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AMA-RFS Governing Council Positions and Duties

All Governing Council members are required to attend the AMA Annual and Interim meetings (at least four days each) and four Governing Council meetings (two weekend days each). Additional time commitments are listed below. The Immediate Past Chair and the Chair-Elect are half-year positions and those officers will only be required to attend one AMA meeting and two Governing Council meetings during their term. Learn about current Governing Council members.

General Governing Council Duties

  • Appoint all ad hoc committees with approval of the Governing Council
  • Write and contribute, as appropriate, Governing Council and Section communications
  • Direct the programs and activities of the RFS including the creation of RFScommittees
  • Prepare in writing and communicate orally to his or her successor a description of his or her activities and direction of the position


  • Preside at all meetings of the Governing Council, and otherwise represent the RFS when appropriate
  • Preside at Assembly meetings if the Speaker and Vice Speaker positions are vacant, until a successor is elected
  • Be the primary spokesperson for the RFS both inside the AMA and to outside organizations
  • Have primary responsibility over setting the annual agenda

Vice Chair

  • Preside at meetings of the Governing Council in the absence of or at the discretion of the Chair
  • Assist the Chair in the performance of his or her duties, in particular with implementation of the annual agenda
  • Coordinate internal operations of the RFS such as communication with Councilors, committees, the AMPAC Board member and all advocacy related issues including Lobby Day


  • With input from the Governing Council and AMA staff, create the agenda for the Annual and Interim meetings of the RFS Assembly.
  • Preside over the business meetings of the RFS Assembly in an impartial manner, organize and conduct them in accordance with the current parliamentary procedure authority as chosen by the AMA House of Delegates, AMA Bylaws, and RFS Internal Operating Procedures
  • Provide for oversight and enforcement of the Campaign Rules, including responsibility for investigation of alleged infractions and reporting of actual infractions to the Assembly prior to balloting
  • Organize and lead an orientation for new delegates and alternates at each Assembly meeting
  • Work with the Governing Council in instructing the Convention Committees regarding their duties prior to each Assembly Meeting
  • Refer resolutions and reports submitted for consideration at RFS Assembly business meetings to reference committees
  • Prepare a document summarizing parliamentary procedure used in Assembly business meetings to be published in the RFS agenda book that is mailed to each Assembly representative prior to Assembly meetings
  • Review the RFS Digest of Actions for consistency with Assembly action prior to its annual update and distribution
  • In conjunction with the Vice Speaker, be the primary voice for the interests of the RFS Assembly on the RFS Governing Council

Vice Speaker

  • Preside at meetings of the RFS Assembly during the absence of or at the request of the Speaker
  • Assist the Speaker in the performance of his or her duties
  • In conjunction with the Speaker, be the primary voice for the interests of the RFS Assembly on the RFS Governing Council
  • With assistance from staff, coordinate the AMA-RFS Poster Competition


  • Represent in the AMA House of Delegates members of the Association who are residents and fellows
  • Be responsible for reviewing all resolutions going forward from the RFS to the AMA HOD and summarize the actions of the HOD as they pertain to the RFS and send a summary of pertinent HOD actions to all RFS members
  • Oversee which resolutions shall be forwarded to the House of Delegates

Alternate Delegate

  • The Alternate Delegate shall assist the Delegate in the duties of the Delegate and shall rise to the position of Delegate should the position fall vacant.

Membership and Outreach Officer

  • Coordinate the membership retention activities of the Governing Council
  • Communicate involvement opportunities, AMA member benefits and other opportunities to current or potential resident and fellow members
  • Work to coordinate medical student outreach programs to encourage continued involvement in the AMA as they transition from medical school to residency
  • Assume a collaborative relationship with residents and fellows that have been appointed by the RFS to various Councils and Committees both internally and externally
  • Foster the development of Resident and Fellow Sections in states where none exist and encourage them to send representatives to the AMA-RFS business meetings
  • Serve as the Governing Council liaison to the membership standing committee


  • Assist the other officers in the discharge of their duties
  • Undertake to study the position of Chair in preparation of assuming this role
  • With the assistance of the Chair, compose an agenda for his or her year of service prior to assuming the position of Chair