Advocating effectively for yourself as a student, for your future patients, and for your communities can seem like an impossible undertaking. There’s so much in the world that needs change, and it can be hard to know where to start. We’re kicking off a The AMSA Activism Update this year led by our 2020 AMSA-KP Education and Advocacy Fellow, Mattie Renn, with the support of our leaders across all of the various AMSA Action Committees and Campaigns. Join us for panels, Q&As, and just enlightening discussion around the topics that AMSA is working on this year—at the intersection of medical education reform, civic engagement, COVID-19, and health justice, equity and access.

We’re hosting prestigious speakers with a wide variety of expertise in order to bring you the information that you need to be an effective advocate and activist. See past sessions below, and sign up for updates to receive notice of upcoming discussions.

The Next Update

Wednesday, February 3rd, our next Activism Update will take place in coordination with our Health Care for All Campaign. Join us for Post Inauguration Healthcare Breakdown: The Past, Present & Future of the ACA. We’ll speak with Dr. Manisha Sharma and explore the current healthcare landscape under the Biden administration.

Manisha Sharma, MD, FAAFP is a board certified family medicine physician, who works at the juncture of patient care, social justice, health policy, and innovation. She is committed to “being the change” in how healthcare is delivered in the United States. In the summer of 2018, Dr. Sharma joined Community Health Group, a nonprofit Managed Care Organization designing social and structural impacts on health programs to serve 250,000+ Medicaid and Medicare members of the San Diego area. She has served as the Interim Chief Medical Officer and currently serves as the Medical Director.

Join AMSA and Dr. Sharma in an informative discussion about the future of the ACA, and learn how to advocate for affordable and accessible healthcare under the new administration!

Read Activism Update Recaps

Healthy Planet, Healthy Patients

AMSA’s Environmental Health Action Committee recently hosted an AMSA Activism Update where we learned how the health of our planets and patients are interconnected. Read the […]

The Physician as Voting Advocate

  During a recent AMSA Activism Update, Dr. Alister Martin, an ER surgeon at Massachusetts General Hospital, recalled his encounter with a young Latinx patient with […]

The Hidden Psychological Costs of Medical School

Physician well-being is an important, yet underappreciated topic.    During a recent AMSA Activism Update, medical student Thomas Pak moderated a discussion between Dr. Mona Masood, […]

Social Justice is Public Health: AMSA Activism Update with Daphne Frias

If You’re a Physician, You’re an Activist   “It’s inherently the duty of anyone who’s going into the health care field to be an activist, not […]

Immigrant Health, Detention, and COVID-19

AMSA recently hosted a panel discussing immigrant health rights, detention, and COVID-19.  A video recording of the hour-long event is available to view. A transcript of […]

Racial Inequity in American Healthcare

A panel of doctors met virtually on June 17 to discuss various topics related to racial inequity in healthcare, including social determinants of health, unconscious bias […]

Activism Update Video Playlist