AMA Suggests New Ways to Encourage the HPV Vaccine

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Dr. William B. Clark owns Pensacola-based ENT Associates of Northwest Florida, where he diagnoses and treats afflictions of the ears, nose, and throat. Dr. William B. Clark maintains active membership with multiple professional organizations, including the American Medical Association (AMA).

Founded in 1847, the AMA focuses on the development and advancement of medicine within the United States by, among other things, establishing standards in medical education and promoting both medical ethics and scientific advancement.

The AMA recently reported that the number of people electing to receive the human papillomavirus vaccine is quite low. To increase patient participation, the AMA has suggested altering the delivery requirements for the vaccine; instead of asking the parents of minors if they are interested in having their child vaccinated, physicians are being encouraged to presume and address objections with a strong recommendation. Suggested for adolescents between the ages of 13 and 15, the vaccine is administered in three doses.


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Dr. William B. Clark of Pensacola, Florida, commands nearly three decades of experience as a medical practitioner with specialized training in ear, nose, and throat (ENT) treatments for adults and children. As the owner and lead physician of ENT Associates of Northwest Florida since 1991, Dr. Clark oversees the day-to-day administration and patient care for a busy Pensacola clinic. Prior to opening his private practice, Dr. William B. Clark completed his medical training at The University of Tennessee College of Medicine and served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Marine Corps. After completing his undergraduate work at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee, and joining the military in 1978, Dr. William B. Clark went on to earn his M.D. from The University of Tennessee in 1982. He followed this up with a yearlong medical internship at the Naval Medical Center San Diego in California and then a four-year residency in otolaryngology at the Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland. During the course of his military career, Dr. Clark served as a Battalion Surgeon at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton and the Chairman of the Department of Otolaryngology at the Naval Hospital Orlando. In 1991, Dr. Clark, a Navy Lieutenant commander at the time, received his honorable discharge and entered into private practice. Throughout his career, Dr. William B. Clark has kept his training and technical knowledge up to date through memberships in regional and national professional medical societies. He currently holds membership in the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the American and Florida Medical Associations, and the Escambia County Medical Society. A family man and philanthropist, Dr. Clark spends his free time with his wife and three children and contributing hours and resources to the American Cancer Society, Special Olympics, and Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

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