AMA-MSS Resolutions and Policy Actions
Thank you for your interest in Medical Student Section(MSS) Policy and resolutions. Resolutions are essentially proposals for new policy positions that you think the MSS or the AMA House of Delegates should support.
In order to create dynamic policy, MSS members may submit resolutions on important topics in medicine that existing AMA policy and MSS policy currently do not address. Alternatively, students wishing to have the MSS or AMA act on existing policies should submit an MSS GC Action Item, which asks the leadership of the MSS to use policy to initiate change.
To take part in this process, students need to know some general information and become familiar with specific procedures. To help in these steps, the following is a list of important resources, deadlines, and other information that authors should review before authoring a resolution.
If you are new to the resolution writing process and would like to work with an experienced member of the MSS to help craft your resolution, please contact Sarah Mae Smith, MSS Delegate.
The MSS has utilized a completely Virtual Reference Committee (VRC), in lieu of the traditional live reference committee hearing, since the 2014 annual meeting. The VRC enables students to access, review, and comment on resolutions in advance of the Assembly.
AMA members may comment, or "testify," on items of business. All comments are considered by the Reference Committee, who subsequently drafts a final report available for review by MSS members one week before the Assembly convenes. This report serves as the basis for extraction, discussion and voting at the MSS Assembly Meeting.
The Virtual Reference Committee streamlines the policymaking process of the MSS and gives interested delegates and other MSS members equal opportunity to provide testimony regardless of one’s ability to attend the Meeting.
Comments to the VRC should be prepared as if they are being presented to the Reference Committee and include specific suggestions for changes, if appropriate. Comments ought not be directed at previous comments or individuals. Please sign all comments with your full name. If you list your position or school, note you are doing so in an individual capacity. Only list your local section, region, or state if you have approval to speak on behalf of that group.
Reference Committee opens September 28 and closes October 14
Effective policy is focused, flexible, and forward-looking. Before submitting a resolution, all authors must read the AMA-MSS Resolution Guide . Please also read the Resolution Alternatives to broaden your understanding of other ways to further MSS policy.
MSS Virtual Reference Committee opens September 28 and closes October 14.
- August 31: Deadline to post ideas on MSS Open Forum; Deadline for authors to share ideas with Region Delegation Chair
- Region 1 Delegation Chair- Katie Marsh, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Region 2 Delegation Chair- Ryan Denu, email@example.com
- Region 3 Delegation- Jerome Jeevarajan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Region 4 Delegation Chair- Jacob Burns, email@example.com
- Region 5 Delegation Chair- Adriana Coleska, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Region 6 Delegation Chair- Wan Thamolwan Surakiatchanukul, Ts5nf@virginia.edu
- Region 7 Delegation Chair- Samia Osman, email@example.com
- September 7: Draft resolutions and checklists due to MSS Delegate; Authors to reach out to Specialty Societies [external resolutions only]
- September 14: Preliminary scoring on draft resolutions released to authors
- September 21: Final resolutions and checklists due to Section Delegate; authors to respond via email to comments by primary reviewers
- September 28: VRC opens
- October 14: VRC closes
- November 4: Reference Committee Report released
- November 10-12: 2016 Interim Meeting, Orlando, FL
All deadlines expire at 11:59 PM PST.
The following issues have been identified by your Delegates as significant, timely and relevant to medical student advocacy. If you are considering writing a resolution but have not yet settled on a subject, please consider addressing one of the following topics:
- Pursuing innovative mechanisms to improve medical student wellness and mitigate burnout
- Cultivating the delivery of equitable healthcare to diverse patient populations in a dynamic environment, including via promotion of diversity within the medical profession
- Addressing emergent public health threats with impactful and evidence-based solutions
Please note that all AMA-MSS resolutions must be written and submitted on the AMA-MSS resolution template.
Any resolutions received that do not follow this template will be returned to their author and not accepted until properly formatted.
The MSS Policy Analyst has created a resolution formatting guide to help new authors understand proper formatting protocol.
In accordance with the resolution checklist, authors are required to contact their regional delegates about their resolutions. Please see the Region Leaders page for contact information.
Familiarize yourself with the parliamentary procedure AMA-MSS follows at its meetings.