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Leadership Opportunities

Position titles marked with an asterisk (*) below are now accepting applications. Look for deadline dates in the body of the descriptions.

Not sure how the AMA works or where to start to get involved? Access the AMA-RFS leadership guide.

RFS Governing Council Chair-Elect *

Deadline: Not accepting applications until Fall 2014

Apply today! Become a leader on the AMA-RFS Governing Council. In this position, you will learn from the current Governing Council chair how to set agendas, lead governing council meetings, represent the section at outside events, and work with staff to accomplish the goals and objectives of our members and the section. Other responsibilities of chair-elect include assisting other officers in the discharge of their duties and ensuring that the transition for the governing council is fluid when you assume chair. The chair-elect has a two-year commitment: six months as chair-elect, one year as chair and six months as immediate past chair.

RFS Sectional Delegates and Alternates*

Deadline: Not accepting applications until Fall 2014

Apply today! Represent resident and fellow physicians in the AMA House of Delegates. Become a leader that has a direct impact on the policies of the AMA for resident and fellow members by applying for an AMA-RFS delegate or alternate delegate position. As an AMA-RFS delegate or alternate delegate, you will caucus with your endorsing society, testify on important issues, and assist the AMA-RFS Governing Council delegate and alternate delegate with representing the voice of residents and fellows in the AMA House of Delegates. Fourteen sectional delegates and fourteen alternate delegates will be elected to one-year terms.
Candidates who submit their applications and provide proof of society endorsement by the deadline will have their names highlighted on the voting ballot to signify their existing endorsement. Please also send a CV with a photo of you if you have one.

RFS Assembly At-Large Delegate*

Deadline: Now accepting applications - Deadline March 31, 2014

Apply today! A limited number of At-Large Delegate positions are available for any AMA-RFS members to take part in AMA-RFS Annual and Interim Meetings. These unfunded positions have full voting and speaking rights in the RFS Assembly, and applicants have the option of choosing a term that lasts for one meeting (Interim or Annual) or for the full academic year. AMA members can apply for these positions if they have not received delegate endorsement from their state or specialty society because of:

  • Relocation due to a transition from medical school to residency
  • Relocation due to a transition from Residency to Fellowship
  • Being a first-time attendee
  • Being a direct AMA member (not involved at the state or specialty society levels)

RFS Governing Council Positions

Deadline: April 21, 2014

Become involved with the RFS at the highest level. Apply for a position on the AMA-RFS Governing Council (GC)! The RFS GC is responsible for directing the programs and activities of the RFS. 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. Descriptions of each position are located in the IOP. The term for these positions is one year. Applications are currently being accepted for:

  • Vice-Chair
  • Delegate
  • Alternate Delegate
  • Speaker
  • Vice-Speaker
  • Member-at-Large

Standing Committees

Deadline: June 30, 2014

Help further the mission of the AMA-RFS by applying to serve on a Standing Committee. Apply to serve on one of these seven committees (descriptions of each committee can be found on the application):

  • Committee on Scientific Research
  • Membership Committee
  • Council on Long Range Planning
  • Public Health Committee
  • Legislative Advocacy Committee
  • Committee on Medical Education
  • Committee on Business and Economics

The term is one year, and Standing Committees are appointed by the AMA-RFS Governing Council.

Resident Position on AMA Board of Trustees

Deadline: Not accepting applications until Fall 2014

Become the next resident/fellow member of the AMA Board of Trustees. The Board has ultimate responsibility for setting Association priorities, and for making decisions regarding how to allocate the Association's financial resources. Also among its responsibilities are interpreting and implementing policies established by the House. All applicants must fill out the RFS BOT Application, and those seeking RFS Assembly endorsement must fill out the RFS Endorsement Application as well.

The AMA-BOT consists of nineteen members, including designated positions for a public member, young physician, resident physician, and a medical student. The Speaker and Vice Speaker serve as ex officio, non-voting members. Each candidate for the Board of Trustees must be nominated by a member of the House of Delegates. Trustee elections are held at the Annual Meeting. Those seeking endorsement from the RFS Assembly must fill out both applications. Only the endorsement application will be incorporated into the Assembly handbook.

Resident Position on AMPAC

Deadline: April 14, 2014

Application
The Resident and Fellow Section representative will serve a two-year term on this 12 member committee. Applicants are reviewed by the AMA-RFS Governing Council and send nominations to the AMA Board of Trustees who appoint the position. The AMA created AMPAC in 1961 to strengthen the cause of organized medicine by making campaign contributions to medicine friendly candidates running for the US House or Senate. AMPAC has expanded its focus to include maximizing political education and political participation of physicians and medical students, through the AMPAC Candidate's Workshop and AMPAC Campaign School, for example.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Legislation

Deadline: February 7, 2014

Interested in advocacy? The AMA Council on Legislation (13 members) reports to the Board of Trustees and reviews federal legislation to ensure consistency with AMA policy. This group also reviews AMA legislative issues, recommends changes to federal legislation or policy, anticipates future federal legislative needs and develops model legislation for states. The term is one year with an eight-term maximum, and is selected by the Board of Trustees.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Long Range Planning and Development

Deadline: Not accepting applications until 2015

Apply today! The Council on Long Range Planning and Development sets the course of the AMA as an organization. It makes recommendations on issues such as membership and finance, and it evaluates other AMA planning activities. This is a three-year position chosen by the Speaker of the House.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Medical Service

