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AMA Leadership and Involvement Opportunities for Physicians

As an AMA member, there are many ways for you to get involved and become a leader. Review the listing of opportunities below to find out more about specific position requirements, application deadlines and relevant contact information. (This listing was created by AMA Resident and Fellow Section Staff, please contact us at rfs@ama-assn.org with any questions.)

Opportunities for:

Medical Students

Visit Opportunities for Medical Students for a complete, detailed listing of all leadership and involvement positions at the AMA for medical students. For questions, contact Helen Polansky at mss@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4746.

Resident and Fellow Physicians

Visit Opportunities for Resident and Fellow Physicians for a complete, detailed listing of all leadership and involvement positions at the AMA for resident and fellow physicians. For questions, contact the RFS staff at rfs@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4978.

Academic Physicians

Each year the AMA solicits recommendations from various sources for possible appointment/nomination to a variety of organizations that reflect the AMA's continuing responsibilities in medical education. Organizations include the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and its Residency Review Committees, the American Board of Medical Specialties and its member boards, the National Board of Medical Examiners, Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, and others. Recommendations for appointment/nomination are reviewed by the Council on Medical Education's Nominating Committee, which in turn forwards its recommendations to the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT) for final decision. To view the positions, visit the Medical Education Opportunities website. Contact Evelyn Sherrill, evelyn.sherrill@ama-assn.org. with any questions.


For additional positions specific to medical school faculty, please see the listing below, entitled "Medical School Faculty Members."

Medical School Deans and Faculty

Any AMA member with a faculty appointment to a US-accredited medical school may elect to be a member of the Section on Medical Schools (SMS)--learn more and join now. SMS representatives, from each LCME- and AOA-accredited medical school, consist of the dean or the dean's designate, and each dean may appoint up to four institutional representatives, each of whom may represent undergraduate, graduate or continuing medical education at the institution. Also, learn about and apply for leadership opportunities on the SMS Governing Council. Contact Fred Donini-Lenhoff with any questions.

Physicians in Group Practice Settings

The Integrated Physician Practice Section (IPPS) advises the AMA Board of Trustees on policy matters relating to group and faculty practices. The section consists of representatives from 11 group and faculty practices throughout the United States. The Section meets two times each year to discuss policy matters and activities that bear directly on group and faculty practice plan physicians. For more information about serving on the section visit the Integrated Physician Practice Section (IPPS) website. Contact Carrie Waller carrie.waller@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4546 with any questions.

Medical Staff Members

How to Apply. The American Medical Association Organized Medical Staff Section (AMA-OMSS) provides a direct and ongoing relationship between the AMA and medical staff organizations. The Section debates issues and develops policy that influences the complex and rapidly changing environment within which our nation's hospitals and other delivery systems operate. Membership in the Section is limited to physicians, including residents and fellows, selected or elected by their medical staffs. The physician members of the medical staff of each hospital and delivery system may elect one or more representatives to the business meeting of the AMA-OMSS. Additionally, the AMA-OMSS's Governing Council is responsible for directing the business, educational programs and activities of the OMSS. Descriptions of the positions and information on how to get involved within the OMSS are available on the OMSS Leadership Opportunities and Responsibilities page. For more information or questions, please contact Katie Tinney at kathryn.tinney@ama-assn.org or 312-464-5450.

Physicians New to Practice and Physicians under 40

Apply here. The Young Physicians Section (YPS) focuses on the concerns of those physicians under 40 years of age or within the first eight (8) years of professional practice after residency and fellowship training. The YPS Governing Council (YPS GC) is responsible for directing the programs and activities of the YPS. GC involvement includes attending the AMA Annual and Interim meetings (at least four days each) and one GC meeting (two weekend days), various conference calls and regular email communication. The YPS also has a representative on each of the AMA's Board of Trustees, Women Physicians Congress, Minority Affairs Consortium and GLBT Advisory Committee. Descriptions of the positions and information on how to apply are available on the YPS Leadership page. Contact the YPS staff at yps@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4750 for more information.

Retired and Senior Physicians

Apply here. The Senior Physicians Group (SPG) Governing Council is a seven-member group appointed by the AMA Board of Trustees. The purpose of the group is to support projects of interest to the senior physician community, including continued communication with your colleagues, advocacy on behalf of senior physician issues, and ongoing development of member benefits and activities. To find out more about serving on the commitee, visit the SPG website. Contact Alice Reed at alice.reed@ama-assn.org or 312-464-5523 with any questions.

International Medical Graduate Issues

Apply here. The International Medical Graduates Section Governing Council (IMG GC) is responsible for directing the programs and activities of the IMG. GC involvement includes attending the AMA Annual and Interim meetings, staffing IMGS committees, attending meetings as requested, various conference calls and regular email communication. Descriptions of the positions and information on how to apply are available on the IMG Leadership page. Contact Carolyn Carter-Ellis at carolyn.carter-ellis@ama-assn.org or at 312-464-5397 with any questions.

