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Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
Physicians Services, American Medical Association.
Residents have many questions to ponder regarding their future professional
lives. What will medical practice look like? Will I be gainfully employed?
What professionals, in addition to physicians, will be assisting me with patient
care? How will I be able to place my patients before productivity and financial
demands? Can I keep up with the onslaught of new medical information and technology?
Each year the National Consortium of Resident Organizations (NCRO) sponsors
a forum for resident leaders from across the nation. The 1999 Forum, entitled
Residents 2000: Training, Education and Practice, will attempt to answer some
of the questions listed above. The forum will explore the future of US medicine
by examining physician workforce issues and graduate medical education funding.
It will be held September 25-26 at the Doubletree Hotel in Arlington, Va.
The NCRO is an umbrella organization of resident leaders from academic
medical centers, specialty societies, state medical societies, and other groups
interested in residency training. Its mission is to encourage development
and dialogue among resident physician organizations with the goal of allowing
resident members to share educational, leadership, and personal experiences.
The forum is sponsored by the Health Resource and Services Administration
of the US Department of Health and Human Services.
Saturday's program will consist of several educational sessions. Richard
A. Cooper, MD, director of the Health Policy Institute at the Medical College
of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, will deliver the keynote address "The Changing Healthcare
Workforce." John Eisenberg, MD, MBA, director of the Agency for Health Care
Policy and Research, will share his vision of medicine's future. Representative
Ben Cardin, congressman from Maryland and Gail Wilensky, PhD, chair of the
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission, will discuss graduate medical education
funding. The afternoon session will focus on competition and collaboration
with other medical professionals. It will feature a panel discussion with
a variety of health care professionals.
Sunday's sessions will focus on life after residency. Steve Miller,
MD, executive vice president of the American Board of Medical Specialties,
will discuss board certification. Murray Kopelow, MD, executive director of
the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, will suggest ways
to keep up with medical developments. Representatives from the Cochrane Collaboration
will discuss how evidence-based medicine will affect the way physicians practice.
Sunday's session will also include a general business meeting
and election of the 1999-2000 officers. In addition, the winner of the 1999
Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Award for Outstanding Resident Physician Leadership will
be announced. The award, which funds the winner's travel expenses to the annual
forum and provides a $500 honorarium, recognizes a resident physician who
has demonstrated a commitment to the welfare and advancement of all residents
through participation in organized medicine. For more information on this
award, please call the NCRO at (440) 230-1020. For more information on the
NCRO or its Ninth Annual Forum visit the Web site at http://www.cochrane.org; telephone (301) 495-7808; fax (301) 495-9772.