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Resident Physician Forum
August 25, 1999

Resident and Fellow Section Adopts Policies on Residency Training

JAMA. 1999;282(8):802C. doi:10.1001/jama.282.8.802

At its Annual Meeting in June, the American Medical Association-Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS) discussed 16 resolutions and 1 report on such topics as resident licensure, student loans, residency accreditation requirements, and public health and safety. The following are actions taken on resolutions and reports directly related to graduate medical education and residency training.

Collective negotiations and house staff organizations called on the AMA to immediately implement a national negotiating organization for resident physicians and employed physicians who are legally authorized to bargain collectively. This organization will not be affiliated with an existing national labor union, will not engage in strikes or any other actions that could substantially affect the well-being of patients, and will follow the AMA Principles of Medical Ethics. We will update readers as more information about this issue develops.

Drafting Laws Restricting Resident Work Hours asks the AMA-RFS Governing Council to recommend appropriate actions when work hours are inappropriate. The AMA Council on Medical Education is conducting a survey of resident work hours and will report its findings by December 1999. The Governing Council will review this report when considering recommendations.

The RFS Assembly discussed 2 resolutions regarding student loans. Loan Payback Taxation in Shortage Areas asks the AMA to use current bills in the Senate and House of Representatives to achieve federal tax exemption of income received from loan repayment programs. These programs pay off the medical student loans of physicians who practice in underserved areas. The second resolution,Student Loan Deferment, asks the AMA-RFS to work with appropriate organizations to develop a grassroots campaign that will educate federal legislators on the expanding burden of medical education debt. The goal of the campaign will be to achieve deferment of medical student loans throughout residency and fellowship training.

Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database asks the AMA-RFS Governing Council to study and prepare a report on appropriate methods of collecting and disseminating subjective information on residency training programs.

The RFS adopted 2 resolutions calling for studies of the graduate medical education accreditation process. Enforcement of Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Requirements asks the AMA to study and report on methods, in addition to probation and withdrawal of accreditation, that ACGME could use to enforce its institutional requirements and Residency Review Committee program requirements. Dissemination of ACGME Actions on Accreditation of Residency Programs asks the RFS Governing Council to study and report on how the ACGME handles complaints against residency programs and the actions taken when a complaint is found to be an egregious violation of ACGME requirements.

RFS Response to Federation of State Medical Boards Recommendations on Licensure asks the AMA-RFS to advocate that successful completion of 1 year of postgraduate training in an accredited residency program, as certified by the resident's program director, is sufficient to obtain an unrestricted medical license. The resolution also asks the AMA-RFS to oppose state medical board oversight of medical students and to work with the AMA to promote AMA and RFS policies concerning training requirements for an unrestricted medical license. This topic was discussed in greater detail in the February 3, 1999, Resident Physician Forum.