i­cal care. “You and I know the call: ‘Is there a doc­tor in the house?’ ” Wah said. “This is what makes our pro­fes­sion stand above the rest. When was the last time any­body heard ‘Is there a lawyer in the house? Will an MBA please come to the back of the air­plane?’ ”

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