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Resources and Benefits for Residents

The following are some of the many resources and benefits available to you as one of more than 30,000 members of the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (AMA-RFS).

  • Residency Vacancies: Locate programs seeking residents & fellows and employers seeking physicians.
  • Residency Work Environment Learn about duty hour guidelines, reporting duty hour violations, Graduate Medical Education funding, resident income and debt relief,physician recruiter practices and much more.
  • Visit the AMA-RFS Contracting page for tools to help you negotiate the best contract possible. Resources include: Model employment agreements that provide thorough descriptions of basic contract terms typically found in agreements, as well as in-depth explanations of the significance of such provisions and language that benefits the physician employee.
  • Succeeding From Medical School to Practice: AMA's exclusive resource dedicated to helping you succeed personally and professionally; learn about financial management, contract negotiation, practice management/private payer issues, Medicare, etc.
  • Visit the AMA-RFS Handoffs page for resources on effective handoff techniques.
  • Affinity Programs: Get AMA negotiated discounts on products and services. Check back on occasions since the AMA is continuing to expand these offerings.
  • International Opportunities- Ensuring appropriate health care for all individuals is a preeminent concern for all physicians. The AMA-RFS is committed to providing its members with information about exciting opportunities for expanding their medical experience, including residency rotations overseas.
  • Public Health Resources - Covers a variety of important topics, including health disparities, disaster response, obesity assessment and management, infectious disease, adolescent health, dementia, geriatrics, etc.
  • Resident and Fellow Section Listserv - Stay informed of all advocacy initiatives, awards, grants, internships, and leadership opportunities.
  • AMA Wire - Read up on issues that are written by and important to residents and fellows.
  • FREIDA Online - A database with over 8,400 graduate medical education programs accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education and ABMS Board-approved combined specialty programs.
  • AMA MedEd Update - This free monthly e-mail newsletter, covering a wide range of issues affecting graduate medical education, is a popular source of news and information for its 14,000 readers.

Award, Grant and Internship Opportunities

  • Legislative Awareness Internship Program - The AMA-RFS Legislative Awareness Internship Program offers residents and fellows the opportunity to participate in the political process of organized medicine at the national level. Two residents/fellows are selected to participate in a two-week internship at the AMA's Washington, DC office. A $1,000 stipend is offered to help defray costs.
  • Seeking Public Office: AMPAC Political Education Programs Can Help - The Candidate Workshop and Campaign School, held for over 20 years, provide unmatched political training for physicians and other friends of medicine who are interested in either seeking public office themselves or in working to elect other friends of medicine.
  • Jordan Fieldman Award - The AMA-RFS offers the Jordan Fieldman Award to a first time delegate or attendee who seeks future participation in the RFS, enthusiastically endorses the ideals of advocacy and activism as exemplified by Dr. Fieldman, and possesses meritorious qualifications and the highest level of moral character. This award funds the awardee's travel and attendance to the Annual and Interim Meetings.
  • Policy Promotion Grant Program - The program awards grants of up to $500 to residents and fellows to aid with projects and activities that promote or encourage AMA policy.

Leadership Development

  • AMA-RFS Governing Council - The Governing Council is composed of seven residents and fellows who meet four times a year to establish the Section's work plan, implement policy initiatives, and establish programming for the Assembly meetings.
  • AMA-RFS Assembly Meetings - The Section has two Assembly meetings per year in which policies are debated and established. The Assembly consists of 150 resident/fellow delegates from state and specialty associations from around the country.
  • Sectional Delegate and Alternate Delegate Positions - RFS Sectional Delegates and Alternate Delegates are given full voting privileges in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). Responsibilities include caucusing with your endorsing society, assisting the RFS Delegate and Alternate in representing the Resident and Fellow members of the AMA in the HOD, and reporting back to the resident and fellow section of their state or specialty endorsing society regarding the activities of the AMA HOD. The term is one year.
  • Standing Committees - The RFS has several standing committees for members to join. The committees deal with issues such as membership, marketing, grassroots legislative efforts, educational initiatives, public health issues, and long range planning.
  • Additional Leadership Positions - The AMA-RFS Governing Council solicits nominations for more than 20 leadership positions for resident and fellow physicians, including the National Resident Matching Program, Council on Medical Education, Council on Science and Public Health, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education, and many more.