Deadline: Not accepting applications until 2015

Apply to be the next RFS member of the Council on Medical Service (CMS)! The CMS was formed, in large part, due to growing concerns over proposed changes as to how health care services should be delivered and financed in the United States. By establishing the Council, the AMA committed itself to a new body that would have clear, nonscientific goals. Today, the Council continues to actively undertake studies and present policy recommendations to the House of Delegates. All applicants must fill out the RFS CMS Application.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Constitution and Bylaws

Deadline: Now accepting applications until 2015

Apply today to serve on the AMA Council on Constitution & Bylaws, a fact-finding and advisory committee that recommends changes in the AMA's constitution and bylaws as determined to be appropriate by the House of Delegates.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs

Deadline: Not accepting applications until Fall 2014

Apply today! CEJA has original jurisdiction in all questions involving the Principles of Medical Ethics of the AMA, as well as the constitution, bylaws, and rules of the Association. The Council investigates unethical behavior, conflicts, or complaints from the AMA, specialty societies, and state societies. Terms are three years in length.

Resident Position on AMA Council on Medical Education *

Deadline: Not accepting applications until 2016

Apply today for the resident/fellow seat on the Council of Medical Education. This position helps to ensure that undergraduate, graduate, and continuing medical education will equip physicians to meet the ever-advancing scientific and clinical challenges of health care. This Council also reviews and develops educational policy for the Board of Trustees and House of Delegates, proposes nominees for appointments to national governing bodies, and maintains active liaisons with these groups. The term is three years with a two term maximum. This position is elected by the House. Those seeking endorsement from the RFS Assembly must fill out both applications. Only the endorsement application will be printed in the Assembly handbook.

Resident Position on the AMA Council on Science and Public Health

Deadline: Not accepting applications until 2017

The mission of the Council on Science and Public Health, formerly referred to as the Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA) is to assure the position of the AMA as the national leader in advancing the science of medicine as the primary mechanism for improving the quality of patient care, enhancing medical progress, and enhancing the health of the public. CSA consists of eleven active members of the AMA, one of whom is a Resident. These members of the Council are elected by the House of Delegates.

Resident Position on ACGME Board

Deadline: April 14, 2014

Application
The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) is composed of the AMA, American Hospital Association, Association of American Medical Colleges, Council of Medical Specialty Societies, American Board of Medical Specialties, a resident physician and a representative from the government and two members from the public. This organization accredits more than 6,000 residency programs throughout the United States. The Council meets three times per year and establishes general performance parameters for programs, as well as approving specific accreditation recommendations of the residency review committees. This is a two-year position.

Resident Position on GLBT Advisory Committee

Deadline: Not accepting applications until Fall 2015

Application

Become more involved in the field of GLBT health by applying for the Resident seat on the GLBT Advisory Committee The Advisory Committee meets twice per year, in conjunction with the Annual and Interim Meetings of the House of Delegates.  The committee advises the AMA Board of Trustees and Association on issues affecting GLBT physicians, students, and patients and helps develop strategies, programs and policies to better serve this important segment. The GLBT Advisory Committee consists of seven (7) members appointed by the Board of Trustees, and the term is two years in length with a two-term maximum.

Resident Position on AMA Women Physicians Section

Deadline: January 31, 2014

Application

The AMA Women Physicians Section (WPS) promotes advocacy and understanding of women's health issues. Resident and fellow members are eligible to apply for this slotted seat on the WPS Governing Council. The WPS meets three times a year.  The applicant nominated by the RFS Section will be placed on the ballot for election by current WPS members. This is a two-year term.

Resident Position on AMA International Medical Graduates Section Governing Council

Deadline: Not accepting applications until 2015

Apply today!
The Resident representative serves as a voting member of the International Medical Graduates (IMG) Section Governing Council. The IMG Section represents and advocates for International Medical Graduates within the AMA. All resident and fellow members are eligible to apply for this slotted seat on the IMG Governing Council for a resident or fellow physician. The term of this position is 2 years.

Resident Position on AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council

Deadline: February 7, 2014

Application
The AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS) promotes education and advocacy on minority health issues and works to increase diversity in AMA membership and leadership. All resident and fellow members are eligible to apply for this slotted seat on the MAS Governing Council for a resident or fellow physician. The appointed representative will serve a two-year term.

Resident Position on ACGME Residency Review Committee for Internal Medicine

Deadline: Not accepting applications until TBD

To apply, send the following items to rfs@ama-assn.org:

  • CV
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Statement of support from program director
  • Letter outlining your educational goals, professional interests and intent to serve, if selected.

The Resident Member participates as a full voting member in all Residency Review Committee of Internal Medicine activities, including program review and policy discussion. The Resident Member is subject to the same confidentiality, conflict of interest, duality of interest, and fiduciary responsibility policies of the other members. Resident members must be able to devote 30-35 hours to program review before each Review Committee meeting.

The Resident Member is also a member of the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR). The CRCR is comprised of the Resident Members of each Review Committee. As part of the ACGME governance structure, it is a very important Council for the ACGME because it provides valuable input and feedback to the ACGME Board concerning resident matters, GME, and accreditation. The CRCR meets twice a year.