AMSA's Local Chapter Project Directory

Project title Just say KNOW: Drug Companies, Healthcare, and Society
Project type(s) Speaker
Date completed 01/2007
Chapter University of Vermont COM
Project Coordinator Shams Helminski
Summary of project This panel discussion featured an internist, a pediatrician, a family medicine doc, a pharmacist, and a neurologist. The discussion was highly interactive (both between the panelists and with the audience), and the panelists covered a wide range of viewpoints- some of which were HIGHLY charged. The discussion was facilitated by an internist who has spent quite a bit of time researching pharm influence on prescribing practice, and who does counter-detailing work teaching physicians how to prescribe generics.

Content area Pharmaceutical Issues
Number of participants 70
Participant hours involved 75 hour(s)
Coordinator roles
Coordinator hours hour(s)
Total project cost $200
Project funding Local chapter funds,Donation
Funding breakdown of sources and/or donations:
Project advertising Advertising was by email and class announcements.
Success rating
(1 = unsuccesful, 5 = very successful)
Lessons/suggestions Food was a big draw (though many participants commented on the irony of getting free lunch at a 'No Free Lunch' discussion). We had a last minute donation from one of the panelists to help cover some of the food costs, which really made a big difference.