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July 22/29, 1998

The National Consortium of Resident Physician Organizations' 1998 Annual Forum

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

JAMA. 1998;280(4):392B. doi:10.1001/jama.280.4.392
The National Consortium of Resident Physician Organizations' 1998 Annual Forum

The National Consortium of Resident Physician Organizations (NCRPO) sponsors an annual forum for leaders of resident physician organizations. This year's forum, "Residency Training: Here Today, Gone Tomorrow?" will explore managed health care's effects on graduate medical education. The forum will be held on Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27, 1998, at the Hyatt Regency, Crystal City, Arlington, Va.

The NCRPO is an umbrella organization of resident leaders from academic medical centers, medical specialty organizations, state medical societies, and other interested residency training groups. Its mission is to encourage development and dialogue among resident physician organizations with the goal of allowing resident members to share educational, leadership, and personal experiences through the annual forum. The forum is sponsored by the Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) of the US Department of Health and Human Services.

Saturday's program will consist of several educational sessions. C. Earl Fox, MD, MPH, Assistant Surgeon General and Administrator, HRSA, will deliver the keynote address on Saturday afternoon. He will describe how changes in the health care marketplace are affecting the delivery of graduate medical education by medical schools, hospitals, and residency training programs. On Saturday morning, attendees will be presented with ideas on how residents can form action-oriented partnerships to improve education and patient care at their institutions. Speakers for the Saturday morning session include Charles Aswad, MD, Executive Vice President, New York State Medical Society; Steven Sharfstein, MD, MPA, CEO, Sheppard Pratt Hospital, Baltimore, Md; and Steven Smith, MD, MPH, Associate Dean for Medical Education, Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI. Attendees will also hear a discussion about how the resident work environment affects patient care and whether further improvements are needed in this area. This discussion will be led by David Duncan, author of Residents: The Perils and Promise of Educating Young Doctors, and Bertrand Bell, MD, Professor, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, NY, and chair of the Bell Commission, which recommended that teaching hospitals in New York State regulate the working hours of resident physicians.

In Sunday's sessions, congressional staffers and staff from various medical societies will teach residents effective lobbying techniques and how to influence public policy on the federal, state, and local levels. On Monday, meeting participants will have the opportunity to practice these new skills by visiting their elected representatives on Capitol Hill.

Residents can apply for the Fitzhugh Mullan, MD, Award for Outstanding Resident Physician Leadership, which will fund one resident's travel to the annual forum. The award recognizes a resident physician who has demonstrated a commitment to the welfare and advancement of all residents through participation in organized medicine. The award is named after the former director of the Bureau of Health Professions. To apply, send a short essay on any topic, a detailed curriculum vitae, and one letter of recommendation by August 7, 1998, to: NCRPO, PO Box 13726, Silver Springs, MD 20911-3726.

For more information on the NCRPO or its Eighth Annual Forum, visit our Web site at or contact Sharon Haddock at Earl Moore & Associates Inc, at the address listed above or by telephone at (301) 495-7808.