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Resident Physician Forum
June 16, 1999

Leadership Opportunities for Residents and Fellows

Author Affiliations

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

JAMA. 1999;281(23):2256D. doi:10.1001/jama.281.23.2256

The American Medical Association-Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) Governing Council is seeking applications from resident and fellow physicians for leadership positions on AMA councils and other committees. The resident representatives report back to the Governing Council on items of interest to resident physicians and fellows. The following is a summary of the councils and committees with upcoming vacancies for residents.

The Graduate Medical Education Advisory Committee (GMEAC) is a subcommittee of the AMA Council on Medical Education. The GMEAC reviews the requirements developed by each specialty's Residency Review Committee, assists the AMA Council on Medical Education with GME policy, and discusses other issues related to residency training. The committee meets 3 times each year in Chicago, Ill. The Council on Medical Education appoints the resident member to a 1-year term.

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) prepares and administers qualifying examinations that are widely accepted within both the licensure system for medicine and the medical education system. The NBME currently helps develop the US Medical Licensure Examination (USMLE) and administers Steps 1 and 2 of the USMLE. The AMA-RFS Governing Council appoints the resident member to a 4-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.

Applying for a Position

If you are interested in serving in 1 of these positions, you should discuss the opportunity with your program director before applying. You should also contact members of the RFS Governing Council to discuss your candidacy for 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 for these committees is July 16, 1999. Selections will be made by August 30, 1999. For additional information on the positions or to contact members of the RFS Governing Council, call the AMA Department of Resident and Fellow Services by telephone at (312) 464-4751 or by e-mail at rfs@ama-assn.org.