Advocacy & Policy
Residents make an impact through the AMA policymaking process and advocacy efforts on issues that matter:
Learn more about the RFS Assembly and the AMA policymaking process.
- AMA Public Letter to ACGME on New Duty Hour Regulations (based on AMA-RFS and AMA House of Delegates policy)
- AMA Letter Opposing the Regulation of Duty Hours by OSHA (based on AMA-RFS and AMA House of Delegates policy)
- AMA-RFS Policy Brief: Duty Hours
- AMA Council on Medical Education Report on Resident/Fellow Duty Hours, Quality of Physician Training, and Patient Safety (June 2011)
- AMA Council on Medical Education Report on Resident/Fellow Duty Hours, Quality of Physician Training, and Patient Safety (June 2009)
- The Residents and Fellows Bill of Rights. Created by the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and adopted as official policy by the AMA House of Delegates in 2011, this bill of Rights highlights the basic needs of physicians in training. It was developed utilizing AMA policy related to GME and includes language from the ACGME program requirements. *Note: the AMA is not an accrediting or regulating body for GME and the provision within the Residents and Fellows' bill of rights should not be construed as residency program requirements.
- Benefit Waiting Periods for residency benefits were eliminated with AMA-RFS help. Policy passed in the AMA-RFS and HOD urged the ACGME to eliminate waiting periods for resident and fellow physicians and their families so they could immediately receive health and disability insurance benefits.
- Unsolicited Recruiter Paging. Read letters from the AMA Chief Executive and an article published by American Medical News on this issue.
- AMA Issue Brief: Student exemption to FICA Tax.
UPDATE: The IRS has begun issuing refunds of FICA taxes withheld from former residents’ paychecks between January 1996 and March 2005. Physicians who were completing their residencies during this time should check with their program to determine if it pursued the refund and when they anticipate distributing the payment to former residents.
Equality for GLBT physicians and patients
- IOM Report Published The AMA is cited in the final IOM report on LGBT health, which was published on March 31, 2011. The report is based on IOM hearings that were held in February 2010. At the hearings, the AMA provided testimony on LGBT health issues, research gaps, and opportunities, which can be found here.
- In 2010, the American Medical Association sent letters to Congress and spoke with the Pentagon urging the repeal of the U.S. Military's policy known as "Don't Ask Don't Tell." Subsequently, a Bill was passed that repealed this controversial policy. This successful effort stemmed from the passage of new policy by the AMA-RFS Assembly and HOD in November of 2009. Also, based on this policy, the AMA called for the repeal of this policy in its testimony to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in February, 2010.
- Visit the AMA-RFS GME Financing page for resources, reports and advocacy efforts on student debt repayment and GME funding.
- Government funding for GME is often in jeopardy of being cut or eliminated entirely. Medical students, patients and physicians who are concerned about protecting GME slots to reduce the physician shortage can contact their elected officials through a new website, www.SaveGME.org. The website also contains resources and fact sheets on GME funding and why it is important.
- Critical condition: The call to increase graduate medical education funding. AMA Center for Transforming Medical Education and AMA Advocacy Resource Center.
- RFS Issue Brief: State Children's Health Insurance Program (SCHIP)
- Letter to Rep. Joseph Pitts supporting H.R. 297, the "Children's Hospital GME Support Reauthorization Act of 2013", Jan. 29, 2013
- AMA Testimony to the Institute of Medicine Committee on the Governance and Financing of Graduate Medical Education, December 19, 2012
- Letter to Rep. Crowley supporting H.R. 6562, the "Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2012," October 15, 2012
- The Affordable Care Act: An Important First Step. Read the AMA’s comments on ACA regulations and next steps in healthcare reform. The AMA will continue to work with Congress and the Administration to ensure the best outcomes for patients and physicians. Three of our top goals are to: 1) Eliminate IPAB; 2) Repeal SGR; and 3) Enact Medical Liability Reform.
- AMA-RFS Issue Brief: IPAB
- AMA-RFS Issue Brief: Medical Liability Reform