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Resident Forum
December 2, 1998

Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

Author Affiliations

Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physician Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1998;280(21):1884E. doi:10.1001/jama.280.21.1884

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 society.

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 Governing Council.

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.

Applying for a Position

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 gloria_robertson@ama-assn.org.