Residents & Fellows

2019 RFS Annual Meeting highlights

An address by the U.S. Surgeon General, the election of new members of the governing council and education sessions were on the agenda at the 2019 RFS Annual Meeting held June 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Education sessions

The RFS held two dynamic education sessions centered around key resident topics. On Friday June 7, RFS committee members hosted a session, Public Health Practice: Becoming a more involved physician, where a panel of public health experts participated in a discussion on incorporating public health practice into an existing career. Attendees gained a better understanding of current opportunities and resources for additional training to further develop competency in various public health disciplines.

On Saturday June 8, RFS committee members hosted another session, Back in the Black: Personal Finance for the Young Physician, where panelists specifically addressed the difficulty for residents and medical students juggling loan repayments on top of other financial concerns and provided advice on repayment strategies, insurance, sustainable budgeting, retirement planning and more.

U.S. surgeon general

Jerome Adams, MD, U.S. Surgeon General, and longtime AMA member graciously addressed the RFS and discussed his top priorities including the opioid crisis. He also touched on other key public health issues such as the increased use of e-cigarettes among adolescents, the rapid pace of marijuana legalization and the lack of evidence-based research to support medicinal use.

Learn more about his efforts.


The RFS elected several members to governing council positions for the 2019-2020 year.

  • Zarah Iqbal, MD, MPH, vice chair
  • Amar Kelkar, MD, delegate
  • Christopher Libby, MD, MPH, alternate delegate
  • Scott Pasichow, MD, MPH, speaker
  • Theresa Phan, MD, MPH, vice speaker
  • Anna Yap, MD, member-at-large

Section business

The RFS was excited to welcome 130 resident and fellow members to its Annual Meeting including 41 first-time-attendees. These members represented over 35 state and specialty societies. The RFS Assembly considered 21 items of business, including 11 resolutions and 10 reports on a wide variety of advocacy issues, including drug costs and shortages, mature minor consent for vaccinations, faculty protected time and reimbursement, and healthcare coverage and access proposals.

Learn more about theses resolutions and reports.