First Call for the AMA-RPS Interim Meeting. JAMA. 1998;280(8):694E. doi:10.1001/jama.280.8.694
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physician Services,
American Medical Association.
The 22nd Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association-Resident
Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) Assembly will be held December 3-5, 1998, at
the Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, Hawaii. Because Hawaii is a popular
vacation destination, we strongly encourage attendees to make travel arrangements
as soon as possible.
The AMA-RPS has nearly 35000 members and is the largest organization
of residents in the country. At the meeting, residents and fellows from across
the United States will create policy on collective negotiations by residents,
graduate medical education funding, public health, and other topics. Delegates
to the AMA-RPS Assembly must be AMA members currently in an accredited residency
program or residency fellowship. Resident delegates represent their state
and specialty societies or the uniformed services. A total of 201 delegates
representing 31 states and territories, 22 specialty societies, and 2 uniformed
services attended the 1997 Interim Meeting.
Residents who have attended a meeting in the past will be mailed registration
materials; these materials will also be mailed to state and specialty societies.
Residents and others can register by mail, fax, or online through the AMA-RPS
Web page at the address listed below. The preregistration deadline is October
16. Preregistered attendees will be mailed a copy of the AMA-RPS Meeting Handbook
prior to the meeting. Those who register after October 16 must pick up their
handbooks at the meeting.
Policies developed at the meeting are derived from 2 sources: reports
written by the AMA-RPS Governing Council and resolutions submitted by individual
delegates or delegations. If a delegation is interested in submitting a resolution,
the AMA Department of Resident Physician Services encourages the delegation's
members to begin researching and preparing the resolution now. All resolutions
must specify whether or not the AMA or AMA-RPS has current policy related
to the resolution. Well-researched and well-written resolutions have a better
chance of being understood and adopted by the Assembly. Resolutions for consideration
at the meeting must be received by AMA-RPS staff through mail, fax, or e-mail
by October 23. Residents who are preparing a resolution should contact their
medical societies or AMA-RPS staff for assistance.
On Friday, December 4, the Assembly will convene and will be presented
with general information about the meeting events. All resolutions and reports
under consideration are referred to 1 of 2 reference committees, and attendees
will be able to testify on the resolutions in open hearings. Following the
hearings, the reference committees will meet to develop recommendations on
whether to adopt, not adopt, or refer an item of business to the Governing
Council. The committee's recommendations are based on testimony presented
in the hearings and background information provided to the committees. On
Friday, attendees will also be able to participate in educational sessions
and state and specialty caucuses.
On Saturday, December 5, the entire Assembly will vote on the reference
committees' recommendations. If the Assembly adopts a resolution, it may become
internal policy or may be submitted to the AMA House of Delegates for further
consideration. We also encourage residents to attend the House of Delegates
Interim Meeting from December 6-9 to provide testimony and monitor debate
on resident issues being considered by the AMA.
Delegates at the AMA-RPS Interim Meeting will elect a resident to the
positions of Governing Council Chair-Elect and Resident Trustee. In addition,
the RPS Governing Council will appoint reference and credentials committees
and House of Delegates testimony coordinators prior to the Interim Meeting.
Information on any of the above positions will be included in the registration
For more information on the Interim Meeting contact the AMA Department
of Resident Physician Services at (312) 464-4751; fax (312) 464-5845 or send
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Web site address
for meeting information is