AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

PROJECT DESCRIPTION/CONTACT INFORMATION
Project title AMSA's GLOBAL AIDS WEEK OF ACTION
Project type(s) Fundraiser,Speaker
Date completed 12/07/2007
Chapter UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson Medical School
Project Coordinator Anjali Sheth and Wan Ju Wu
Summary of project Monday: Movie screening of A Closer Walk followed y a student led discussion on issues involving the AIDS epidemic and ways in which medical students can make a difference. Tuesday: Joined with HIPHOP/ICCUCE and had Scott Fried came to lecture about his own personal story and then had a student run fundraising event [$5 suggested donation]. First and second year medical students performed musical acts, recited poems, sang, dance, juggles and spoke of their own experiences working with HIV and AIDS patients abroad. We also had petitions, a visual display, and disseminated fact sheets. We raised $400 for an NGO in western Kenya. Thursday: We had speakers from the FXB Center in Newark talk about how the center was founded and their international AIDS projects. Also things that have witnessed working in the Newark AIDS clinic with perinatally infected children. Friday: We had a nurse from the New Brunswick AIDS program come in and talk. A patient was supposed to come but had difficulty with transportation and was unable to arrive until after the event.

Content area N/A
Number of participants 300
Participant hours involved 400 hour(s)
PROJECT PLANNING
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
FUNDING & ADVERTISING
Total project cost $847.06
Project funding Local chapter funds,Medical school funds,AMSA grant
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising We used emails as well as word of mouth. We made announcements in all of our classes. We also had a large poster displaying the week’s event in our schools atrium.
PROJECT EVALUATION
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
5
Lessons/suggestions Being the Global AIDS fellow both last year and this year, we were able to able to make vast improvements in how our events ran. By teaming up with other school organizations we were able to get more co-sponsorships, better turnouts and better speakers. It was great to have the support of fellow AMSA members and classmates. I definitely think that beginning early and working with HIPHOP is essential to the success of out fundraising event- we had a turnout of over 100 students!

ADDITIONAL COMMENTS
Comments It would be great to incorporate AIDS/HIV advocacy into a year long event and not just a week. We are trying to work with other groups to participate in STATs-students teaching about AIDS to students. Also we bought pins instead of bracelets this year, which was cheaper and better overall as students can put it on their white coats.