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AMA-RPS Policy Promotion GrantsApplying for a Policy Promotion Grant FREE

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Prepared by Ashish Bajaj, Department of Resident Physicians Services, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1998;279(8):568AJ. doi:10.1001/jama.279.8.568.
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In 1992 the American Medical Association-Resident Physicians Section (AMA-RPS) instituted a Policy Promotion Grant program that was endorsed by the AMA's House of Delegates. The program awards grants of up to $500 to resident and fellow physicians who initiate, or are involved in, projects that further AMA policy. A project description of recently awarded grants is listed below.

Building the Foundation

Timothy Reeder, MD, was awarded a grant to help sponsor an educational program entitled Building the Foundation: Financial Management and Career Planning for Residents and Fellows. The program presented attendees with information on choosing between different types of medical practices, evaluating insurance needs, managing student loans, and analyzing employment contracts. Nearly 50 residents and fellows attended the program.

Bolivia 1997

Vincent Grasso, MD, was awarded a grant to help the expense of shipping equipment for a 10-day medical mission to Tarija, Bolivia. Dr Grasso and other physicians distributed medical supplies, provided care to the town's residents, and instructed local physicians in laparoscopic techniques and postoperative care. The project was sponsored by several medical and humanitarian organizations including Ayudamos Inc, which Dr Grasso founded.

Antitobacco Essay Contest

Amber Chatwin, MD, was awarded a grant to support and promote the AMA-RPS national antitobacco essay contest "Smoking Is Not for Me" in the state of New York. The contest encourages sixth through eighth graders to think about the dangers of smoking. The funds will be used to award prizes to the best entries in New York. The top entrant will be forwarded for national judging.

Doctor's Day Fair

Karen Underwood, MD, was awarded a grant to set up a display booth promoting bicycle safety at the Doctor's Day Fair at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. Dr Underwood and other resident physicians showed an educational video, distributed safety brochures and bicycle reflectors, and held a raffle for bicycle helmets. Over 300 children and their parents visited the booth.

Any resident or fellow physician interested in initiating a project that will further any AMA policy set forth in the AMA Policy Compendium can apply for a grant. Residents must complete an application and include relevant support documentation. Applications are available from the AMA Department of Resident Physicians Services at 515 N State St, Chicago, IL 60610, by telephone at (312) 464-4751, or by e-mail: rps@ama-assn.org.

Grant applications are reviewed by a committee consisting of 5 AMA staff members and 1 resident physician. Applications must be endorsed by the state medical society of the state in which the resident resides. Following the review, applicants are notified of the committee's decision. Grant checks are sent to the state medical society, which dispenses funds to the appropriate organization. (Grant checks cannot be made out to individual residents.) Grant recipients are required to submit a program evaluation to the AMA after the program is completed.

Contact Gloria Robertson of the AMA-RPS at (312) 464-5529 or at gloria_robertson@ama-assn.org if you have questions regarding the Policy Promotion Grant program.




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