AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title AMSA Advocacy Elective
Project type(s) Other
Date completed 03/2006
Chapter Alpert Medical School of Brown University
Project Coordinator Jenn Kim
Summary of project AMSA organized an elective with 7 sessions where Brown 1st and 2nd year medical students could enroll for class credit and learn about different reasons why we need to be medical student advocates (access/quality disparities, resident working conditions, etc) and specific skills that could be used in advocacy (public speaking, lobbying, maneuvering into state Dept of Health programs, such as medicaid and foodstamps, etc).

Content area Other
Number of participants 12
Participant hours involved 16 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $700 - meals and supplies
Project funding Medical school funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising announcements to 1st and 2nd year students - there are only about 70-75 students per class
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions We had no administrative or faculty support so it took a lot of work on the part of our chapter. This drained efforts for other projects. In the future, we now know how crucial it is to have at least one friendly faculty member to counterbalance what is a hostile attitude at Brown towards student programming.

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