AMA-RPS Policy Promotion GrantsApplying for a Policy Promotion Grant. JAMA. 1998;279(8):568AJ. doi:10.1001/jama.279.8.568
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physicians Services,
American Medical Association.
In 1992 the American Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section
(AMA-RPS) instituted a Policy Promotion Grant program that was endorsed by
the AMA's House of Delegates. The program awards grants of up to $500 to resident
and fellow physicians who initiate, or are involved in, projects that further
AMA policy. A project description of recently awarded grants is listed below.
Timothy Reeder, MD, was awarded a grant to help sponsor an educational
program entitled Building the Foundation: Financial Management and Career
Planning for Residents and Fellows. The program presented attendees with information
on choosing between different types of medical practices, evaluating insurance
needs, managing student loans, and analyzing employment contracts. Nearly
50 residents and fellows attended the program.
Vincent Grasso, MD, was awarded a grant to help the expense of shipping
equipment for a 10-day medical mission to Tarija, Bolivia. Dr Grasso and other
physicians distributed medical supplies, provided care to the town's residents,
and instructed local physicians in laparoscopic techniques and postoperative
care. The project was sponsored by several medical and humanitarian organizations
including Ayudamos Inc, which Dr Grasso founded.
Amber Chatwin, MD, was awarded a grant to support and promote the AMA-RPS
national antitobacco essay contest "Smoking Is Not for Me" in the state of
New York. The contest encourages sixth through eighth graders to think about
the dangers of smoking. The funds will be used to award prizes to the best
entries in New York. The top entrant will be forwarded for national judging.
Karen Underwood, MD, was awarded a grant to set up a display booth promoting
bicycle safety at the Doctor's Day Fair at the Indianapolis Children's Museum.
Dr Underwood and other resident physicians showed an educational video, distributed
safety brochures and bicycle reflectors, and held a raffle for bicycle helmets.
Over 300 children and their parents visited the booth.
Any resident or fellow physician interested in initiating a project
that will further any AMA policy set forth in the AMA Policy Compendium can
apply for a grant. Residents must complete an application and include relevant
support documentation. Applications are available from the AMA Department
of Resident Physicians Services at 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, by telephone
at (312) 464-4751, or by e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Grant applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of 5 AMA staff
members and 1 resident physician. Applications must be endorsed by the state
medical society of the state in which the resident resides. Following the
review, applicants are notified of the committee's decision. Grant checks
are sent to the state medical society, which dispenses funds to the appropriate
organization. (Grant checks cannot be made out to individual residents.) Grant
recipients are required to submit a program evaluation to the AMA after the
program is completed.
Contact Gloria Robertson of the AMA-RPS at (312) 464-5529 or at email@example.com if you have questions regarding the
Policy Promotion Grant program.