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Event of the Month Award

The AMA's Section Involvement Grant (SIG) program will select one event every month as recipient of the "Event of the Month" award. To be eligible for the award, AMA medical student sections must submit a Follow-up Form and photos within 30 days of their event. At the end of the school year, all monthly awards will be showcased at the AMA Annual Meeting and will be voted on by students for one "Event of the Year" winner.

Congratulations to the following monthly winners!

Specialty Speed Dating - U. of Toledo

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences won for their Specialty Speed Dating event held in February. The local AMA medical student section offers this event annually for first- and second-year AMA medical student members. Thirty physicians representing a variety of specialties engaged with sixty preclinical medical students and shared experiences and offered guidance as they asked questions and learned about the specialties before starting rotations in their third year.

Every year, U. of Toledo medical students become AMA members to have the opportunity to participate in this valuable networking event and gain professional development. The AMA provided funding for dinner.

Residency Fair Speed Dating Event - U. of Arkansas

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine won for their Residency Fair Speed Dating Event held in January. The local AMA medical student section worked with local residency programs to offer the medical students the opportunity to speak directly with residents and attendings, and learn more about each specialty. Prior to the event, the medical students ranked their interested programs and the local section prepared 15-minute time slots for each student with their top five program choices.

This event allowed students to establish relationships with the local residency programs, and many have started working with the residents and attendings at their clinics. U. of Arkansas plans to continue hosting this event yearly. The AMA provided funding for dinner at the event.

SaveGME Letter Writing Campaign - U. of Toledo

The University of Toledo College of Medicine and Life Sciences won for their “SaveGME Letter Writing Campaign” event held in December. The local section leaders worked with the AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellow (GRAF), William Pearce, and the AMA’s SaveGME grassroots campaign to mail letters to their local congresswoman urging Congress to prevent GME funding cuts. The section printed letters from the AMA’s SaveGME website and received signatures and personal addendums from 300 medical students, PA/nursing students, faculty and physicians from the school.

The AMA provided funding for printing and postage. Local sections interested in replicating this event should contact the AMA GRAF, William Pearce, at william.pearce@ama-assn.org.

AMA: From Student to Physician - Columbia University

Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons won for their recruitment event, “AMA: From Student to Physician,” held in November. The local section leaders coordinated this event to educate their classmates about AMA opportunities that extend throughout medical school, residency and when they become a practicing physician. Dr. Michael Knight, a local physician, was invited to speak about his involvement in the AMA. Dr. Knight shared how the AMA assisted with growing his career, from his start as a medical student, to his transition into residency, to his future as an established attending. Following his presentation, Dr. Knight held an interactive Q&A discussion session with the students.

The event attracted almost 100 students, and encouraged a few first-year students to attend the AMA-MSS Interim Meeting later in the month. The local section leaders sent follow up communication to the student attendees with event highlights, membership benefits and involvement opportunities. The AMA provided funding for dinner at the event.

Health Eating & Diabetes Support Group - St. Louis University SOM

St. Louis University School of Medicine won for their “Health Eating & Diabetes Support Group” event in which they partnered with Washington Tabernacle Baptist Church to create a support group for individuals and families living with diabetes. The support group sessions are held twice per month from October through June, and include education workshops with lectures by St. Louis University physicians and cooking demonstrations led by dietetic interns.

The local AMA medical student section has also established a medical student interest group dedicated to diabetes outreach to recruit new student leaders every year to continue coordinating the sessions and partnership with the St. Louis diabetes community. This event aligns with the AMA’s goal to improve health outcomes for two of the nation’s most prevalent issues: Cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes. The AMA provided funding for dinner at the sessions.

Healthcare Reform Debate - UIC

The University of Illinois College of Medicine in Chicago won for their "Healthcare Reform Debate" event held in September. UIC's educational event included a debate on healthcare reform with four distinguished speakers: Robert Wah, MD, president-elect of the AMA; Claudia Fegan, MD, CHCQM, FACP, past president of Physicians for a National Health Program and chief medical officer at John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital of Cook County; William Werner, MD, MPH, past president of Chicago Medical Society and Vice President of Clinical Transformation at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center; and Ram Krishnamoorthi, MD, MPH, Illinois State Director of Doctors for America and a teaching attending in Internal Medicine at the Edward Hines Veterans Hospital. The debate focused on what has happened in healthcare reform, the healthcare reform our system still needs, and what is the best way to educate medical students on reform and the healthcare system throughout their careers.

This educational event was open to the medical students, residents, and faculty of UIC as well as the public to have the chance to learn more about healthcare reform. Attendees learned key features and updates on healthcare reform, and an interactive Q&A session with the speakers followed the debate. The AMA provided funding for dinner at the event.

Scavenger Hunt - Rowan University

Rowan University School of Osteopathic Medicine won for their "Scavenger Hunt" recruitment event held in August for the incoming class of medical students during their orientation week. The local medical student section coordinated a variety of tasks for the first-year medical students to complete to help them learn more about their medical school, engage with the upperclassmen students and faculty, and encourage teamwork and effective communication. Examples of the tasks included taking a picture with one of the Deans, finding an upperclassmen student pursuing a DO/PhD degree, and answering questions about their school, the AMA, and the osteopathic profession. Following the scavenger hunt, ice cream was catered from a local company with funds provided by the AMA, and the first-year students received additional information on the AMA and benefits from the upperclassmen members.

Orientation Week Recruitment Dinner - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center won for their "Orientation Week Recruitment Dinner" event held in July. The event was held on the first night of orientation week for the incoming first year medical students. The local medical student section presented an overview of the AMA and the Texas Medical Association (TMA) and the Tarrant County Medical Society spoke about the benefits of being involved in organized medicine. AMA materials were displayed and 85 students joined the AMA, TMA and the county medical society at the event.

The local medical student section at TCOM-UNTHSC shared several factors that contributed to the success of their event, which included advertising through social media, the school website and the incoming class orientation packets, coordinating the event on the first day of orientation, and offering food, music and prize drawings. The AMA provided funding for food at the event.

Healthy Hour - Rowan University

Rowan University-School of Osteopathic Medicine is the latest winner for their "Healthy Hour" event held in May. The local medical student section presented health classes for middle school students on the topics of proper hand washing and healthy eating habits. Three classes were scheduled to reach 60 middle school students. The middle-schoolers participated in several fun activities and learned healthy snack options.

The teachers were very pleased with the outcome and the students of Rowan University really enjoyed working with the middle school students. The local section plans to expand this event to a monthly class and include topics on additional healthy living habits. The AMA provided funding for the healthy snacks distributed at the events.