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  • Are you coming to New Orleans?

    You have to! AMSA's Annual Convention will be March 6-9th and it really is an event you don't want to miss. There are activities for everyone - those who like to have fun (social events and the city of New Orleans), those who like to debate policy (House of Delegates), those who like to network with high level physicians (our amazing speakers & keynotes)......

    SPECIAL FLASH SALE: Register using the promotional code "AMSALUV" by midnight on 2/14/14 and receive Early Bird pricing! (Save $50) 

    The official convention hotel is the Hilton New Orleans Riverside - right in the middle of the action! 

    You will join hundreds of other future physicians and have the opportunity to learn from diverse speaker sessions and world-renowned thought leaders on topics such as gun violence as a public health issue, women’s health issues under the Affordable Care Act, conflict of interest and the relationship between physicians and drug representatives, and advocating for open access. You can also join small classroom clinical skill sessions with topics such as casting, suturing, airway management, and manual vacuum aspiration. 

    Keynote speakers include Dave deBronkart (a.k.a. e-Patient Dave), author, Let Patients Help: A Patient Engagement Handbook and Dr. Sheri Fink, author, Five Days at Memorial: Life and Death in a Storm-Ravaged Hospital. Check out all the keynote presentations here

    Premeds can check out medical schools at the Pre-Health Fair. 

    Or you could register to compete in Simlympics, which will test medical knowledge, clinical skills, teamwork and communication. The winning team will win $1,000!

    There are so many events and happenings at AMSA's Annual Convention, but you can check it all out here. The entire program will be online, so you can see all the speakers/sessions. It will definitely be worth the trip to New Orleans. We hope to see you there!!!

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  • An Open Letter to Dr. Ben Carson Regarding Same-Sex Marriage

    April 3, 2013

    Dear Dr. Carson,

    Thank you for your recent keynote address at the 2013 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Annual Convention & Exposition. We appreciate you sharing your inspiring story and words of wisdom with our community of physicians-in-training.

    On behalf of AMSA, we would like to express our concern regarding your recent public statements concerning same-sex marriage. On March 26, on Sean Hannity's Fox News program, you compared gay relationships with pedophilia and bestiality: "Well, my thoughts are that marriage is between a man and a woman. It's a well-established, fundamental pillar of society and no group, be they gays, be they NAMBLA, be they people who believe in bestiality. It doesn't matter what they are. They don't get to change the definition."

    We retain the highest respect for your achievements and value your right to publicly voice your political views. Nevertheless, we feel that these expressed values are potentially harmful to patients and incongruous with the values of the American Medical Student Association.

    AMSA, along with many other national organizations, believes equal access to the institution of marriage is a public health issue. The American Medical Association,# the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association,# the American Psychiatric Association,# the American Academy of Pediatrics,# the American Academy of Nursing,# the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists# and many other professional organizations all agree that discriminatory policies and social practices are likely to perpetuate stigmatisation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex persons, resulting in negative health effects for individuals and their families.

    While we can appreciate the power of your personal narrative to inspire physicians and physicians-in-training to believe in themselves and their vision for a life of service to people and communities, and are thankful for your recent presentation at AMSA’s Annual Convention featuring this as a central element, we are disappointed in your statements which are contrary to the evidence that has been generated regarding the experiences of LGBTQI people, their relationships, and relation to and function within the larger society. Your statement, aside from being not rooted in objective, scientifically-sound evidence, is dehumanizing by virtue of comparing mutual, consensual adult relationships with exploitative, non-mutual, non-consensual relationships between adults and children and between humans and animals, and is consistent with statements routinely made by hate groups designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

    Your statement propagates the kind of misinformation and discrimination that is detrimental to the health and well-being of LGBTQI people.# Gay and lesbian patients are much more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to delay care or not access health care entirely because of fear of discrimination and mistreatment by their physicians.# LGBTQI physicians-in-training, many of whom are AMSA members, face patients who would actively refuse care from them just for being gay or lesbian,# and they move through their training and careers constantly worrying if living true to themselves will one day cost them a recommendation, residency position, job, or opportunity for advancement.

    As a highly regarded, widely respected, world-famous physician scientist, we urge you to reconsider your statement and fully consider the weight of your words - their effect on patients, physicians-in-training and fellow colleagues. We call on you to acknowledge that your statements and statements of this type are dehumanizing expressions that are antithetical to the humanistic commitments of our profession.


    Elizabeth Wiley, MD, JD, MPH
    AMSA National President

    Nida Degesys, MD Candidate
    AMSA National President-Elect

    Jeff Koetje, MD
    AMSA Education & Research Director

    Aliye Runyan, MD
    AMSA Education & Research Fellow

    Deborah V. Hall, MD Candidate
    AMSA National Secretary

    Lexi Light, MD/MPH Candidate
    AMSA Gender & Sexualtiy Chair

    Carl Streed, MD Candidate
    AMSA LGBT Policy Coordinator

    Perry Tsai, MD/PhD Candidate
    AMSA LGBT Programming Coordinator

    Justin Neisler, MD Candidate
    AMSA LGBT Policy Coordinator - Elect

    # For complete footnote references, please see this link:

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  • Recognizing Women Leaders in Medicine

    The Women Leaders in Medicine awards were created by AMSA in 2007 to recognize women physicians and educators who serve as role models, teachers, highly accomplished professionals, and sources of inspiration for women who are currently in their medical training. These women deserve recognition for their accomplishments and dedication to fostering tomorrow’s women leaders in medicine.

    Do you know an amazing woman physician or educator? Do they inspire you to become a better doctor?

    Each recipient will be invited to attend the AMSA National Convention in March to receive their award at a special reception. Many of our past awardees have considered their Women Leaders in Medicine award a truly meaningful honor because it comes directly from the voices of students. At AMSA, we hope to give back some recognition to these amazing women in addition to generating awareness about the importance of fostering leadership in medicine that promotes healthy change and equality in care and professional opportunity for women and men.

    We also invite you to attend the Annual Women Leaders in Medicine reception as we honor this year’s recipients. 

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