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Resident Organization and Resident Council

Resident Organization

All housestaff members (interns, residents, fellows) in ACGME-accredited programs sponsored by the College of Medicine are members of the Resident Organization.  The oversight body of the Resident Organization is the Resident Council of the Graduate Medical Education Committee (GMEC).  The Chair of the Resident Council may call formal meetings of the Resident Organization as a forum for issues of concern; educational and work environment, support, or other issues.  The meetings are closed except for invited guests.

Resident Council

Resident Council is a platform for residents/fellows at UAMS to communicate and exchange information with each other relevant to their program and their learning and working environment.  The Council focus is self-defined on a yearly basis.  The Council meets at least quarterly.  The Council has the option to conduct their meetings without DIO, faculty members, or other administrators present.  Any Council issues that are deemed GMEC responsibilities by the Institutional Requirements are reviewed and approved by the GMEC.

2014-2015 Resident Council Members

Membership

In June, the Associate Dean for GME requests that each training program director arrange for a resident/fellow from the program to be peer-elected by his/her peers to serve on the Resident Council for the coming year. In addition, the Chair of the Resident Council may invite other residents/fellows who represent special groups (e.g. AAMC Organization of Resident Representatives, AMA Resident Section) or have special interest.

Leadership

At the first meeting of the year, the members of the Resident Council elect a Chair and 2 Vice Chairs.  The Chair of the Resident Council coordinates all responsibilities of the Resident Council and other duties as outlined below.

The Chair of the GMEC and the Associate Dean for GME serve as faculty advisors to the Resident Council.

Responsibilities

Resident representation on the GMEC is an Institutional Requirement. The resident representatives are voting members.

One resident representative is elected annually by the Resident Council to be a member of the Residency Position Allocation Committee.  This committee meets as needed.

Resident Council Members:  Each member has the following responsibilities:

  1. Attends 50% Resident Council meetings.
  2. Communicates with residents and fellows about issues related to their educational and work environments.
  3. Represents the residents and fellows in the activities and decisions of the GMEC.
  4. Assists individual residents and fellows to raise and resolve issues of concern in a confidential and protected manner according to GMEC Policy 1.400.
  5. Serves on the GME Appeals Board; if selected, serves on a Grievance Panel.

Resident Council Chair: The Chair has the following responsibilities:

  1. Coordinates the activities of the Resident Council.
  2. Writes a summary report of each meeting and sends via e-mail to the GME Director.
  3. Represents the residents and fellows in the activities and decisions of the GMEC and the UAMS Medical Center Medical Board.
  4. Serves on the GMEC Finance Group.
  5. Attends the GMEC meetings, the second Monday, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
  6. Attends the University Hospital Medical Board meetings, the second Monday of each month 4:00 – 5:00 p.m., B2 Conference Room.
  7. Serves on the Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders Resident Community Service Award Selection Committee.
  8. Serves on the GME Appeals Board; if selected, serves on a Grievance Panel.

Resident Council Vice Chairs:

  1. Assists the Chair as needed and assume his/her responsibilities as necessary,
  2. Attends GMEC meetings.
  3. Serves on the Dr. M. Joycelyn Elders Resident Community Service Award Selection Committee.
  4. Same as found in Resident Council member responsibilities above.