Actions From the AMA-RFS Interim Meeting. JAMA. 2000;283(5):678. doi:10.1001/jama.283.5.678
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
At its Interim Meeting in December, the American Medical Association-Resident
and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) adopted resolutions and reports concerning medical
education, accreditation of residency programs, licensure, and public health
and safety. The following is a summary of resolutions on licensure and public
health and safety.
National Licensure for Physicians asks the
AMA to study and report on the feasibility and implications of national licensure
for physicians. This resolution generated a great deal of debate among the
delegates. While some felt that telemedicine, Internet consultations, and
managed care have increased the need for physicians to be able to practice
across state lines, others argued that granting licenses should remain the
responsibility of individual states. The RFS Assembly decided that the AMA
should again study this issue.
Reporting Unqualified Residents was a report
prepared by the RFS Governing Council in response to recommendations made
by the Federation of State Medical Boards regarding licenses for resident
physicians. The Federation of State Medical Boards recommendations were discussed
in the February 3, 1999, Resident Physician Forum column. The RFS supported
the recommendations in a report adopted by the AMA House of Delegates at its
1999 Annual Meeting.
Standardization of Emergency Paging Nomenclature
asks the AMA to research the feasibility of developing standardized language
for emergency paging at hospitals. The delegates recognized that the language
used to alert hospital staff to fires, cardiac arrest of a patient, or other
emergencies can vary widely among hospitals and can cause confusion, especially
among physicians who rotate through different hospitals.
Allowing States to Use the Extinguisher asks
the AMA to enable state and county medical societies to reproduce the program
featuring the character of an "Extinguisher" for local antitobacco efforts.
The Extinguisher program uses a costumed "superhero," comic books, and other
materials to teach children and adolescents about the dangers of tobacco use.
The program has been suspended for financial reasons, but the AMA is looking
for ways to restart the program.
Warning Labels on Bungee Cord Products asks
the AMA to notify the Consumer Product Safety Commission of the potential
for eye injuries associated with the use of bungee cords.