Trainee Wellness & Professionalism Action Committee

AMSA’s Trainee Wellness & Professionalism Action Committee aims is to improve the physician-in-training experience by

  1. promoting affordability and access to medical education,
  2. fostering a supportive educational environment,
  3. advancing student wellness in order to help trainees flourish and
  4. determining and helping to address unmet medical and premedical student needs.

We believe that student support and wellness are particularly affected by the availability of safe and adequate learning environments; the availability of counseling as well as mental health services; and the accessibility of appropriate academic resources and career planning tools.

We aim to change how future physicians interact by promoting:

  • Professionalism over commercialism
  • Teamwork over isolation
  • Patient-centered care over physician-centered care
  • Ethics awareness, integrity and professional development
  • Increased physician-in-training access to Medical Humanities

We believe that priorities of medical school training should include:

  • Patient safety and quality
  • Integrative, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine education
  • Interprofessional Competencies

Our Goals & Getting Engaged

  • Student Wellness: Defining and implementing research to determine and address unmet medical and premedical student needs in their educational experiences as it relates to physical, mental, emotional, and social well-being. WSL advocates for and promotes student health and well-being.
    Learn More About Student Well-Being
    View Our Wellness Resources: Yoga, Breathing, Mindfulness & Jin Shin Jyutsu Exercises
  • Humanism in Medicine: Extend opportunities to physicians-in-training in the development of lifestyles that counter the deleterious effects of stress through creative expression, self-care, balance and holistic goals for personal growth and professional development.
    Learn More About Integrative Medicine and ICAM
    Humanistic Elective in Alternative medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation (HEART) 4th Year Clerkship
  • Student Support: Provide student wellness resources that will allow physicians-in-training access to information for their personal growth and well-being. Offering creative outlets where physicians-in-training can express and reflect on their experiences in academic environments, working on the wards and/or engaging in community service.
  • Student Debt: Advocate for affordability of medical education and reducing student debt through legislative action and education, as evidenced by legislative changes, favorable debt repayment plans for residents, and increased transparency in medical education tuition costs.
  • Providing skills needed to operate as model professionals in the current shift towards a health care system based on teamwork and patient-centered care aligns with the following Charter: Medical Professionalism in the New Millenium: A Physician Charter, Annals of Internal Medicine.

Patient Safety

Medical Ethics

Conflict of Interest in Medicine

Integrative Medicine

IM Research:

Teamwork, Patient-Centered Care & Interprofessional Relations

Committee Leadership

Diana HuangDiana Huang
TWP Chair
Tracy Lee

Student Wellness Coordinator
Seungjun Kim

Patient Safety Coordinator
Kavita Shah

Integrative Medicine Coordinator

AMSA Patient Safety Symposium Resources

The AMSA Patient Safety Symposium was held at the Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia, PA on September 7-8, 2012 with the support of funding from The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

Centered around seminal National Patient Safety Foundation Unmet Needs report, the symposium aimed to bring together stakeholders in the movement to improve the quality of patient care to explore current topics in patient safety and develop strategies to incorporate these issues into medical education.

The materials below were presented by the line-up of superb patient safety faculty who shared their expertise with attendees.