AMA-RFS Interim Meeting. JAMA. 1999;282(11):1092. doi:10.1001/jama.282.11.1092
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
The 23rd Interim Meeting of the American Medical Association-Resident
and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) Assembly will be held December 2-4 at the San
Diego Marriott, San Diego, Calif. Residents and fellows from across the country
will meet to create policy on working conditions, educational funding, public
health, and other topics relevant to their training. The AMA-RFS is also planning
an educational session on the TV portrayal of physicians, which will be presented
by writers from the television series ER.
AMA-RFS Assembly delegates must be AMA members in an accredited residency
program or fellowship. Delegates represent state and medical specialty societies
or the uniformed services.
Materials will be sent to state medical societies and to residents who
have attended a meeting in the past year. Attendees can register by mail,
fax, or online through the AMA-RFS Web page at the address listed below. The
preregistration deadline is October 22. Preregistered attendees will be mailed
a copy of the AMA-RFS Meeting Handbook prior to the meeting but those who
register after October 22 must pick up handbooks at the meeting.
Policies considered at the meeting are derived from resolutions submitted
by individual delegates or delegations and from reports developed by the AMA-RFS
Governing Council. Resident delegations should begin researching the resolution
immediately since well-researched and well-written resolutions are more likely
to be adopted. All resolutions must specify whether the AMA or AMA-RFS has
current policy related to the resolution. Resolutions must be received by
AMA-RFS staff through mail, fax, or e-mail no later than October 22. Residents
are encouraged to contact their medical societies or AMA-RFS staff with questions.
On Friday, December 3, the Assembly will get general information about
the meeting events. All resolutions and reports under consideration are referred
to 1 of 2 reference committees, and attendees will be able to testify on the
resolutions in open hearings. Following the hearings, the committees will
develop recommendations on whether to adopt or refer an item of business to
the Governing Council. The committee's recommendations are based on testimony
presented in the hearings and background information provided to the committees.
Attendees can participate in educational sessions and state and specialty
On Saturday, June 19, the Assembly will reconvene to vote on the recommendations
of the reference committees. Resolutions that are adopted may become internal
policy or may be submitted to the AMA House of Delegates for further consideration.
Residents are encouraged to attend the House of Delegates Interim Meeting,
December 5-8, to provide testimony in reference committees and monitor debate
on resident issues being considered by the House.
Delegates at the AMA-RFS Interim Meeting will elect a resident to the
position of 1999-2000 Governing Council chair. In addition, reference and
credentials committees and House of Delegates testimony coordinators will
be appointed prior to the Interim Meeting.
Contact the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services at (312)
464-4751, fax (312) 464-5845, or the Web site
at http://www.ama-assn.org/rfs, or send e-mail