Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows. JAMA. 1998;280(21):1884E. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1884
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physician
Services, American Medical Association.
The American Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section
(AMA-RPS) Governing Council is recruiting resident and fellow physicians to fill several leadership positions on AMA councils and
other committees. The resident representatives report back to the
AMA-RPS Governing Council on items of interest to resident physicians
and fellows. The following is a summary of the councils and committees
with upcoming vacancies for residents.
The AMA Council on Medical Education addresses all facets of education,
from medical school and residency training to continuing education and
allied health education. Its primary responsibility is to study and
evaluate medical education in order to provide an adequate supply of
well-qualified physicians to meet the medical needs of the public.
The Council also serves as the parent council for committees dealing
with more specific stages of medical education. This Council meets 4
times each year and at AMA Annual and Interim Meetings. This is a
3-year position chosen by a House of Delegates election. If you are
interested in running for this position, you are strongly encouraged to
obtain support for an election campaign from your state or specialty
The AMA Council on Legislation addresses federal legislation related to
health care and makes recommendations to the AMA House of Delegates on
legislative policy. This Council meets 4 times each year and at AMA
Annual and Interim Meetings. The AMA Board of Trustees appoints the
resident member for a 1-year term.
The AMA Surgical Caucus discusses issues and resolutions of the
AMA House of Delegates that are relevant to the surgical
field. The resident member also serves on the Surgical Caucus Executive
Committee and attends the surgical caucuses at the AMA Annual and
Interim Meetings. This is a 1-year appointment made by the AMA-RPS
The Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine is a
committee of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
The Residency Review Committee reviews curriculum and teaching
programs, professional ethical behavior, institutional resources and
responsibilities, research and scholarly activities, and certification
for residents and teaching institutions. The resident member
participates in an annual meeting as a nonvoting member and
representative of the AMA-RPS. The AMA-RPS Governing Council appoints
this resident representative for a 1-year term.
If you are interested in serving in one of these positions, you should
discuss the opportunity with your program director before applying. You
may also want to contact members of the RPS Governing Council to
discuss the position. To apply, send a statement of interest and
curriculum vitae to the AMA Department of Resident Physician Services,
American Medical Association, 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610 or fax
your materials to (312) 464-5845. The application deadline for the
Council on Medical Education is January 8, 1999; the deadline for the
other positions is January 22, 1999. For additional information on the
positions or to contact members of the RPS Governing Council, call the
AMA Department of Resident Physician Services by telephone at (312)
464-4751 or by e-mail at email@example.com.