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Resident Physician Forum
January 20, 1999

Actions From the AMA-RPS Interim Meeting

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1999;281(3):282. doi:10.1001/jama.281.3.282

Last week's Resident Forum presented the resolutions and reports pertaining to graduate medical education adopted by the American Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) at its Interim Meeting in December. This week we present the adopted resolutions and reports pertaining to public health and other topics.

Regulation of Herbal Preparations asked the AMA to encourage efficacy studies on dietary supplements and to advocate for the federal Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act to be modified to require that companies that produce dietary supplements meet several criteria before marketing the supplements. These criteria include receiving Food and Drug Administration (FDA) preapproval for evidence of safety, meeting the US Pharmacopeia criteria for dosage, quality, purity, packaging, and labeling, and meeting the FDA postmarketing requirement that adverse effects of the supplements be reported to the FDA.

Guidelines on the Protection of Pregnant Health Care Workers and Their Fetuses from Exposure to Potential Infectious/Teratogenic Agents asked the RPS to support the development of these guidelines to protect pregnant women in health care workplaces.

National Standardization of Preparticipation Screening and Examination of High School Athletes asked the AMA to encourage dissemination of current American Heart Association guidelines regarding preparticipation screening and examination of high school athletes.

Physician in the Capitol/Statehouse Program asked the AMA-RPS to review state programs that encourage interaction between legislators and individual physicians. The RPS Governing Council will present a report on these programs at the RPS Annual Meeting in June.

Prohibit Misuse of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Numbers asked the RPS to encourage legislation that mandates that a physician's DEA number be used only to prescribe controlled substances. The resolution also asked the AMA to encourage insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, and state Medicaid programs to use AMA's medical education number in lieu of the DEA number for other purposes that require a physician identification number.

RPS Elections

At the Interim Meeting, the RPS Assembly elected Chris Cogle, MD, as its chair for 1999-2000. The RPS also endorsed Liana Puscas, MD, for the position of resident trustee on the AMA Board of Trustees.

Dr Cogle is in his second year of an internal medicine residency at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He received his bachelor of science in medical sciences and doctor of medicine degree from the University of Florida. Dr Cogle served as chair of the AMA's Medical Student Section in 1996-1997 and has been chair of the Florida Medical Association RPS since 1997.

Dr Puscas is in her third year of an otolaryngology–head and neck surgery residency at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. She graduated from the University of Miami School of Medicine and has been involved in organized medicine since her first year of medical school. She is also the Member-at-Large for Membership of the California Medical Association Resident Physician Section Governing Council and serves on the Resident Task Force for the Los Angeles County Medical Association.