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Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physician Services,
American Medical Association.
The National Consortium of Resident Physician Organizations (NCRPO)
sponsors an annual forum for leaders of resident physician organizations.
This year's forum, "Residency Training: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?" will explore
managed health care's effects on graduate medical education. The forum will
be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 1998, at the Hyatt Regency,
Crystal City, Arlington, Va.
The NCRPO is an umbrella organization of resident leaders from academic
medical centers, medical specialty organizations, state medical societies,
and other interested residency training groups. Its mission is to encourage
development and dialogue among resident physician organizations with the goal
of allowing resident members to share educational, leadership, and personal
experiences through the annual forum. The forum is sponsored by the Health
Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health
and Human Services.
Saturday's program will consist of several educational sessions. C.
Earl Fox, MD, MPH, Assistant Surgeon General and Administrator, HRSA, will
deliver the keynote address on Saturday afternoon. He will describe how changes
in the health care marketplace are affecting the delivery of graduate medical
education by medical schools, hospitals, and residency training programs.
On Saturday morning, attendees will be presented with ideas on how residents
can form action-oriented partnerships to improve education and patient care
at their institutions. Speakers for the Saturday morning session include Charles
Aswad, MD, Executive Vice President, New York State Medical Society; Steven
Sharfstein, MD, MPA, CEO, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, Md; and Steven
Smith, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Brown University School
of Medicine, Providence, RI. Attendees will also hear a discussion about how
the resident work environment affects patient care and whether further improvements
are needed in this area. This discussion will be led by David Duncan, author
of Residents: The Perils and Promise of Educating Young
Doctors, and Bertrand Bell, MD, Professor, Albert Einstein College
of Medicine, New York, NY, and chair of the Bell Commission, which recommended
that teaching hospitals in New York State regulate the working hours of resident
In Sunday's sessions, congressional staffers and staff from various
medical societies will teach residents effective lobbying techniques and how
to influence public policy on the federal, state, and local levels. On Monday,
meeting participants will have the opportunity to practice these new skills
by visiting their elected representatives on Capitol Hill.
Residents can apply for the Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Award for Outstanding
Resident Physician Leadership, which will fund one resident's travel to the
annual forum. The award recognizes a resident physician who has demonstrated
a commitment to the welfare and advancement of all residents through participation
in organized medicine. The award is named after the former director of the
Bureau of Health Professions. To apply, send a short essay on any topic, a
detailed curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation by August 7, 1998,
to: NCRPO, PO Box 13726, Silver Springs, MD 20911-3726.
For more information on the NCRPO or its Eighth Annual Forum, visit
our Web site at http://www.residents.org or contact Sharon Haddock
at Earl Moore & Associates Inc, at the address listed above or by telephone
at (301) 495-7808.