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

Join us for our next discussion, which will be an opportunity for participants to share their experiences and concerns from this pandemic— Med Student Roundtable: Challenges, Resilience, and Opportunity in COVID-19, on 12/16. This is a chance for all of us to come together to reflect on and plan for navigating the medical education landscape during such a complex and difficult year. Sign up here to receive the meeting information.

Read Activism Update Recaps

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