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Resident Physician Forum
March 8, 2000

First Call for the AMA-RFS Annual Meeting

Author Affiliations

Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 2000;283(10):1351. doi:10.1001/jama.283.10.1351

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.

Resolution Submissions

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.

Schedule of Events

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.

Elected and Appointed Positions

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 gloria_robertson@ama-assn.org. The Web site address for meeting information is http://www.ama-assn.org/rfs.