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  • Medical Humanities Institute

    By Aliye Runyan, M.D.
    AMSA Education and Research Fellow

    The AMSA Medical Humanities Institute was held the first weekend of April, bringing 24 medical and pre-medical students from around the country to AMSA headquarters just outside of D.C.

    The three-day workshop highlighted the importance of the narrative in a patient's history, provider-patient communication, reflective writing for well-being of both patients and providers, and skills for maintaining balance in medical training, including yoga and meditation. The institute keynote (for the second year in a row), was Rita Charon, director of the Department of Narrative Medicine at Columbia University, and founder of the field of narrative medicine. She instructed the group through a writing exercise, spoke about the importance of listening to the patient, and explained her process of shared notes with her patients, where patients are able to edit and contribute to their medical history and plan throughout.

    Other sessions included an overview of humanities in medical education with Gretchen Case from the University of Utah, a poetry workshop with nurse and poet Veneta Masson, a writing and film session with Linda Raphael from George Washington University, expressive writing with Nancy Morgan from the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown, and meditation / ...

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  • Newly Elected AMSA National Leaders

    Britani Kessler, fourth year medical student at Nova Southeastern University College of Osteopathic Medicine, will begin serving her term as AMSA National President on May 1, 2014. Kessler will work full-time at AMSA’s national office, Sterling, Virginia, where she will chair the Board of Trustees, represent almost 40,000 physicians-in-training, maintain alliances with other organizations and visit AMSA chapters across the country. 

    “AMSA is an exceptional organization that inspires a community of future physicians through education and advocacy,” says Kessler. “I’m honored and excited to serve as national president and plan on focusing on medical student debt and AMSA's Just Medicine campaign. I look forward to working with AMSA members across the country and helping them to realize their power as members of the medical community. The face of medicine is ever-changing and our members need to stay informed and active. As the future of medicine, we know that changes must be made and I believe our exceptional programming and wonderful leaders will accomplish so much over the coming year."

    At the recent AMSA Annual Convention, Deborah Vozzella Hall, third year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine, was elected President-Elect. She will serve for one year before ...

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  • Every leader is part of a team: let us build medical progress!

    Whitney McFadden
    AMSA National Health Policy Coordinator


    This past weekend the 19th Annual National APAMSA conference took center stage amongst the deep oranges and reds of the slowly ripening leaves in the Midwest. While in town, I decided to attend the conference, catch up with APAMSA friends, and meet a few of the motivated students responsible for organizing this well attended, high energy conference of medical students.

    The United Asian American Medical Student Association (UA AMSA) chapter hosted the conference this year at the University of Michigan and welcomed students from all over the country to the School of Public health for a weekend of engaging speakers, thought provoking conversation, talks on out of the box innovations centered around Asian American populations. However, the themes of this conference transcended the whole medical community, and while I did not, for a second, feel out of place amidst my Asian American cohorts, I realized the empowerment present in this community. The perfect combination of successful and accomplished Asian American physicians was fueling the next generation of students, changing our prior understanding of science, teamwork, and leadership. 

    Upon my arrival, I was graciously introduced to a few of the conference coordinators including Peter Park, ...

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  • CORE Leadership Forums

    Layla Cristina Mihuti
    AMSA Premedical Regional Director, Region 6
    Indiana University-Purdue, University Indianapolis

    AMSA's Region 6 held its Chapter Officers’ Regional Leadership Forum on Saturday, June 25, at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. By getting together at the forum, all premedical and medical students from Region 6 had the opportunity to better know one another, to make new friends, to learn new things about AMSA and to develop new leadership skills.

    We all went back home enthusiastic and inspired to achieve our 2011-2012 goal, which is greater member engagement, and new member recruitment.

    As a Region 6 Premedical Regional Director, I highly encourage all of you who are involved in the leadership of your local chapters to attend your own CORE Regional Forum, because there is so much to learn, and because it is the best training opportunity you will have this year.

    Here are the amazing premedical and medical AMSA leaders at the Region 6 CORE LF, 2011:

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  • AMSA Welcomes 2011-2012 Leadership

    Danielle Salovich, M.D., recent graduate of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, has been elected to serve as the national president of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA). She will chair the Board of Trustees, maintain alliances with other organizations and visit AMSA chapters across the country.

    “AMSA is an exceptional organization that inspires a community of future physicians through education and advocacy,” says Salovich. “I am honored to lead an organization composed of members truly dedicated to improving our nation's healthcare system. It is the passion of our visionary members that gives AMSA such a powerful voice.”

    AMSA 2011-2012 Board of Trustees

    Newly elected members of the 2011-2012 AMSA Board of Trustees:

    • Vice President for Internal Affairs: Elizabeth Wiley, JD, MPH, George Washington University School of Medicine
    • Vice President for Membership: David Marcovitz, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
    • Vice President of Program Development: Katherine Ellington, St. George’s University
    • Vice President of Leadership Development: Shazia Mehmood, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
    • Vice President for Finances: Lorraine Toner, St. George’s University
    • Secretary: Nida Degesys, Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine
    • Graduate Trustee: Matthew Stull, MD
    • International Trustee: Elizabeth ...

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