Cogle C. Make a Difference: Serve on the RFS Governing Council. JAMA. 2000;283(11):1490. doi:10.1001/jama.283.11.1490
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of
Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
If you are a resident or fellow physician and a member of the AMA, you
have a great opportunity to influence AMA policy and help implement initiatives
for residents by serving on the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) Governing
Council. At the council's Annual Meeting, held June 8-10 in Chicago, Ill,
we will elect the RFS Governing Council for 2000-2001. In addition to providing
an opportunity to work on issues of concern to residents and fellows, serving
on the RFS Governing Council offers an enjoyable opportunity for professional
Governing Council members are required to attend the AMA Annual and
Interim Meetings (at least 4 days each) and 4 Governing Council meetings (2
weekend days each) and to represent the RFS at various other meetings. The
additional responsibilities of each position are listed below.
The Vice Chair is liaison to the resident representatives to AMA Councils
and Committees and assists the chair with management of the RFS.
The Secretary is responsible for general communications to the RFS,
including summaries of all meetings and communications at the Annual and Interim
The Delegate and Alternate Delegate present and coordinate testimony
and advocate before the AMA House of Delegates for policies that benefit residents.
They analyze topics under discussion by the AMA to identify issues important
to residents and they summarize actions taken by the House of Delegates.
The 2 Members-At-Large run special projects (such as community service
projects) for the RFS and act as the primary liaisons to resident representatives
from state and specialty societies.
If you would like to discuss any of these positions, please contact
me or another member of the RFS Governing Council through the AMA Department
of Resident and Fellow Services (DRFS). You might want to contact your state
and specialty societies for assistance with your campaign. A booklet, Tips on Running a Successful Campaign, is available from
the DRFS. To register for the Annual Meeting and submit your application,
send a statement of interest and a curriculum vitae to the DRFS by April 28.
An overview of the schedule of events for the 2000 Annual Meeting was
provided in last week's Resident Physician Forum. For additional information
on the Annual Meeting or on the RFS Governing Council, please contact the
DRFS at (312) 464-4751; fax (312) 464-5845 or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Applications are available on the
Web at: http://www.ama-assn.org/mem-data/special/rps/amarps/elecapp.htm.