May 2005: The American Medical Association (AMA) decides to review 10 health care professions based on concern that these professional groups were attempting to expand their scope of practice and could potentially harm the public (included audiologists, dentists, naturopaths, nurse anesthetists, nurse practitioners, optometrists, pharmacists, physical therapists, podiatrists, and psychologists.)
June/July 2009: The Academy became aware of the AMA SOP Data Series document on Audiologists.
July 2009: The Academy established a task force to review the document and provide recommendations to the Academy Board of Directors. The AMA Response Task Force chaired by Georgine Ray actively sought to include representation from all organizations involved with audiology. Those who could not participate in the actual task force work were asked to endorse the final report.
September 29, 2009: Letter sent to J. James Rohack, M.D., AMA President from Kris English, Ph.D. Academy President stating that inaccuracies exist in the AMA SOP Data Series document.
October, 2009: AMA Response Task Force completes their final report and forwards to the Academy Board of Directors for review.
October 16, 2009: Cheryl Kreider Carey, Executive Director of the American Academy of Audiology receives a letter from Michael Maves, M.D., CEO of the AMA inviting the Academy to provide specific information regarding and “factual misstatements” in the data series document and that the AMA will consider revisions. He further states the intent of this data series modules are for advocacy tools used to inform legislators, regulatory bodies and other governmental decision makers.
October 28, 2009: Dr. Kris English responds to Dr. Maves letter by stating the Academy “could not possibly help with a document that indicts our own profession” and that the Academy and its membership will prefer to communicate directly with our audiences including government decision makers.