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Leadership Opportunities

Applying for Leadership Positions

Applications for leadership opportunities are considered complete when all materials associated with applying for the position are received by the RFS by the posted deadline. The materials usually require (in addition to the application) a statement of interest, CV, and signed statement that the applicant has reviewed the AMA Conflict of Interest Policy and Principles. Incomplete applications may not be considered. The process of how these positions are filled varies depending on the position.

Access the AMA-RFS leadership guide for more information on AMA’s system of governance and policymaking process.

Please send all application material to rfs@ama-assn.org by September 19, 2016 at midnight CST.

Council on Science and Public Health

The Council on Science and Public Health (CSAPH), formerly the Council on Scientific Affairs, works to represent the AMA's core belief that scientific evidence is the basis for improving the quality of patient care, promoting medical progress and enhancing the health of the public. The council prepares reports on a wide range of public health and medical issues. Council members represent the full spectrum of the medical and public health continuum, bringing diverse expertise to their recommendations to the AMA House of Delegates.

Nomination form

Council on Medical Education

The AMA Council on Medical Service serves a very specific and important role within the AMA by studying and evaluating the social and economic aspects of medical care and suggesting means for the timely development of services in a changing socioeconomic environment.

Nomination form

Board of Trustees

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.

Nomination form


Preside at all meetings of the RFS Governing Council, and otherwise represent the RFS when appropriate. Preside at Assembly meetings if the speaker and vice speaker positions are vacant, until such time that a successor may be elected. Be the primary spokesperson for the RFS both inside the AMA and to outside organizations. Have primary responsibility over setting the annual agenda.

Nomination form

Sectional Delegate

All candidates for RFS Sectional Delegate or Alternate Delegate must be resident and fellow members of the AMA prior to campaigning or running for the position. Any resident and fellow member of the AMA is eligible to be nominated to be an RFS Sectional Delegate or Alternate Delegate. In order to enter his or her materials into the RFS handbook, a resident or fellow must obtain written endorsement from his or her constituent society or specialty organization prior to the posted deadline for printing handbook election materials.

Nomination form

At-Large Delegate

Active resident/fellow physician members of the AMA may be eligible to serve as at-large representatives to the Resident and Fellow Section Business Meeting.

Reasons for applying should include one of the following:

  1. First time attendee; or 
  2. Relocation due to a transition period; or
  3. State or specialty does not send representatives to the RFS Assembly or does not have an RFS Section; or
  4. Candidate is a direct AMA member

Nomination form

Convention Committees

Credentials Committee
A 3- to 9-member credentials committee shall be composed, ideally, of one member per region as defined in RFS Internal Operating Procedures and one chair. The committee shall be responsible for consideration of all matters relating to the registration and certification of delegates including credentialing delegates for business meetings, verifying a quorum is present and distributing ballots for elections.

Rules Committee
A rules committee shall be composed of 5 at-large members. The committee shall review late and emergency resolutions and make recommendations to the RFS Assembly on whether or not to consider them as business of the assembly. The rules committee shall also be familiar with the Rules of Order such that they can assist residents throughout the business meeting. The rules committee shall also collect and tabulate ballots for RFS elections and count hand votes during the business meeting as requested by the speakers.

Reference Committee
The number and membership of reference committees appointed for each RFS Assembly meeting will be determined by the speakers prior to each meeting. Each reference committee shall be composed of five members and one alternate unless, in the judgment of the speakers, circumstances warrant an adjustment in the number of members on one or more reference committees. Each committee shall conduct an open hearing on items of business referred to it (resolutions and reports), and make recommendations to the assembly for disposition of its items of business through the preparation of reference committee reports for consideration by the RFS Assembly.

Hospitality Committee
A hospitality committee shall be composed of at least 3 members. This committee shall have the responsibility of aiding the speakers and Governing Council in providing an as member-friendly experience as possible for attendees of the conference.

Logistics Committee
A logistics committee shall be composed of 3 to 5 at-large members. The committee shall be responsible for aiding the assembly in performing those tasks to make the business of the assembly most readily available to the assembly. This shall include, but not be limited to, aiding with the use of computers to project amendments and actions for the assembly's viewing, and for an assembly delegate's ease.