AMSA in the News
Should Young Doctors Be Allowed to Work 24-Hour Shifts?
The debate heightens over how long to let first-year medical residents work after the ACGME announced the current cap of 16 hours will be lifted. Dr. Kelly Thibert, AMSA National President, believes, “The perception that shorter shifts must come at the expense of patient safety due to the increased number of handoffs is just that, a perception.” Thibert believes it’s not the number of transitions but rather the quality of transitions that is critical to ensuring patient safety. Read more.
Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell: A Heroine for Women
Though gender inequality remains an issue for women in medicine, great strides have been made over the past century. Dr. Kelly Thibert, AMSA National President, commented: “In 1849 women still did not have the right to vote in America. For a woman to hold a degree and pursue a career that was seemingly intended for men only was truly remarkable.” Read more.
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.
Registration Now Open! AMSA Conference in Chicago: June 3-4
AMSA Conferences bring together physicians-in-training and expert facilitators. Attendees spend 1-2 days exploring current issues in medicine, building clinical skills, and connecting with peers. Registration is now open! We hope to see you there.
A Week of Addiction and Recovery Education (AWARE): April 24-28
New this year! AWARE’s mission is to raise awareness about substance misuse and abuse as a public health priority; instill a compassionate, total health approach to care that is free of stigma and based in evidence; explore current themes and models of prevention, treatment, and recovery; and cultivate the knowledge, skills, and attitudes for community engagement and improvement. Interested in participating? See more and register here for the latest updates!
News & Announcements
AMSA Stands in Opposition Against the American Health Care Act
AMSA supports a publicly and progressively financed, privately delivered federal single-payer system of high quality, affordable health care for all persons. In the absence of such of a single-payer system, we support a health care system which expands comprehensive coverage and access for all persons living in the United States and does not discriminate, such as the Affordable Care Act (ACA). AMSA believes replacing the ACA with the proposed American Health Care Act will be disastrous for health in our country and cause unnecessary suffering of our patients. See AMSA’s full statement. Learn More
Statements in Response to the ACGME Board’s Reckless Vote to Loosen Medical Resident Work Hour Rules
AMSA, Public Citizen, Committee of Interns and Residents, and Care2 respond to the ACGME’s vote on March 10, 2017, to loosen medical resident work hour restrictions. AMSA’s National President Dr. Kelly Thibert responds: “Extreme sleep deprivation and long hours are a holdover from the early 20th century when residents literally resided in the hospitals in which they trained. There is no reason to continue to subject medical trainees to mental and physical exhaustion for years on end, with the harm that ensues to them, their families and their patients, simply to maintain an archaic tradition.” Learn More
American Medical Student Association Announces New Board of Trustees
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) announced the newly elected 2017 – 2018 Board of Trustees during AMSA’s Annual Convention and Exposition in Washington, D.C. at the end of February. AMSA is looking forward to another upcoming year of strong leadership. Learn More
AMSA Supports the Reintroduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act
AMSA stands behind the reintroduction of the Women’s Health Protection Act. The Act would defend the constitutional rights of every woman to decide for herself whether to continue or end a pregnancy – no matter where she lives. The Women’s Health Protection Act, first introduced in 2015, is a federal bill that would protect patients from laws that shame women for their personal health care decisions by interfering with a patient’s personal decision making, imposing restrictions on abortion that do not effect medical care and blocking access to safe, legal abortion care. Learn More
AMSA Responds on a National Scale to President Trump’s Executive Order on Immigration
The core of the American Medical Student Association’s mission is to advocate for the improvement of health care and health care-delivery to all people. We believe that health care is a human right and as such, we will always advocate for the rights of our patients; including but not limited to health care. Learn More
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. Learn More & Find the Scorecard Here.
Join the National Network of Health Leaders for Climate Solutions
Health professionals are uniquely positioned to foster new levels of support for climate change solutions. Why? You’re considered the nation’s most highly trusted and accessible leaders, reaching a wide range and diversity of Americans and having powerful potential to motivate them to protect and enhance their health. Climate for Health combines institutional leadership with action on climate change to bring the health care field together to prepare Americans and build a critical mass of support for solutions. Get involved and make a positive impact.
Explore Global Experiences with AMSA 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 International Health Opportunities.
From AMSA ad lib Podcast: “Get involved with design in medicine”
You use designed objects constantly. Chances are very strong you are using one right now, as you listen to this episode. Have you taken a moment to consider where design in medicine succeeds? And what happens when it fails? Listen Now
From Weekly Consult: “First-year physicians can work 24-hour shifts starting in July: 5 things to know” -Becker’s Hospital Review
The ACGME voted last week to allow first-year residents in the U.S. to work up to 24-hour shifts beginning on July 1, stirring up controversy among critics who fear for provider and patient safety. Here are five things to know about the revision. Read More