Rainey C. Serve on the Resident and Fellow Governing CouncilServe on the Resident and Fellow Governing Council. JAMA. 1999;281(13):1238. doi:10.1001/jama.281.13.1238
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of
Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
If you are a resident or fellow physician and a member of the
American Medical Association (AMA), you have a great opportunity to
influence AMA policy and help implement initiatives for residents by
serving on the Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Governing Council. At
our Annual Meeting, June 17 through 19, 1999, in Chicago, Ill, we will
elect the RFS Governing Council for 1999-2000. In addition to working
on issues of concern to residents and fellows, serving on the RFS
Governing Council offers the opportunity for professional growth and
can be fun to do.
Governing Council members are required to attend the AMA Annual and
Interim Meeting (at least 4 days each), 4 Governing Council meetings (2
weekend days each), and to represent the RFS at various other meetings.
The additional responsibilities of each position are listed below.
The Vice Chair is the liaison to the resident representatives to
AMA councils and committees and assists the chair with management of
The Secretary is responsible for general communications to the RFS,
including summaries of all meetings, and communications at the annual
and interim meetings.
The Delegate and Alternate Delegate present and coordinate
testimony and advocate at the AMA House of Delegates for AMA policy
that benefits residents. They analyze the topics the AMA has under
discussion and identify those issues of importance to residents and
then summarize the actions taken on those issues by the House of
The 2 Members-At-Large run special projects (such as
community service projects) for the RFS and act as the primary liaisons
to resident representatives from state and specialty societies.
If you are interested in any of these positions, please do the
following: (1) contact the undersigned or another member of
the current RFS Governing Council to discuss your interest in the
position (you may reach us through the AMA Department of Resident
and Fellow Services [DRPS]); (2) obtain a copy of "Tips
on Running a Successful Campaign" from the DRPS; (3) contact your
state and specialty society to ask them for assistance with your
campaign; and (4) register for the Annual Meeting and submit your
application form, statement of interest, and a curriculum vitae to the
DRPS by April 30.
Contact the DRPS for more information on the Annual Meeting or on
the RFS Governing Council at (312) 464-4751; fax (312) 464-5845, or
send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are
available on the DRPS Web site at