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Under the new policy, the AMA also will encourage doctors to educate patients about the risks of texting while driving.
In other action at the meeting, the AMA adopted policies to:
Encourage doctors to practice in underserved communities. The measure urges increased government and private scholarships, loan repayment programs, visa waiver programs and tax credits for medical students who agree to practice in needy areas.
Increase the number of primary-care physicians. The AMA will support programs to decrease the debt of physicians who choose to practice primary care, including scholarships and loan repayment plans.
Encourage doctors to take a stronger role in promoting "green" polices to fight global warming. The policy acknowledges that extreme weather and temperature changes could lead to heat-related illnesses and increases in infectious diseases and respiratory problems.
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