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AAPM&R RFTPC Seeks Resident Member for ACGME-RFTPC Liaison

How does the nomination process work?

  1. Interested residents will complete the online nomination submission form. Please see the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) qualification specifications below.
  2. Once the nominations close, the Resident and Fellow-in-Training Physician Council (RFTPC) Nominating committee will agree on a slate of 3 candidates.
  3. The slate of candidates will be presented to the AAPM&R Board of Governors for approval.
  4. The final slate of candidates will be sent to the ACGME for selection.
  5. All nominees will be contacted regarding the nomination in September pending the decision of the ACGME.

What are the official term dates?

July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2019

What does this position entail?

During the 6 months before the term begins, each new member participates in an orientation process. This includes:

  • Observing a Review Committee meeting.
  • Participating in the formal New Member Orientations, usually held in May.
  • Each member signs an agreement to:
    • Support ACGME policies and follow ACGME procedures.
    • Give priority to attending meetings.
    • Agree to the number of meetings, the workload, and other tasks associated with membership. 
    • Be evaluated on his/her performance by the other members of the Review Committee and ACGME senior staff, which is shared with the appointing organization.

Members sign an agreement committing to their responsibilities and to comply with ACGME policies and procedures. The member agreement relates to Fiduciary Duty, Conflict and Duality of Interest, and Confidentiality. Members of a Review Committee (RC) may not act for or on behalf of the Committee or the ACGME without explicit authorization by the ACGME. This does not preclude Review Committee members from reporting on general committee activities to appropriate organizations.

Qualifications of the Resident Member

Any interested AAPM&R resident members (PGY1-4) may apply. Nominees must be enrolled in a residency or fellowship program at the time of the appointment, and may not serve more than 1 year beyond completion of residency or fellowship. The term of the resident member is 2 years. Upon completion of a 2-year term, the resident member may not be appointed again to the same RC. Resident representatives must not be from the same state or institution as another member of the RC. Therefore, residents from the following institutions/states cannot apply for this position:

UC Davis Health System
Sacramento, CA

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Cente
Cincinnati, Ohio

Department of Veterans Affairs
Long Beach, CA

University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

University College of Osteopathic Medicine
East Lansing, MI

VA Salt Lake City Healthcare System
Salt Lake City, UT


Responsibilities of the Resident Member

The resident member of the RC participates as a full voting member in all RC activities, including program review and policy discussion. The resident member is subject to complying with the same confidentiality, conflict of interest, duality of interest, and fiduciary responsibility policies of the other members. Resident members must be able to devote 15-20 hours to program review before each RC meeting.

The resident member is also a member of the ACGME Council of Review Committee Residents (CRCR). The CRCR is composed of resident members of each RC, and is an important part of the ACGME because it provides valuable input and feedback to the ACGME Board of Directors about matters related to residents, graduate medical education, and accreditation from the resident perspective. The CRCR meets twice a year; dates are listed below.

Note: It is the responsibility of the program director of the resident member’s residency or fellowship to ensure that the resident will have the necessary time to review programs, attend RC and CRCR meetings, and participate in activities of the RC and the ACGME as is required for RC members. If a nominee is in his/her final year of residency and is planning to enter fellowship, a letter of support from the fellowship program director must be provided. While this nomination is for a term that officially begins July 1, 2017, the resident/fellow will start activities 3 months prior to that start date in order to observe 1 CRCR and RC meeting.

Learn more about the RC for PM&R, as well as the ACGME here. Policies and Procedures for RCs are located in the ACGME Manual of Policies and Procedures located in the ‘Graduate Medical Education (Policies)’ section of the website.

Completed applications, including a personal statement, letter of support, and curriculum vitae, must be received by the extended date of July 22, 2016.