Northsider Sharon P. Douglas, MD, was recently elected to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) Council on Medical Education.
Dr. Douglas practices pulmonary medicine at the G.V. Sonny Montgomery VA Medical Center and is professor of medicine and associate dean for VA education at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (UMMC).
The Council on Medical Education recommends educational policies to the AMA House of Delegates among other things.
“It is a great honor to have been selected by the AMA House of Delegates to serve on the Council on Medical Education,” said Dr. Douglas. “In this role, I will be able to help shape the AMA’s positions on medical education across the continuum of medical education from medical school to postgraduate education and also to changes in continuing education for practicing physicians. It is an honor to follow Dr. Carl Evers as the second Mississippi physician to hold this post for the AMA. I am so thankful to the UMMC medical students, Jill Gordon from MSMA, and Dr. Edward Hill, for their support and assistance with my campaign. I also want to thank the Mississippi Physicians Care Network for their monetary campaign support.”
The council focuses on issues and initiatives related to four areas: undergraduate medical education; graduate medical education; continuing medical education; and continuing professional development.
Dr. Douglas is Associate Dean for VA Education for the UMMC School of Medicine and Professor of Medicine in the UMMC Department of Medicine. Academic honors and leadership positions at the UMMC School of Medicine include: Evers Society Teaching Hall of Fame; Alpha Omega Alpha Teacher of the Year (2010); Faculty Advisor M3/M4 Humanism in Medicine Book Club; Faculty Advisor, UMMC Department of Medicine’s Clinical Quality Improvement Conference, and she is an Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support (ACLS) Instructor. She also received a Secretary’s Hero Award from the VA Central Office for her work post-Hurricane Katrina.
Dr. Douglas has been active in local, statewide, and national medical associations. She is currently on the Mississippi delegation to the AMA House of Delegates, having served as vice-chair and also chair of the MSMA delegation to the AMA. She is a member and delegate of the Central Medical Society. She serves on the MSMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and the Journal of Mississippi State Medical Association’s Editorial Advisory Board.
Other AMA positions she has held include a former member of the AMA’s Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (2005-2012); AMA-BOT choice to be a member. She served on the Liaison Committee for Medical Education Council (2012 to 2016); Executive Committee of Southeastern Delegation (2013 to 2016); Resolutions Committee of the Southeastern Delegation to AMA; as well as a Governing Council member of the AMA’s Academic Physicians Section of the AMA.
Dr. Douglas is also a Fellow in the American College of Chest Physicians, where she has served on the Palliative and End of Life Care Network.