Resident Physicians Section Adopts Resolutions. JAMA. 1998;279(4):267. doi:10.1001/jama.279.4.267
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physicians Services,
American Medical Association.
Last week's Resident Forum presented the resolutions and reports pertaining
to graduate medical education adopted by the American Medical Association-Resident
Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) at its Interim Meeting in December. This week
we present the adopted resolutions and reports pertaining to public health,
RPS procedures, and other issues.
Public Health Care Benefits called on the AMA
to actively lobby federal and state governments to restore and maintain funding
for public health care benefits for all legal immigrants.
Code Status Requirements for Nursing Home Residents stated that the AMA-RPS opposes any requirement that makes a patient
consent to a do-not-resuscitate (DNR) order as a condition of admission to
a nursing home facility unless that facility is limited to palliative care.
The resolution also asked that the AMA urge other medical agencies and associations
to oppose any legislative or regulatory attempts that would allow a nursing
home facility to require that a patient consent to a DNR order as a condition
of admission unless that facility is limited to palliative care.
Sex Education and Distribution of Condoms in Schools called on the AMA to review the recent medical literature regarding
the promotion of sex education to include abstinence and the free distribution
of condoms in schools, and to make recommendations regarding appropriate AMA
action relative to the promotion of sex education to include abstinence and
the free distribution of condoms in schools.
Medical Student Training in Airway Management
called for the AMA to recommend that all medical students be trained in techniques
and decision making in airway management of the unconscious patient and to
seek inclusion of training in airway management of the unconscious patient
as a requirement in the Liaison Committee on Medical Education's "Functions
and Structure of a Medical School."
Change in the Name of the Resident Physicians Section asked the RPS to pursue a name change in AMA bylaws from Resident
Physicians Section to Residents and Fellows Section and to encourage state
and county medical associations and national medical specialty societies to
adopt a definition of resident and a name of their resident physician membership
component to be consistent with the AMA's.
Creation of an AMA-RPS Leadership Handbook
asked the AMA-RPS staff and Governing Council to design a Leadership Handbook
in which RPS structure and function leadership positions, their descriptions
and contacts, and a list of state society contacts are readily accessible
to interested residents. It also asked the AMA-RPS to encourage state, county,
and specialty societies to develop similar materials and to make the Leadership
Handbook available at the Annual and Interim Meetings and upon request.
One resolution, AMA-RPS Legislative Awareness Experience, was referred to the AMA-RPS Governing Council for a decision. The
resolution asked the AMA-RPS to work to create an internship program for AMA-RPS
members in the AMA's Washington office that would allow the participating
resident physicians to become involved in the political process at the national