AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Global HIV/AIDS Symposium
Project type(s) Speaker,Recruitment
Date completed 08/2007
Chapter Keck SOM of University of Southern California
Project Coordinator Natalie Ramos & Russ Buhr
Summary of project AMSA Global AIDS Fellow Vishal Patel led a discussion on global HIV/AIDS. Topics covered included: the AIDS Advocacy Network, Healthcare Workers Campaign, Essential Medicines Campaign, PEPFAR, gender equity and microbicides, global health in medical curriculums, and opportunities for student involvement through leadership institutes, service projects, and Worlds AIDS Day Action. The event was recorded and will be posted online. Prior to the talk, we hosted a wine and cheese reception, during which students mingled with AMSA Chapter Officers and heard about upcoming events.

Content area HIV/AIDS
Number of participants 50
Participant hours involved 125 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost 130
Project funding Local chapter funds
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We advertised the event to Year I/II students through email, in-class announcements, facebook postings, and handing out flyers at the Big Sib/Little Sib BBQ. Many second years that are not currently AMSA members attended the event, along with some third a
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Lessons/suggestions Because the incoming students haven’t started school yet, drawing them to the event was challenging. The Big Sib/Little Sib BBQ was great for advertising, but it was the day before the event so it did not provide people with much notice. Having the even

Comments Vishal is a great speaker and engaged the audience in a thought-provoking discussion. Many students stuck around afterwards to discuss how to get involved.