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  • Showcase Your Work: AMSA Poster Session

    Submit your project for consideration to AMSA Foundation’s 18th Annual Poster Session held during the 2013 AMSA National Convention. The poster session will take place on Friday, March 15, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. This is an opportunity for you, as physicians-in-training, to develop and apply your skills as professional presenters while showcasing innovative projects that you have completed at your home institutions.

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  • Meet AMSA's Education & Research Team

    Meet our newest team at AMSA! Responsible for AMSA's educational programming and research activities, this team of staff and student office fellows will be busy planning quality resources and events for our members this year. Feel free to contact them for more information on their work or to share your ideas.

    AMSA recently welcomed Dr. Jeffrey Koetje as its Education and Research Director. In this essential role, Koetje will be providing day-to-day oversight, leadership and expertise in the ongoing development, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of educational programs, research activities and projects for AMSA and the AMSA Foundation. Email him at jkoetje@amsa.org.

    Aliye Runyan, MD is AMSA's Education & Research Fellow. She recently graduated from the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. Email her at erf@amsa.org. 

    Drew Lee, MD, MA is AMSA's Health Equity Fellow. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago, receiving degrees in Biology, Philosophy and International Studies, as well as delivering the commencement speech for his graduating class. Drew recently completed a MD/MA dual-degree program at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine/Neiswanger Institute for Bioethics and Health Policy. Email him at hef@amsa.org. 

    Reshma Ramachandran is a rising fourth year medical student at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Originally from Miami, FL, she migrated up north to attend Brown University where she received a Sc.B. with Honors in Physics. Email her at pff@amsa.org.

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  • AMSA National Leaders Publish Survey in BMC Education

    Advocacy is increasingly being recognized as a core element of medical professionalism and efforts are underway to incorporate advocacy training into graduate and undergraduate medical school curricula. While limited data exist to quantify physician attitudes toward advocacy, even less has been done to assess the knowledge, skills and attitudes of future physicians

    Congratulations to AMSA national leaders - Kristin Huntoon, Colin McCluney, Dr. Elizabeth Wiley (AMSA National President), Christopher Scannell, Richard Bruno and Dr. Matthew Stull (Graduate Trustee) - who recently published, "Self-reported evaluation of competencies and attitudes by physicians-in-training before and after a single day legislative advocacy experience," in BMC Education. Here is the link: http://www.biomedcentral.com/1472-6920/12/47/abstract. The purpose of this study was to assess students' experiences and attitudes toward legislative advocacy using a convenience sample of premedical and medical students attending a National Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C. in March 2011.

    Data from 108 pre-advocacy and 50 post-advocacy surveys were analyzed yielding a response rate of 46.3%. Following a single advocacy experience, subjects felt they were more likely to contact their legislators about healthcare issues (p=0.03), to meet in person with their legislators (p<0.01), and to advocate for populations' health needs (p=0.04). Participants endorsed an increased perception of the role of a physician advocate extending beyond individual patients (p= 0.03). Participants disagreed with the statement that their formal curricula adequately covered legislative healthcare advocacy. Additionally, respondents indicated that they plan to engage in legislative advocacy activities in the future (p<0.01).

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  • President Obama: Make Publicly Funded Research Free, Available

    Christopher A. Hesh
    University of Maryland School of Medicine c/o 2015
    Co-President of UMD AMSA

    Barriers to healthcare access manifest in many forms and AMSA stands at the forefront of the fight to tear down these barriers in the effort to establish healthcare as a human right. Integral to this fight for access is the engine that drives discovery of healthcare delivery methods and new treatment programs: taxpayer-funded research.

    The American public spends $60 billion each year on non-defense research through government programs like the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the Department of Energy (DOE). [1] Accessing this research can cost anywhere from $15 to $32 for a single article to multi-thousand dollar subscription fees for a single journal, forcing taxpayers to pay twice: once to fund the research and again to see the results. [2] This necessity of paying multiple times for access to life-saving research furthermore serves as a direct barrier to healthcare access for patients, who rely on their physicians to provide them with timely treatment programs informed by federally-funded research.

    We know from the success of the NIH Public Access Policy, which requires all NIH-funded research to be open-access 12 months after publication, that the scientific community is a powerful instrument of change. Indeed, the Public Access Policy has proven an invaluable step in the fight toward complete open access. The NIH, however, is not the only federal agency responsible for medical research grants. Furthermore, recently introduced bills such as the Research Works Act (H.R. 3699) have targeted open-access in an attempt to not only roll back the NIH’s public access policy, but completely prohibit open-access mandates for federally funded research altogether. The Research Works Act was eventually pulled by its legislative sponsors in response to overwhelming opposition by patients, students and taxpayers, but the fight for open access is not over.

    AMSA believes the continued attack on open-access research equates to an attack on healthcare access. In response, we’re joining a coalition of individuals and organizations including the Public Library of Science and Wikimedia Foundation, along with over 20,000 current signatories, in supporting a ‘We The People’ petition urging President Obama sign a directive to require free, timely access over the internet to journal articles arising from taxpayer-funded research. Help us reach this goal by signing the petition, and spread the word so that we can reach our target of 25,000 signatures by June 19th.

    Sign the petition!

    [1] Bennof, Richard J. Proposed Federal R&D Funding for FY 2011 Dips to $143 Billion, with Cuts in National Defense R&D. InfoBrief. Washington, DC: National Science Foundation, September 2010. Available at: http://www.nsf.gov/statistics/infbrief/nsf10327/nsf10327.pdf

    [2] Examples of single article purchase prices come from the New England Journal of Medicine ($15 at http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1111961) and from The Lancet ($31.50 at http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736%2811%2961625-5/fulltext).

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