AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Balancing Children with Medicine Panel
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 03/28/2006
Chapter University of Pittsburgh SOM
Project Coordinator Tara Marsh, Enyinne Ejiasa
Summary of project We got together a 7 member panel with faculty, residents, fellows and medical students to talk about when they started their families and what changes they had to make in their careers in order to have productive families and be actively involved with their children.

Content area Wellness/Well-Being
Number of participants 75
Participant hours involved 60 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $300
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising 1) On the local calendar on the student web 2) Email a week ahead of the event 3) Word of mouth
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions It was very helpful to let students know about this event ahead of time, and those who were working on putting this together contributed by contacting 1-2 possible speakers. The planning took about 3-4 weeks and at the end we had gathered 7 excellent panelists.

It was striking that more than 50% of the audience were guys... and so it would've been better to have had some men on the panel. Since the event was about childbearing, we had included only women who had gone through this during their medical training or were currently pregnant. We ended up holding a series of panels and the next one included male panelists.

Comments Definitely advertise ahead of time (a week works well) and ask for RSVP's to know how much food to bring.