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Resident Forum
March 18, 1998

First Call for the AMA-RPS Annual Meeting

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

JAMA. 1998;279(11):814AK. doi:10.1001/jama.279.11.814

The 22nd Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) Assembly will be held June 12 and 13 at the Swissotel, Chicago, Ill. The AMA-RPS has nearly 35000 members and is the largest organization of residents in the country. Residents and fellows from across the United States will meet to create policy on the collective negotiations by residents, graduate medical education funding, public health, and other topics.

Delegates to the AMA-RPS Assembly must be AMA members currently in an accredited residency program or residency fellowship. Resident delegates represent their state and medical specialty societies or the uniformed services; 201 residents representing 31 states and territories, 22 specialty societies, and 2 uniformed services attended the 1997 Annual Meeting.

Registration.—Residents who have attended a meeting in the past will be mailed registration materials. These materials will also be mailed to state medical societies. Residents and others can register by mail, fax, or online through the AMA-RPS web page at the address listed below. The preregistration deadline is May 1; preregistered attendees will be mailed a copy of the AMA-RPS meeting handbook prior to the meeting. Registration will continue after May 1; however, those who register after that date must pick up their handbooks at 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-RPS Governing Council. If a resident delegation is interested in submitting a resolution, the AMA Department of Resident Physician Services encourages the delegation's members to begin researching the resolution now. All resolutions must specify whether or not the AMA or AMA-RPS has current policy related to the resolution. Well-researched and well-written resolutions have a better chance of being understood and adopted by the Assembly. Resolutions for consideration at the meeting must be received by AMA-RPS staff by mail, fax, or e-mail no later than May 8. Residents with questions about writing or researching a resolution are encouraged to contact their medical societies or AMA-RPS staff.

Schedule of Events.—On Friday, June 12, the Assembly will convene and 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 in open hearings. Following the hearings, the reference committees will meet to 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 13, 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 14 through 18, to provide testimony in reference committees and monitor debate on resident issues being considered by the House.

Elected and Appointed Positions Available.—Delegates at the AMA-RPS Annual Meeting will elect a resident to the positions of 1998-1999 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 above positions will be included in the registration materials.

For further information on the Annual Meeting, contact the AMA Department of Resident Physician Services at (312) 464-4751; fax (312) 464-5845, or send e-mail to The Web site address for meeting information is