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  • Graduating Medical Students Tell the AMA, “I’m Opting Out”

    On Wednesday, April 10, graduating medical students will tell the American Medical Association (AMA) that they are opting out of the AMA Physician Masterfile and that they do not want their personal and prescribing information sold to the pharmaceutical and medical device industries. National Opt Out Day, sponsored by the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), hopes to rally hundreds of fourth year medical students.

    The AMA Physician Masterfile was established by the AMA in 1906 as a record keeping device supporting membership and mailing activities. The Physician Masterfile includes current and historical data for more than 1.4 million physicians, residents and medical students in the United States. Today, sales of the AMA Physician Masterfile totals more than $40 million per year and over 20 percent of their annual revenue.

    “The AMA should not be selling this data to pharmaceutical and medical device companies for the purpose of tracking physicians’ prescribing habits to devise directed marketing strategies,” Reshma Ramachandran, AMSA PharmFree Fellow. “Information from the AMA Physician Masterfile should only be used for research purposes to benefit our patients.”

    “We want our members – the nation’s future physicians – to understand what this information is being used for so they can make their own decision to remain in the database or opt-out,” says Dr. Elizabeth Wiley, AMSA National President. “Physicians should practice evidence-based medicine using the best existing clinical evidence—not carefully-packaged advertising—and continue to uphold personal and professional integrity.”

    “As a physician, I have no knowledge or control over data about me that is sold in the AMA Masterfile," says Dr. Michael Mendoza, medical director at Highland Family Medicine in Rochester, New York and alumni of AMSA. "I am not an AMA member, and I feel that the AMA has abused my rights to privacy by selling data about me without my consent for commercial and marketing purposes."

    National Opt Out Day is just one of the events scheduled during National PharmFree Week (NPFW), April 8 – 12, sponsored by AMSA. Thousands of medical students will celebrate the annual event and focus on putting patients first by addressing conflicts of interest and encouraging evidence-based rather than marketing-based education. NPFW aims to focus the attention of medical, premedical and allied health students on the importance of understanding the impact and control of financial and professional relationships with pharmaceutical and medical device companies in education, research and patient care.

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  • Join us for EFPC!

    There are only two conferences left this fall so don't miss out! Join future physicians from around the world in coming together for inspiration, knowledge, networking & fun!

    Register online here!

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  • Primary Care is....

    ....the underdog. Is undervalued. Is misunderstood. Is antiquated. Is dysfunctional. Needs a makeover. Could use a LOUD cheerleading section.

    Is brimming with hope. Is timeless. Makes communities healthier. Is team-based care. Is the future of health care. Is THE place for higher quality care and lower spending.

    Today we start celebrating National Primary Care Week. Let's give primary care a voice - your voice!

    1. Print the “Primary Care…” signboard. Write what primary care means to you on any sheet of paper.
    2. Write out your message. Need inspiration? Click here
    3. Have someone take your picture, aiming for a head and shoulders shot but feel free to get creative. The important thing is that the message is clear and visible.
    4. Get it to us! Upload it using the upload bar on this page. Tweet it using the hashtag #voicesforpcare. Or email it to us at

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  • How to Run a Successful Lobby Visit

    AMSA's AIDS Advocacy Network and Health Policy Action Committee invite your chapter to join our skill-building Webinar: "How to Run a Successful Lobby Visit" facilitated by Kaytee Riek, Campaign Manager at SumOfUs.

    When: October 18th, 8 - 9:30 pm EST

    RSVP to

    Do you want to use your voice to address the social determinants of health, but don't know how? We're here to help you and your chapter make a difference this year. Don't hesitate to get in touch with us if we can support your chapter's policy work this year! 

    During this Webinar, Kaytee -- who has years of experience working on global and domestic AIDS advocacy, as well as corporate accountability campaigns-- will teach us why legislative visits are a key tool to affect policy and will take us through the essential steps for making a trip to your legislator's office a successful venture for your chapter and the issues you care about! Our goal is to have at least 50 AMSA legislative visits between now and the Annual Conference in March. Will you join us in this effort?

    Some Potential Issues Your Chapter Can Lobby On:
    There's at least one major political battle that will be fought each year for the rest of our lives-- the federal budget. The budget makes a huge difference in our patients' lives and in the social determinants of health-- and this webinar will help you fight for lifesaving and health-sustaining programs. Some that we care deeply about are HIV programs in the US (eg Ryan White, Housing Opportunities for People With AIDS-HOPWA) and abroad (eg PEPFAR, the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria), the overturn of the federal ban on syringe exchange funding, as well as housing support, food stamps, and many many others. This year there are special challenges given a budget "sequestration" plan that would cut programs across the board from around 8-10%, and may go into effect as soon as January 2nd. We have to stop the cuts to programs we care about and fight for increases in funding where needed.

    There's also a Robin Hood Tax Campaign that needs co-sponsors in the House of Representatives ( This is a tax on Big Banks and Wall Street -- to help raise the revenue we need instead of forcing us to slash safety net programs due to "lack of funds". The National Nurses Union is very actively working on this campaign across the country, so you may be able to team up with them to work on this campaign.

    The Trans Pacific Partnership is a raw trade deal that will severely weaken access to generic drugs in a number of low and middle income countries around the world. You can go to your officials and ask them to use their power to speak against it. Read more about this.

    As constituents, your elected officials want to hear from you! Studies have shown that this is one of the most effective, tried-and-true ways to impact policy. So please gather up some of your classmates and RSVP to tune in as a group to this Webinar. Individuals can also attend, but there can only be 25 participants and groups will be given preference.

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  • Escape Fire

    Today, over 50 medical schools across the country will host advance screenings of ESCAPE FIRE: The Fight to Rescue American Healthcare.

    Click here to find a screening near you and check out the film's trailer below!

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