Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013
Register now for meeting; leadership deadlines near
Registration is now open for the 2013 Interim Meeting of the AMA's Resident and Fellow Section (RFS). The meeting will be held Nov. 14-16 in National Harbor, Md., just outside Washington, D.C. The agenda includes policymaking, networking sessions, educational programming and the annual AMA Research Symposium showcasing research from hundreds of medical students, residents and fellows from around the country.
For more than 25 years, the AMA-RFS has set policies that have directly impacted national legislation and the actions of regulating bodies. The AMA-RFS policy process gives you the power to create change and is one of the most unique and powerful privileges of membership. There are a variety of ways for residents and fellows to participate and take on leadership roles in the AMA-RFS at the upcoming Interim Meeting:
Convention committee applications: Volunteer to serve on one of the AMA-RFS' four convention committees (Reference Committee, Credentials Committee, Rules Committee and Hospitality Committee). This is a great opportunity for new members and newly transitioning members to meet the section!
Submitting resolutions for the AMA-RFS Assembly: Be part of the AMA-RFS policymaking process by submitting a resolution. The deadline for resolutions is Oct. 11. Resolutions can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.
AMA-RFS Governing Council chair-elect: 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 members and the section. The chair-elect has a two-year commitment: six months as chair-elect, one year as chair and six months as immediate-past chair. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.
AMA-RFS sectional delegates and alternates: Represent resident and fellow physicians in the AMA House of Delegates. Become a leader who 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. The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.
AMA-RFS Assembly at-large delegate: 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 AMA-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, or being a direct AMA member (not involved at the state or specialty society levels). The deadline for applications is Oct. 1.
N.J. bets loan forgiveness will keep physicians in state
New Jersey's Senate Education Committee recently passed a bill that would forgive student loans for physicians who work in underserved areas of New Jersey for at least 10 years, reports NJ.com. The committee hopes the measure will encourage physicians to stay in the state after training and ease New Jersey's physician shortage.
The bill is sponsored by State Sen. Robert Singer and based on recommendations from a 2010 report of the New Jersey Council of Teaching Hospitals, which predicts the state will be short 2,800 family physicians and specialists by 2020 unless they make the state a more appealing place in which to practice.
"By providing these incentives we can attract more doctors to needed specialties and assure New Jersey residents aren't left with insufficient care," State Sen. Singer said. The Council's report cited loan forgiveness as a "top factor" physicians consider when choosing where to practice.
New Jersey is hoping to mimic the success experienced by New York, which started a loan-repayment program that awarded $11 million to physicians in needed specialties to repay school loans in exchange for a five-year commitment to work in underserved communities.
The AMA's Graduate Medical Education (GME) Financing Resource Page includes some of the other loan repayment options that are available to you during and after your GME training.