AMSA Programs & Events
Have you registered for AMSA PremedFest & Fall Conferences?
We hope you will be joining us in Florida for AMSA PremedFest! Also, be sure to take advantage of the early bird registration rate and register today for both upcoming AMSA Fall Conferences. Don’t forget to check out AMSA Programs & Events page for other great events coming up. Let’s work together to make your dreams come true!
AMSA Academy Scholars Programs
The American Medical Student Association Academy is a training ground for physicians leaders, established by students and for students. The AMSA Academy strives to empower physicians-in-training to effect change in medicine and didactic and experiential learning. Each program fosters the value that health care must be patient-centered, effective, safe, equitable, and timely, as identified by the Institute of Medicine. AMSA Academy has provided program on a variety of topics for years. For more information, visit http://www.amsa.org/members/career/scholars-programs/
News & Announcements
Cancer Patient Arrested at Rep. Polis’ Capitol Hill Office, Protesting TPP
Today, a cancer patient – supported by health professionals and friends and family of people with cancer – was arrested as she blocked the entrance to Representative Jared Polis’ (D-Colo.) Capitol Hill office, demanding that the congressman take a stand against the ‘death sentence’ imposed by the expansion of medicine monopolies in the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).
AMSA–Take action against rolling back residency work hour restrictions!
ACGME is meeting in Chicago this month to discuss the the possibility of removing residency work hour restrictions, effectively going back to the time of being more tired and more overworked than residents already are. AMSA continues to recommend that the number of hours a resident physician may work per week should not exceed an absolute limit of 80 without averaging. We believe that the maximum number of hours worked consecutively per shift should not exceed 16, no matter the stage of training and that residents should have at least 10 hours off between shifts.
More information here on the AMSA On Call blog: http://www.amsa.org/workhrrestrictions/
Click here to read and sign the petition: https://goo.gl/forms/IAXboSy3Jelp24Wl2
Medical Students Invited To Engage in Practice Conversations with Virtual Patients
A new website (www.conversationsforhealth.com) featuring a series of simulations where users engage in practice conversations with virtual humans. The simulations were developed by Kognito, a pioneer in developing role-play simulations that prepare people to effectively lead real-life conversations, with the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The conversations help to prepare primary care physicians and patients to manage challenging health conversations they have during an everyday medical encounter. As medical schools seek new approaches to modernize lectures and the traditional standardized patient approach, interactive conversation simulations featuring virtual patients offer exciting promise.
AMSA EAF Participates in Twitter Town Hall on Zika
Last week our Education & Advocacy Fellow Matt Moy participated in a Twitter Town Hall hosted by the The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Zika. Through Matt, AMSA was able to participate directly in the conversation multiple times, asking pressing questions.
AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory
Since the first edition was published in 1984, the AMSA International Health Opportunities Directory has been a popular AMSA resource. Now as a searchable mobile-friendly online directory, it is conveniently accessible from all devices. Use this directory as a tool for information on global health programs and organizations for worldwide discovery and service. Visit AMSA IHO
Residency interview questions and prep
What’s it like to interview for a residency position in neurosurgery? How does it compare to interviewing in other specialties? In this episode, medical students share their experiences and questions, including tackling rumors about the neurosurgery interview process.
From The Weekly Consult
“Aetna decision exposes weaknesses in Obama’s health care law” – Washington Post
The nation’s third largest health insurer announced on Monday that it will stop offering much of its individual coverage through Obamacare. Aetna cited losses of more than $430 million since January 2014 as the reason for pulling back. How will its decision affect the future of the Affordable Care Act? Read More