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  • Patient Safety & Quality Symposium

    In the 1980’s, the Harvard Medical Practice Study found that 4% of hospitalized patients were injured and that two-thirds of those injuries were preventable. In 1999, the Institute of Medicine issued a report, To Err Is Human, which found that there were between 44,000 and 98,000 preventable deaths in the U.S. each year. Since these findings, health care has gone through major changes.

    With these changes, patient safety problems have become increasingly evident. According to the white paper, Unmet Needs, published by the Lucian Leape Institute at the National Patient Safety Foundation, medical education and training institutions have found themselves struggling to keep up with the need to assure that student physicians are properly equipped with the skills, attitudes, knowledge and behaviors (i.e., patient safety competencies) that will make them capable of becoming part of the patient safety solution.

    The Patient Safety and Quality Symposium offered by the American Medical Student Association, in partnership with the National Patient Safety Foundation with funding support through AHRQ, and being held September 7-8 at Jefferson School of Population Health, will address the critical steps needed to successfully position students and the institutions they attend to function safely and effectively in health care delivery. View the tentative schedule here.

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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 Morgan, Medical School for International Health at Ben Gurion University
    • Premedical Trustee: Kimberly Fe’Lix Kimes, recent graduate of the University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Immediate Past President: John Brockman, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
    • The New Physician Student Editor: Jack DePaolo, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center

    2011-2012 AMSA Fellowship Positions:

    • AMSA/CIR Health Justice Fellow: Sonia Lazreg, Mount Sinai School of Medicine 
    • Education & Advocacy Fellow: Colin McCluney, University of Washington School of Medicine

    Welcome to all new national leaders! For a complete list, click here.

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