Women Physician Issues

Apply here. The AMA Women Physicians Congress (WPC) Governing Council is comprised of four elected at-large positions, one appointed position by the American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA), and three appointed representatives from various AMA sections. Visit the WPC leadership page for details. Contact Cynthia Norwood at cynthia.norwood@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4743 for more information.

Physician Diversity and Minority Health Issues

Apply here. The MAC Governing Council represents a diversity of physicians and organizations committed to addressing the concerns of physicians and patients from underrepresented minority groups. There are nine members of the Council: two at-large elected members; one elected delegate to the AMA House of Delegates; and six members who are appointed to represent, respectively, the Association of American Indian Physicians, National Hispanic Medical Association, National Medical Association, and the Medical Student, Resident and Fellow, and Young Physician sections. Visit the MAC leadership page for more information about the positions. For questions, contact Abu Muhammad at abu.muhammad@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4335.

GLBT Issues in Medicine

Apply here. The AMA Advisory Committee on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) Issues enhances AMA policy, advocacy and education on GLBT concerns, and provides a forum for involvement, mentoring and networking for GLBT physicians and medical students. For information on the committee and available positions, visit the GLBT website. Contact Helen Polansky, helen.polansky@ama-assn.org or 312-464-4746 with any questions.

USAN Council and USAN Review Board

The USAN Council (USANC) is the FDA-recognized nomenclature agency responsible for the selection of nonproprietary (generic) names for all synthetic and biologic single-entity drugs marketed in the United States. The USANC is composed of five members who are appointed for one-year terms.  Members are eligible to succeed themselves up to a maximum of 10 years. Positions:  One member from AMA, one member from APhA, one member from USP, one member from FDA, one member-at-large. The chair is selected from amongst the five members. The USANC members are chemists, pharmacologists, pharmacists and medical doctors, with additional specialties in the drug regulatory process.  The nominees to the USANC must have an interest in drug nomenclature and the requisite background

The USAN Review Board (USANRB) was created to resolve disagreements between pharmaceutical manufacturers and the USANC. The board is comprised of six members who are appointed for one-year terms.  Members are eligible to succeed themselves and have unlimited tenure. Positions:  two AMA representatives, two APhA representatives, two USP representatives. The chair is selected from amongst the six members.  The USANRB members are chemists, pharmacologists, pharmacists, attorneys and doctors.  They must have an interest in drug nomenclature and the requisite background. The USANC and USANRB nominees undergo the same application process as other AMA Councils (see below). For additional information on how to serve, visit the USANC and USANRB websites or contact helene.biernacki@ama-assn.org.

AMA Foundation

The mission of the AMA Foundation is to improve the health of Americans through philanthropic support of quality programs in public health and medical education. A minimum of three board meetings are held each year. Each Board member will serve on at least one committee and may be asked to serve on committees focusing on specific issues. The majority of the committee meetings will be conducted by teleconference and some may take place on-site. All Board members are also expected to actively participate in the fundraising process. Interested in serving on the board? Visit the AMA Foundation website for details on how to apply. For additonal information, contact AMA Foundation Staff at 312-464-4218 or via email at annie.sanchez@ama-assn.org.

AMA Councils

Visit the Council Nomination page for details on how to serve on an AMA Council. Download the nomination form here. Following is a brief description of each of the Councils and a link to their websites:

Council on Constitution and Bylaws
The AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws serves as a fact-finding and advisory committee on matters pertaining to the AMA Constitution and Bylaws.

Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs
The Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (CEJA) maintains and updates the AMA Code of Medical Ethics. Through its reports, CEJA analyzes timely issues confronting physicians and the medical profession.

Council on Long Range Planning & Development
The Council on Long Range Planning and Development has a key role in identifying and making recommendations to the AMA Board of Trustees regarding important strategic issues and directions related to the AMA's vision, goals, and priorities.

Council on Medical Education
The Council on Medical Education (CME) formulates policy on medical education by recommending educational policies to the AMA House of Delegates, through the AMA Board of Trustees.

Council on Medical Service
The Council on Medical Service (CMS) recommends AMA policies and actions for consideration by the AMA House of Delegates on the socioeconomic factors that influence the practice of medicine.

Council on Science and Public Health
The Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH) reports on medical, public health, and scientific issues that affect the practice of medicine, the public health system, the quality of patient care, and the translation of scientific research into patient treatment.

AMA Board of Trustees Positions

The AMA Board of Trustees directs the vision and direction of the AMA. The AMA Board of Trustees ensures that the AMA remains focused on its essential reason for being: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. For information on upcoming vacancies on the AMA Board, visit the Board Terms and Tenure Page.