Assembly Process and Procedures
Assembly Meeting Overview
There are 2 major ways in which business generally is introduced to the Resident and Fellow Section Assembly: reports and resolutions. Both are deliberated in reference committee hearings prior to their introduction on the assembly floor for a vote. The RFS Assembly is officially opened for business once the quorum count has been presented and met and the "Rules of Order" have been adopted.
Proof of AMA membership must be made available to the credentials committee if a representative attempting to credential as a delegate is listed as a nonmember by the AMA Division of Membership.
Rules of Order
The Representative Assembly of the RFS follows standard rules of order when conducting official business meetings.
All candidates will have their names placed in nomination at a time during the business meeting and under conditions determined by the chair.
Developing Sound Policy
The Resident and Fellow Section Assembly follows 3 criteria to arrive at sound policies:
- Is the proposed matter feasible? (Can it be done?)
- Is it advisable? (Should it be done?)
- Is it efficient? (What is the cost-benefit ratio?)
Writing a Resolution
Through the Resident and Fellow Section, an idea can become a resolution which, by majority vote of the assembly, may become national policy that has the weight of the RFS, and in some cases the AMA behind it.
Learn more about how to write a resolution.
Late Resolution Process
The rules committee reviews late and emergency resolutions and makes recommendations to the assembly.
A resolution is considered late if it is submitted after the resolution deadline but 7 days prior to the assembly meeting being called to order. The rules committee will make a recommendation to the assembly as to whether the late resolution should be considered for business. Late resolutions approved for consideration by the assembly will be referred to the reference committee.
A resolution is considered an emergency resolution if it is submitted within 7 days of the meeting or after the meeting has been called to order. The rules committee will make a recommendation to the assembly as to whether the emergency resolution should be considered for business. Emergency resolutions approved for consideration will be debated on the floor of the assembly without referral to the reference committee.
Read more about late and emergency resolutions (PDF).