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AMA Medical Students Section: 2015 Interim Meeting Highlights

At this year's National Medical Student Meeting over the weekend in Atlanta, 750 medical students were in attendance from every year of medical school and many institutions across the country.

The AMA Medical Students Section (MSS) programs included advising on how to get published and succeed in a research career, an introduction to the fundamentals of advocating for Graduate Medical Education funding and empowering medical students to engage in conversations about end-of-life care. In addition, the MSS welcomed keynote speaker Tao Le, MD, to provide advice on USMLE Step 1.

At the 13th annual AMA Research Symposium on Friday, nearly 400 medical students, residents and fellows, and international medical graduates presented posters on their research. Winners were announced Friday evening, and the following medical students were recognized:

Overall Winners

  • Poster: Maxine Warren, Emory University School of Medicine
  • Podium: Kishor Jayakumar, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Category Winners

  • Biochemistry: Michael Lause, Ohio State University College of Medicine
  • Clinical outcomes: Kathleen Wiest, University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine
  • Immunology: Eun Beattie, SUNY School of Medicine, Buffalo
  • Improving Health Outcomes: Taylor Wallen, Central Michigan College of Medicine
  • Neurobiology: Tanya Khasnavis, Medical College of Georgia School of Medicine
  • Public Health: Nicole Sitkin, Yale University School of Medicine
  • Radiology: Fazila Aseem, Wake Forest University School of Medicine
  • Surgery: Jae Kim, University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Also on Friday, the MSS National Service Project partnered with the Minority Affairs Section and together conducted two successful Doctors Back to School™ visits at local elementary schools in Atlanta. Over 40 medical student volunteers presented entertaining exhibits to the students, teaching healthy eating, anti-bullying, asthma, safety and exercise. The visits encourage minority students to consider a career in medicine.

The AMA-MSS considered topics including clinical documentation and studying the use of incentives to increase the national organ donor pool. The reference committee had drafted a final reference committee report using testimony presented online via its Virtual Reference Committee.

This year represented the 4th implementation of the completely virtual testimony process. The Virtual Reference Committee generated more than 242 posts and offered the opportunity for all medical student members to provide testimony on the items of business, regardless of whether they were able to attend the meeting.

The clinical skills workshop was held on Saturday afternoon and drew a crowd of approximately 200 medical students. It featured hands-on training in airway management, blood pressure checks, ultrasound administration, casting and suturing.

The section elected Omar Maniya, Georgetown University School of Medicine, to the AMA Board of Trustees 2016-2017 and Christopher Libby, University of Massachusetts Medical School, as MSS Governing Council Chair-Elect 2016-2017.

Meeting Agenda
Meeting Registration

Online registration closed. On-site registration is available throughout the meeting for those still wishing to attend.

Important Meeting Materials

For information on meeting related deadlines, please visit the Meetings and Events page.

Hotel Accommodations

The AMA will have two hotels for the 2015 Interim Meeting:  The Marriott Atlanta Marquis and the Hilton Atlanta.  The National Medical Student meeting will take place in the Hilton Atlanta. Make your reservation soon – only limited space is available in the AMA room block

Airfare Discount

Airline discounts are available on United Airlines.

Upon booking your flight, complete the following::

  • Enter origin, destination, and travel dates
  • Enter ZTXM362176 in Offer Code box

Available flights will be displayed. When an available flight is selected the discounted fare will automatically be calculated. The discount is valid for travel three days prior to and three days after the official meeting dates.

A discount may also be obtained by calling United Airlines Meetings at 800-426-1122 (a service fee will apply) and mention code ZTXM and Agreement code 362176.

Meeting Ideas

Have an idea for a program at the 2015 National Medical Student Interim Meeting? This is the place to share your thoughts. Topics at Interim 2015 should focus on:

  • Clinical workshops
  • Resources for clinical rotations
  • Social media
  • Residency panel
  • Pharma
  • Step prep
  • Technology and innovation
  • AMA Focus Areas (improving patient health, medical education, helping physician practices)

Provide the MSS with your ideas for programming at the National Medical Student Interim Meeting by filling out the Meeting Programming Ideas Submission Form

While we do our best to fit in every program, space is limited, so we cannot guarantee any program request submitted. If you have any questions, please contact your Speaker, Trishna Narula, your Vice Speaker, Theresa Phan, or the MSS. Please submit all ideas by August 15.

Convention Committees

For information on MSS convention committees, visit the convention committee page


For information to apply for AMA-MSS postions, visit the MSS National Leadership Positions page.

AMA Research Symposium

For information on the symposium and submission procedures, visit the AMA Research Symposium page.


Past Assembly Meetings

For information on past MSS Assembly meetings, please visit the past meetings page.