AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title PharmFree Debate
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 01/08/2007
Chapter Keck SOM of University of Southern California
Project Coordinator Rebecca Sadun
Summary of project Preliminary surveys of the Year I-II medical students of Keck indicated a profound lack of understanding of the medical and ethical implications of pharmaceutical advertising. To make our student body more receptive to AMSA’s PharmFree message, we organized a “PharmFree Debate” event, at which students and faculty on both sides of the issue explained their rationale for their viewpoint. Brian Hurley, a Keck student and AMSA Officer, and favorite faculty were featured in the debate, increasing attendance and enhancing the entertainment value of the event.

Content area Pharmaceutical Issues
Number of participants 100
Participant hours involved 100 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost 200
Project funding AMSA grant,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We advertised the event heavily to Year I/II students through email and in-class announcements.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
4
Lessons/suggestions

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments Copies of Jerry Avorn’s book were provided free of charge by the Arnold Gold Foundation for Humanism in Medicine.