First Call for the AMA-RFS Annual Meeting. JAMA. 2000;283(10):1351. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1351
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
The 24th Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association Resident
and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) Assembly will be held June 8-10 at the Chicago
Hilton and Towers, Chicago, Ill. With 34,000 members, the AMA-RFS is the largest
organization of residents and fellows in the country.
Delegates to the AMA-RFS Assembly will meet to create policy on graduate
medical education funding, working conditions, public health, and other key
topics. Delegates must be AMA members currently in an accredited residency
program or fellowship.
Materials will be mailed to 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. Attendees
who register by April 28, 2000, will be mailed a copy of the AMA-RFS Meeting
Handbook prior to 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. Residents and their delegations should begin researching
resolutions immediately because 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 no later than April 28. Residents needing assistance
with writing or researching a resolution should contact their medical societies
or AMA-RFS staff.
On Friday, June 9, the Assembly will be presented with 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 at open hearings. Following the hearings, the reference
committees will develop recommendations on whether to adopt, not 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. On Friday, attendees will also be able to participate
in educational sessions and state and specialty caucuses.
On Saturday, June 10, the entire 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 Annual Meeting, June 11-15 to provide testimony in reference committees
and monitor debate on resident issues being considered by the House.
Delegates at the AMA-RFS Annual Meeting will elect a resident to the
positions of 2000-2001 Governing Council Vice Chair, Secretary, Delegate,
Alternate Delegate, and 2 Members-at-Large. In addition, reference and credentials
committees and House of Delegates testimony coordinators will be appointed
prior to the Annual Meeting. Information on any of the forgoing positions
will be included in the registration materials.
For more information on the Annual Meeting, contact the AMA Department
of Resident and Fellow Services at (312) 464-4751; fax (312) 464-5845 or send
e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Web site address
for meeting information is http://www.ama-assn.org/rfs.