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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.

MSS Virtual Reference Committee

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

Access the Virtual Reference Committee

Resolution Writing Guide

Effective policy is focused, flexible, and forward-looking. Before submitting a resolution, all authors must read the AMA-MSS Resolution Guide (available soon). Please also read the Resolution Alternatives to broaden your understanding of other ways to further MSS policy.

2016 Interim Meeting Resolution Deadlines

MSS Virtual Reference Committee opens September 28 and closes October 14.

All deadlines expire at 11:59 PM PST.

AMA-MSS Internal Policy Objectives

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 optimization of burdensome regulations and the promotion of diversity within the medical profession; and
  • Addressing emergent public health threats with impactful and evidence-based solutions.

AMA-MSS Resolution Template and Formatting Guide

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.

Regional Delegate Contact Information

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.

Parliamentary Procedures

Familiarize yourself with the parliamentary procedure AMA-MSS follows at its meetings.

Have a Question? (MSS Delegates and Staff Contact Information)

Questions? We're here to help!

Please contact any of the following with questions about any aspect of the MSS resolution or policy-making process: