Friday Funny: JAMA

This one comes from my friend, Vance Lassey MD.  He is a direct primary care doc and wrote for me at the Placebo Journal back in the days.

I love this so much because I have been thowing away JAMA since medical school.  The funny thing is that it keeps coming back.  It’s like herpes.  There must be a huge cost for this type of waste but I guess it doesn’t matter because the AMA is full of money to waste.  Our money.

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  5 comments for “Friday Funny: JAMA

  1. Kurt
    December 13, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Really? Our money? I haven’t re-upped in years. I still get a bill though.
    Debating on whether to re-up with the AAFP. Made a pact with the devil if
    I passed the last MOC, I’ll re-up. If not I don’t know what to do as within 4 to 5 years
    of walking away (retirement age) Gotta wait for the damned Medicare. I couldn’t
    take the MOC test early due to medical issues and spent $3800.00 for review courses.
    Some of the questions were bullcrap. Fournier’s gangrene anyone or what tricyclic
    to give grandma? Total bullshit waste of time. 50 hours CME a year is enough.
    Do they tell FP residents no one is going to give them early retirement like a state of Illinois
    employee? Have more than one kid and go into hock for college.

  2. Perry
    December 8, 2017 at 12:20 pm

    I would consider them both “brown journals” in terms of their use as lavatory paper…

  3. Bob Rakov
    December 8, 2017 at 11:51 am

    But if it were not for the AMA, who would copyright the billing codes, maintain a masterfile of physician demographics (to sell to pharma and insurance companies) and speak with authority about crap we don’t agree with?

  4. Linda Wray MD
    December 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    I have never joined the AMA but have received a “Membership dues” notice every month for 36 years. Your dues at work!!

  5. Bill Ameen MD
    December 8, 2017 at 9:59 am

    I was a member of the Student AMA but never the AMA, but got JAMA free for years. I looked at the obituaries they used to run to see if any of my old mentors were listed, and at the occasionally helpful Q & A. The main articles never seemed helpful to working doctors. Same was true of NEJM, which we used to call “the Brown Journal” in med school and residency because we never had time to take it out of the wrapper (I actually told former editor Marcia Angell that at a conference one time). Even semi-retired (except for my teaching and volunteering) I still get a renewal offer from AMA about once a month!

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