Actions From the AMA-RPS Interim Meeting. JAMA. 1999;281(3):282. doi:10.1001/jama.281.3.282
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
Physician Services, American Medical Association.
Last week's Resident Forum presented the resolutions and reports
pertaining to graduate medical education adopted by the American
Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) at its
Interim Meeting in December. This week we present the adopted
resolutions and reports pertaining to public health and other topics.
Regulation of Herbal Preparations asked the AMA to
encourage efficacy studies on dietary supplements and to advocate for
the federal Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to be modified
to require that companies that produce dietary supplements meet several
criteria before marketing the supplements. These criteria include
receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) preapproval for
evidence of safety, meeting the US Pharmacopeia criteria for
dosage, quality, purity, packaging, and labeling, and meeting the FDA
postmarketing requirement that adverse effects of the supplements be
reported to the FDA.
Guidelines on the Protection of Pregnant Health Care Workers and
Their Fetuses from Exposure to Potential Infectious/Teratogenic
Agents asked the RPS to support the development of these guidelines
to protect pregnant women in health care workplaces.
National Standardization of Preparticipation Screening and
Examination of High School Athletes asked the AMA to encourage
dissemination of current American Heart Association guidelines
regarding preparticipation screening and examination of high school
Physician in the Capitol/Statehouse Program asked the AMA-RPS
to review state programs that encourage interaction between legislators
and individual physicians. The RPS Governing Council will present a
report on these programs at the RPS Annual Meeting in June.
Prohibit Misuse of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Numbers
asked the RPS to encourage legislation that mandates that a
physician's DEA number be used only to prescribe controlled
substances. The resolution also asked the AMA to encourage insurance
companies, pharmaceutical companies, and state Medicaid programs to use
AMA's medical education number in lieu of the DEA number for other
purposes that require a physician identification number.
At the Interim Meeting, the RPS Assembly elected Chris Cogle, MD, as
its chair for 1999-2000. The RPS also endorsed Liana Puscas, MD, for
the position of resident trustee on the AMA Board of Trustees.
Dr Cogle is in his second year of an internal medicine residency at the
University of Florida in Gainesville. He received his bachelor of
science in medical sciences and doctor of medicine degree from the
University of Florida. Dr Cogle served as chair of the AMA's Medical
Student Section in 1996-1997 and has been chair of the Florida Medical
Association RPS since 1997.
Dr Puscas is in her third year of an otolaryngology–head and
neck surgery residency at the University of Southern California in Los
Angeles. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine
and has been involved in organized medicine since her first year of
medical school. She is also the Member-at-Large for
Membership of the California Medical Association Resident Physician
Section Governing Council and serves on the Resident Task Force for the
Los Angeles County Medical Association.