Grassroots Campaigns & Initiatives
AMSA has a robust history of activism and mobilizing around social justice movements relevant to our mission. Often social change occurs from the ground up by bringing supporters to causes through grassroots organizing around specific issues.
With the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community committed to end the AIDS pandemicas a global public health threat by 2030, the AIDS Advocacy Network (AAN) is a group of health professional students who build the movement to advocate for issues from health equity and destigmatization of HIV, to global access to medicines and other causes that support the WHO Call to Action.
AMSA believes that access to comprehensive health services must be recognized and protected as a basic human right, and supports a publicly and progressively financed, privately delivered federal single payer system of high quality, affordable health care for all persons. In its absence, we support health care reform that expands comprehensive coverage and access for all persons living in the United States.
The Just Medicine Campaign strives to promote evidence-based prescribing and access to medicines while preserving pharmaceutical innovation. We will empower physicians and physicians-in-training to prescribe the most appropriate medications for their patients without undue influence from marketing or conflict of interest, and promote pharmaceutical policies that prioritize patients’ interests, promote access to medicines, and preserve innovation.
The Med Students for Gun Safety Campaign strives to educate future physicians about gun safety, encourage advocacy for responsible gun ownership and effective federal violence prevention legislation to improve community and public health. This includes informing AMSA membership about opportunities to learn and participate in related legislation, policy and community activism, and improving national coalitions amongst leading groups working on gun violence prevention efforts.
Every day it is becoming clearer than ever that health care is heavily influenced by policies and politics. Our ability to care for our patients is being determined not just in the hospital or in the home, but also on the Hill. Health care needs your vote. Therefore, we are calling on health care providers and providers-in-training across the country to make our voices heard and #MedOuttheVote. We need to vote, we need to help others vote, and we need to get out the vote.
Find comprehensive resources for grassroots organizing and executing a strategic campaign with these step-by-step direct action guides to mobilize around an issue.
For the past decade, there has been a growing chorus of voices comprised of citizens, politicians and healthcare leaders calling for attention to the conflicts of interest in medicine. These conflicts of interests have led to an erosion of trust that is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship. Medical schools and academic medical centers have played a powerful leadership role in setting new standards for the profession.
In 2007, The American Medical Student Association AMSA released the first Scorecard. The Scorecard has been updated over time, and we are proud of the rigorous and transparent methodology used to assess medical school policies. All policies will be blinded and rated by multiple reviewers for the core policy domains. Please visit the methodology section of the AMSA Scorecard for full details on these policy domains and rating system.