The Importance of Participating in the AMA

RFS Voices


November 2015
McKinley Glover, MD, ACR RFS vice chair, explains why he got involved in the AMA and why residents need to have a voice in the future of medicine.

What is your current role in the AMA and how does your position help shape AMA policy?

I have the honor to serve as speaker of the AMA Resident and Fellow Section this year. As a member of the governing council, I preside over the RFS Assembly business meetings in accordance to parliamentary procedure and the AMA bylaws. There are two meetings per year (in November and in June), which are designed to provide educational programming and to conduct the business of the section. The RFS meetings occur immediately prior the AMA House of Delegates Meeting.

One of the many endeavors of the AMA RFS is that of policy creation. RFS committees generate reports, and any constituent can submit a resolution to the assembly. The RFS adopts policies that are often forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates. Through this mechanism, residents and fellows have a significant voice in influencing AMA policies.

As speaker, I serve as an impartial steward to the AMA RFS, providing a fair and equal voice to all members. I also help the organization conducts its business efficiently and within the organizational rules. It can be challenging at times, but it's extremely rewarding to work with talented residents and fellows from across the country.

Why is it important that radiologists actively participate in the AMA?

There are so many reasons radiologists should be involved in the AMA. First, many issues within health care require collaboration and consensus among all physicians, regardless of specialty. For example, the repeal of the sustainable growth rate in 2014 was a monumental collaborative effort in which the AMA played an important advocacy role.

As physicians and members of the health care team, radiologists add value to and derive benefit from participating in the AMA. It's important for our non-radiology colleagues to know that radiologists are engaged and ready to collaborate to improve the health and wellness of patients and physicians.

Lastly, the AMA also provides an amazing opportunity for networking with physician colleagues from a variety of specialties and locations.

How can members of the RFS get more involved in the AMA?

Any resident or fellow who is a member of the AMA can attend the interim and annual meetings. Outside of these two large meetings, the RFS has a number of committees (e.g. business and economics, public health, and legislative advocacy) that work to address issues facings residents and fellows across the country. Additionally, any member can submit a resolution that has the potential to become AMA policy. The easiest way is to become a member online and attend the next meeting. Connecting with your state medical society is another great way to get involved with the AMA. Anyone interested in learning more or getting involved should This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

By McKinley Glover, MD, department of radiology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School in Boston

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