New Leadership Award for Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows. JAMA. 1999;282(22):2182C. doi:10.1001/jama.282.22.2182
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of
Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation has initiated a new
award that recognizes the leadership accomplishments of medical students,
residents, and fellows. One of the objectives of the AMA Foundation Leadership
Award program will be to encourage the country's brightest and most energetic
medical students, residents, and fellows to continue to develop their leadership
skills within organized medicine. As part of the award, 25 medical students
and 25 residents or fellows will receive travel, accommodations, and registration
for the AMA National Leadership Development Conference on March 25-28, 2000,
at the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel in Miami, Fla.
Award recipients will be selected on the basis of their having demonstrated
strong nonclinical leadership in medical arenas, civic organizations, and
community service organizations. Applicants should also have an interest in
further developing their leadership skills within organized medicine. Applicants
must obtain approval to attend the leadership conference from their residency
program director or medical school dean. The application must include descriptions
of the applicant's leadership experience and a letter of recommendation from
someone who has observed the applicant's leadership work.
Applications for the AMA Foundation Leadership Award must be postmarked
by December 27, 1999. Interested medical students and residents or fellows
can obtain application materials and additional information on the AMA's Web
site at http://www.ama-assn.org/rfs or
by calling the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services at (312) 464-4751.
The importance of health care in society, combined with the changes
occurring throughout health care and the health system, underscores the need
for informed leaders. The medical leaders of the future are medical students
and residents, and it is critical that they are aware of the transitions that
will affect their careers.
The 2000 National Leadership Development Conference, entitled "Is it
Good Medicine? A Call to Lead; A Challenge to Serve," provides a forum for
discussing the political, economic, and social environment surrounding medicine
and the characteristics required of an effective medical leader. The AMA sponsors
this annual conference to bring together hundreds of national leaders from
government, organized medicine, and health-related organizations.
The scheduled keynote speaker is Tom Peters, PhD, author of In Search of Excellence. The conference will also offer a full-day
program sponsored by the AMA and Intel Corporation entitled "The Internet
Health Road Show." This program teaches physicians about the latest Internet
technologies and introduces them to Web sites that can be useful to their
practices and to their patients. In addition, the conference will include
breakout sessions on a variety of topics such as writing speeches, giving
media interviews, building effective teams, managing medical practices, understanding
the role of medical associations, and building physician collegiality. Additional
breakout sessions will be offered for medical students and residents.
Residents, fellows, and medical students can register for the National
Leadership Development Conference for a discounted fee of $75. An online registration
form and additional information is available at http://www.ama-assn.org/about/wemeet.htm or by calling the AMA at (800) 262-3211.