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Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) Leadership Opportunities

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The Resident & Fellow Section (RFS) is now accepting applications for several leadership positions. Apply today to represent resident and fellow physicians. Please note that you can apply for more than 1 position, but make sure to submit an application form for each position you are interested in. All applications are due Feb. 16, 2018.

Council on Ethical & Judicial Affairs (CEJA)

CEJA maintains and updates the Code of Medical Ethics and promotes adherence to the Code’s professional ethical standards. Under AMA’s Constitution and Bylaws, CEJA is charged with evaluating the fitness of physicians for membership in the AMA. The appointee serves a 3 year term from June 2018 through June 2021.

Council on Legislation (COL)

COL reviews proposed federal legislation and recommends appropriate action in accordance with AMA policy. COL also recommends changes in existing AMA policy when necessary to accomplish effective legislative goals and recommends to the Board of Trustees new federal legislation and legislation to modify existing laws of interest to the AMA. The appointment is a 1 year term from June 2018 through June 2019.

FDA-AMA Resident Elective Rotation Program

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement (PASE) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is offering 4 week elective rotations for AMA medical student and resident members. The top ranking 2 residents will receive a stipend from the AMA as well as an opportunity to meet with AMA staff at the D.C. office.

During the rotation, the interns will be assigned to a preceptor, a medical officer at CDER, and work directly with their preceptor on issues related to drug development, drug review and drug safety. They will also have the opportunity to learn about FDA’s regulatory activities and its role in enhancing collaboration with health care professionals, patients and patient advocacy groups. The start date is flexible, but the rotation must be completed in 2018.

International Medical Graduates Governing Council

The International Medical Graduates Section (IMGS) assists graduates who attended offshore medical schools by covering issues and topics of interest to international medical graduates. The RFS Governing Council will nominate one applicant for consideration by the IMGS. The appointment is a 2 year term from June 2018 through June 2020.

Minority Affairs Section Governing Council

The Minority Affairs Section (MAS) addresses the issues of underrepresented physicians and improving the health of minority populations. The RFS Governing Council will nominate 1 applicant for consideration by the MAS. The appointment is a 2 year term from June 2018 through June 2020.

National Board of Medical Examiners

The National Board of Medical Examiners serves the public through its assessments of health care professionals. It comprises 80 members, including up to 2 representative members of the RFS. These appointments may last up to 4 terms lasting 1 year, from June 2018 through June 2022.

RFS Standing Committee

Participating in an RFS standing committee is a great way to get involved with the RFS. All committee leaders will have regular contact with the vice chair of the RFS Governing Council (GC), and will provide semi-annual reports to the GC and to the entire RFS.

The term for this position is 1 year. Applications are currently being accepted for:

  • Committee on Long Range Planning
  • Committee on Medical Education
  • Committee on Membership
  • Committee on Legislation and Advocacy
  • Committee on Scientific Research
  • Committee on Public Health
  • Committee on Business and Economics
  • Committee on Quality and Patient Safety

To learn more about each committee, visit the standing committees page.

Surgical Caucus Executive Committee

The Surgical Caucus of the AMA provides a forum at each meeting of the House of Delegates (HOD) for discussion and recommendations concerning professional and socioeconomic issues of interest to surgeons. The Surgical Caucus Executive Committee manages the affairs of the Caucus. The appointment to the executive committee is a year-long term from June 2018 through June 2019.

Women Physicians Section Governing Council

The Women Physicians Section (WPS) works to increase the influence of women physicians in leadership roles and advance women’s health. The RFS Governing Council nominates 2 applicants for consideration by the WPS. Successful nominees will proceed to the WPS elections at the 2018 Annual Meeting. The appointment is a 2 year term, June 2018 through June 2020.

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Board of Trustees

Represent resident and fellow physicians on the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) Board of Trustees. ACGME is responsible for accreditation of most graduate medical training programs in the United States. The appointment is to a 2 year term from September 2018 through September 2020.

Learn more about the RFS leadership structure and process.

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