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Resident Physician Forum
July 5, 2000

Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 2000;284(1):104. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.104

The American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) is recruiting resident and fellow physicians to fill several leadership positions. The resident representatives report to the AMA-RFS Governing Council on items of interest to resident and fellow physicians. The following is a summary of agencies with upcoming vacancies for residents.

The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is the nationally recognized accrediting agency for more than 7000 residency training programs in the United States. It meets 3 times per year to establish general performance parameters for residency programs and to approve specific academic recommendations made by its residency review committees. The AMA-RPS Governing Council appoints the resident member to the ACGME to a 2-year term.

The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs has original jurisdiction in all questions involving the AMA's principles of medical ethics, constitution, bylaws, and rules. The Council also resolves questions involving membership and conflicts between 2 or more state associations or their members. The resident is nominated by the president of the AMA and elected by the House of Delegates to a 3-year term.

The American Medical Political Action Committee (AMPAC) Board of Directors solicits donations from AMA members and contributes to the campaigns of politicians who make and influence health care legislation. AMPAC also encourages physicians to become involved in political campaigns and to seek public office by offering educational programs through its Campaign Management School and the National Political Education Conference. The AMA Board of Trustees appoints the resident member to a 2-year term.

The Resident Observer to the International Medical Graduate (IMG) Section Governing Council serves as a nonvoting participant at IMG Section Governing Council meetings. The IMG Section represents and advocates for IMGs within the AMA. The AMA-RFS Governing Council appoints the resident member to a 1-year term.

The RFS Electronic Communications Committee advises the RFS Governing Council on the RFS Web site, e-mail, and other areas of communication and information technology. The committee members will communicate electronically to discuss issues. The AMA-RFS Governing Council appoints the resident member to a 1-year term.

Applying for a Position

If you are interested in serving in any of these positions, you should first discuss the opportunity with your program director. You may also want to contact members of the RFS Governing Council to discuss the position. To apply, send a statement of interest and curriculum vitae to the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services, American Medical Association, 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610. You can also fax your materials to (312) 464-5845. The application deadline is July 14, 2000. For additional information on the positions or to contact members of the RFS Governing Council, call the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services at (312) 464-4751 or contact us by e-mail at gloria_robertson@ama-assn.org.