May 6, 2021, 2:14 p.m. News Staff — International medical graduates in underserved areas, breastfeeding and lactation options for working family physicians, and sex- and gender-based disparities in medical literature were among the topics featured in 10 resolutions considered during the Reference Committee on Health of the Public and Science hearing at the 2021 National Conference of Constituency Leaders and then taken up by NCCL delegates.
The meeting, held virtually April 29-May 1, featured testimony from FPs across the country, many of whom delivered stirring testimony about issues of importance to public health and to the specialty.
After the reference committee heard spirited testimony that highlighted the role of international medical graduates in filling physician gaps in many rural and underserved areas, delegates adopted a substitute resolution calling on the Academy to encourage other entities and agencies to create grants to incentivize IMGs to work in primary care in underserved communities.
The reference committee heard testimony from several members who described obstacles that precluded them from safely and effectively pumping breastmilk at the workplace. Many participants reported that facilities do not give physicians protected time to express breastmilk, and they do not have nonclinical areas for the expression of breastmilk. In addition, many attendees referred to existing AAFP policies that recommend that babies be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and that promote protected time and physical accommodations for breastfeeding and lactating medical trainees.
Delegates adopted a substitute resolution asking the Academy to
The reference committee heard testimony from members in support of a resolution intended to improve awareness of sex and gender disparities in primary literature and guideline-based medicine. Participants said the resolution is intended to be inclusive of all gender identities, with the goal of establishing greater transparency in who is represented in medical research and how that data is used and reported.
Ultimately, delegates adopted a substitute resolution that, among other things, asks the Academy to send letters to the editors of major biomedical journals strongly recommending the use of the Sex and Gender Equity in Research guidelines, and to provide educational tools for medical schools and residencies to integrate sex- and gender-based medicine topics in the curriculum.
Delegates also adopted resolutions or substitute resolutions asking the Academy to