AMSA in the News
AMSA President Talks to NBC Boston about Immigration Executive Order
Dr. Kelly Thibert, AMSA National President, spoke to NBC Boston about the effect of President Trump’s travel ban on medical students. “We have people fearing what is going to happen with their careers.” says Dr. Thibert. Watch here.
AMSA Programs & Events
Lead One of AMSA’s Action Committees: Apply by Mar. 6
Interested in community and public health? Professional development in your medical education? Choose from over 10 topics or issues that interest you and apply now to lead one of AMSA’s Action Committees. You’ll have the opportunity to become a leader in medicine and effect change in health care; plus, you’ll stand out among your peers during the application and interview process. Action Committee Coordinator apps close on March 6! Apply today.
News & Announcements
American Medical Student Association Visits Elected Officials During Annual Advocacy Day
AMSA’s Advocacy Day is the start to our weekend-long Annual Convention and Exposition in Crystal City, Virginia. On this day, over 200 physicians-in-training will descend upon Capitol Hill for a full day of advocacy and activism. Students will convene in the morning for training about meeting with elected officials, to talk more about the issues they are passionately advocating on behalf of and to meet like-minded students. Learn More
67,000 People Urge Accrediting Body to Reject Work-Hour Proposal
More than 67,000 petition signatures were delivered today to the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) before its board meets this weekend in Chicago, urging the board to reject a dangerous proposal to roll back limits on work hours for resident doctors. The petitions were gathered by Public Citizen, Care2 and the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
AMSA joins the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has joined the Antibiotic Resistance Coalition (ARC), an independent coalition of members from six continents working in health, agriculture, consumer, and development sectors. ARC advocates for policy change and action to prevent the post-antibiotic era from becoming a bleak reality.
AMSA Urges Signing of Open Letter to President Trump Rescinding Order Instituting Travel Ban
The American Medical Student Association urges state and local leaders to exercise their authority to regulate for the safety and well-being of all residents, regardless of their race, ethnicity, sexuality, gender identity, religion or immigration status. We call on the Trump administration to retract their order, acknowledging that this affects the health and well-being of people around the world and we, as physicians-in-training, are prepared to stand alongside our partners to fight back against hate and discrimination.
Sign the open letter to President Trump to rescind the order instituting an immediate travel ban on valid visa-holders from seven predominately Muslim countries, an indefinite freeze on the nation’s refugees program, and other restrictions.
AMSA Stands with Immigrant Communities & Decries President Trump’s Executive Order
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) has a mission that is built upon our members’ commitment to advocate for the improvement of healthcare and healthcare-delivery to all people. We believe that healthcare is a human right and as such, we will always advocate for the rights of our patients; including but not limited to healthcare.
The attack on immigrant communities through the signing of an executive order by President Trump last week has added yet another, unnecessary, deplorable barrier to accessing healthcare.
Step Into Action: Take a Stand for Global and Women’s Health
Most of us have big ideas for change we’d like to see in our communities. But, getting started on a path to actually make an impact and affect change is the tough part.
You’re not alone! There are peers out there with the same passions and goals as well as experts ready to guide you. Join these peers and subject matter experts in the first ever Global Health and Women’s Health Institutes at AMSA’s annual convention.
Making Time for Medical School Conflict-of-Interest Policy Improvements
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) recently released the 2016 AMSA Scorecard which provided an at-a-glance dashboard of institutional conflict of interest policies at medical schools. The results demonstrated continued improvement in medical school policies throughout the country – confirming the value in disclosing this important information on a regular cadence.
AMSA and i-Human Launch “Diagnose my Disease” Contest
The winner of the I-Human “Diagnose My Disease” competition for January is Sarah Singh of University of Medicine & Health Sciences St. Kitts. The evaluation criteria is weighted towards patient assessment more so than whether the correct diagnosis was identified.
Learn more about what these are by playing the case again in learning mode and watching the diagnostic reasoning videos available from the “?” button in the upper right corner of the case. These videos will help you improve your performance on forthcoming cases.
Learn MoreAMSA International Health Opportunities Directory
Since the first edition was published in 1984, the AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory has been a popular AMSA resource. Now as a searchable mobile-friendly online directory, it is conveniently accessible from all devices. Use this directory as a tool for information on global health programs and organizations for worldwide discovery and service. Visit AMSA IHO
From AMSA ad lib Podcast
“Rank order lists: Decisions ahead”
Many fourth year students are working hard to finalize their rank order lists as time is closing in, after weeks on the interview trail. It’s a difficult process to narrow in on your top choices, and one that takes several factors into consideration over a long period of time. This week, AMSA’s National President Dr. Kelly Thibert shares some of the strategies she’s using while compiling her rank list, as well as strategies she took while on the interview trail that would help her make a decision down the road. Listen Now
From Weekly Consult
“Genome-edited humans get green light from expert panel” –Ars Technica
Editing genes in human embryos should be allowed when used to avoid or treat severe illness, according to a panel of experts comprised of the National Academy of Medicine and National Academy of Science. Their statement is a reversal of previous recommendations from experts. Read More