AMSA in the News
Effective Legislative Advocacy — Lessons from Successful Medical Trainee Campaigns
“What is the best way for me to get involved politically?” Dr. Elizabeth P. Griffiths, MD, MPH fields this question often from her peers, as advocacy work continues to become a core competency rather than an extracurricular in medicine. Dr. Griffiths applauds AMSA for tackling many critical issues over the course of history–from the Vietnam War to primary care access–as fellow residents and med students begin to recognize the “myriad ways in which politics and policy influence the health care we deliver.” Read more
Applications Currently Being Accepted for Fellowship Position!
AMSA National is seeking its next Education and Advocacy Fellow (EAF). This is an opportunity to become involved in initiatives on a national scale, working closely with AMSA leaders and staff in the office outside DC. The fellowship is a paid position dedicated to the development and enhancement of programs addressing topics outside the traditional med school curricula. The EAF also travels to the west coast for a 1-3 week community-focused rotation with Kaiser Permanente. Learn more and apply here.
Grow into the Role of Physician Leadership
Only 9% of health care entities in the United States are run by physicians. You have the opportunity to hone your leadership skills and step into the role of physician leader. How? Dr. Rebekah Apple, MA, DHSc, AMSA’s Director of Student Affairs and Programming, would love to join your chapter for an in-person visit. Contact AMSA’s Membership Manager Rachel Glassford at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested! Read more about this opportunity.
Free AMSA Self-Assessments: How Ready Are You for the Match?
AMSA’s free Self-Assessment offers insight on both pinpointing potential areas of improvement and recognizing strengths when it comes to being ready for the Match. Learn More.
News & Announcements
Paris Agreement Withdrawal: A Detriment to Public Health and Health Equity
AMSA denounces President Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris Climate Change Agreement, based on the body of medical literature showing that global warming and greenhouse gas emissions are a significant detriment to overall public health and worsen health inequity, particularly in vulnerable populations. 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) 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
From AMSA ad lib Podcast: “‘What do I talk about in my personal statement?’ answered“
Leaving your personal statement to the last minute will lead to a frantic search for the right topic and in turn, not your best work. Many of the timelines you’ll see out there place preparing for your residency application in your third year of medical school. But waiting to think about starting on your application materials until then, could mean you’re missing out on getting the most out of a meaningful experience that took place in your earlier years. Here’s how to prepare for a topic early on. Listen Now
From Weekly Consult: “Missouri looks to ease doctor shortage with ‘assistant physicians'” -Washington Examiner
After a delay, Missouri may move ahead with a plan to allow recent medical school graduates to practice in the state even without completing residency training, albeit as “assistant physicians” under the supervision of a full-fledged physician. Groups including the Association of American Medical Colleges have expressed concern over quality of care in this model, however. Read More