This e-mail exchange with the Florida Society of Plastic Surgeons took place in May 2022. Nothing has changed. If anything, things are worse. Below is the original e-mail and responses that followed.
Dear FSPS Member,
I know many may have strong feelings about the AMA but when politicians consider legislation impacting medicine, they look to what they consider a trusted source, the AMA.
The Aesthetic Society is approximately 52 members shy of regaining our seat at the AMA House of Delegates. If we are not represented, we cannot advocate for our patients, our specialty and the safe practice of medicine.
To regain our seat, at least 20% of Aesthetic Society members must also be members of the AMA . Membership also counts for our other societies as well.
The American Board of Cosmetic Surgery has delegates and is certainly voicing their opinions to the AMA.
Please join the AMA today so we may keep a seat and a voice at the table and can provide important input regarding decisions that impact us and our patients. The deadline is May 31st so the sooner the better!
David Halpern, MD
Below is my reply:
This presents me with a dilemma. I do not believe the AMA any longer represents the interests of physicians if, indeed, it ever did. I dropped my membership in the wake of the failure of the AMA to voice the concerns of physicians in the passage of the ACA in a quid pro quo to eliminating the SGR. Now, the AMA has gone fully woke, adopting critical race theory and race essentialism, as well as other progressive, unscientific positions vis a vis gender dysphoria. I simply cannot, and will not, join this organization, the demise of which cannot come soon enough for me. R. T. Bosshardt, MD, FACS