AMA-RPS POLICY PROMOTION GRANTS. JAMA. 1999;281(11):1042. doi:10.1001/jama.281.11.1042
Prepared by Gloria Robertson, Department of
Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
In 1992, the AMA-RPS instituted a Policy Promotion Grant program that
was endorsed by the AMA's House of Delegates. The program awards
grants of up to $500 to resident and fellow physicians who initiate, or
are involved in, projects that further AMA policy. Grants were recently
awarded to the following participants.
Suzanne J. White, MD, was awarded a grant to help develop a day camp
for asthmatic children. Together with the American Lung Association of
Central California, Dr White organized Camp Discovery, where children
were taught how to prevent asthmatic episodes through environmental
controls, to minimize the severity of attacks by responding to early
warning signs, to understand and adhere to their prescribed therapy,
and to help them express their needs to peers, parents, and health care
personnel. Approximately 25 children between the ages of 6 and 10 years
participated in the 1-week program.
Sue Sisley, MD, was awarded a grant to help underwrite the expense of
producing and performing a play entitled The Think It Through
Review. The script emphasizes sexual abstinence and teaches
adolescents about the risks of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted
diseases. The play was performed at numerous middle schools, churches,
and community events throughout Arizona. After each performance, the
audience was given an opportunity to ask questions. Videotapes of the
play are available through the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow
Richard Pan, MD, was awarded a grant to help sponsor a
Legislative Education Workshop for medical students, resident
physicians, and other young physicians. The workshop's goals are to
teach practical skills for effectively communicating
with legislators and to encourage residents and students to get
involved in legislative advocacy. It included a panel discussion of
legislative issues in Massachusetts and role-playing sessions on
meeting with legislators. Panelists included Sen Mark Montigny and Rep
Srihari Gopal, MD, was awarded a grant to help fund a biannual
health fair for indigent patients in Houston, Tex. Patients received
blood pressure, cholesterol, glucose, and depression screenings at no
cost. Dr Gopal also set up a display table to promote organ donation.
Any resident or fellow physician interested in initiating a
project that will further any AMA policy set forth in the AMA
Policy Compendium can apply for a grant. Residents must complete an
application and include relevant support documentation. Applications
are available from the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services
by mail at 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, telephone at (312)
464-4751, or e-mail at email@example.com.
A committee consisting of 7 AMA staff members and 1 resident physician
reviews the applications. Applications must be endorsed by the state
medical society in which the applicant resides. Grant checks are sent
to the state medical society, which dispenses funds to the appropriate
organization. (Grant checks cannot be made out to individual
residents.) Grant recipients are required to submit a program
evaluation to the AMA after completing the program.
Contact Gloria Robertson of the AMA-RFS at (312) 464-5529 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions regarding
the Policy Promotion Grant program.