AMSA in the News
Medical Students Turn to Google, Medical Websites before Textbooks
Merck Manuals conducted a survey at AMSA’s 2017 Annual Convention to uncover how the habits, preferences and tendencies of medical and pre-medical students have been shaped by growing up in the digital era. They found that 99% said they believe growing up in the digital era has impacted their medical education: 58% said they can more efficiently look up answers to questions online; 19% said they can study anywhere and anytim; and 13% believe they can more quickly adopt new technologies. Read more
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
Prepare for Medicine that Matters at 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.
How to Treat Patients Struggling with Addiction: April 24-28
New this year! A Week of Addiction and Recovery Education (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 how you can get involved.
Looking for Global Elective Opportunities?
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. Start searching for the perfect international opportunity.
News & Announcements
The American Medical Student Association Marches for Science
On April 22, Earth Day, the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) partnered with the March for Science and Earth Day Network to stand in solidarity for science. We understand that science is non-partisan, but that it does affect all parties. Science is the backbone of medicine, of patient safety, environmental health, public health and many more arenas which affect our population’s health in their day-to-day lives. 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
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
From AMSA ad lib Podcast: “Get out in front of a public health crisis”
Don’t think you’ll be affected by addiction? If you’ve spent any time on the wards, you’ve almost certainly heard disparaging comments about patients suffering from substance abuse disorders—you may have even made some of those comments yourself. Next week there’s a chance for you to learn about better ways to frame this disease, from which physicians themselves are far from immune. Listen Now
From Weekly Consult: “Detroit-area doctor charged with mutilating genitals of 2 Minnesota girls” -StarTribune
Federal prosecutors allege that a Michigan-based physician completed female genital mutilation procedures on two 7-year-old girls, a practice that has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996. Prosecutors also claim the physician has been conducting the ‘horrifying’ procedure for years. Read More