Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows. JAMA. 2000;284(1):104. doi:10.1001/jama.284.1.104
Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident
and Fellow Services, American Medical Association.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.