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Past Meetings

Below are links to highlights of past AMA Medical Student Section national meetings:

2014 Interim Meeting Highlights

Nearly 700 medical students discussed 44 items of business and participated in 13 education programs Nov. 6–8 during this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Assembly Meeting.

The AMA-MSS debated a wide range of topics, and supported policies addressing medical student involvement in handoffs and mobile medical applications.

Education programs covered a range of issues and included a new track schedule which focused on Leadership Development, Health Care Legislation and Advocacy, Innovation in Medical Education and Public Health and Improving Health Outcomes.

The assembly elected William Pearce of the University of South Florida Health Morsani College of Medicine as AMA-MSS chair-elect and Dina Marie Pitta of the University of Wisconsin of Medicine and Public Health as AMA trustee. Their terms will begin in June after the 2015 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

The section also held its 12th annual Research Symposium in conjunction with the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) and the International Medical Graduates Section (IMG). Over 200 students participated in the event. The AMA-MSS awarded poster winners in the following eight categories:

  • Biochemistry/cell biology – Xiaowen Wang, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Cancer biology – Kevin Qin, University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Clinical Outcomes and Healthcare Improvement – Jenny Wang, New York University School of Medicine
  • Immunology/infectious disease/inflammation – Luis Diaz-Aguilar, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Los Angeles
  • Neurobiology/neuroscience – Patrick Davis, Indiana University School of Medicine South Bend
  • Public Health and Epidemiology Johanna Kreafle, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
  • Radiology/Imaging – Jeffrey Fujimoto, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine Los Angeles
  • Surgery/biomedical engineering – Nikita Consul, Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons 

Vlad Codrea was the overall winner of the poster competition and  Megan Beck was the overall podium winner. Congratulations to these winners and all who participated for their impressive research.

2014 Annual Meeting Highlights

Nearly 600 medical students attended this year’s AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Annual Meeting, which took place June 5-7 in Chicago.

The AMA-MSS Assembly considered 47 items of business and drafted a final reference committee report using testimony presented online via its Virtual Reference Committee (AMA login required). This year’s meeting was a pilot this completely virtual testimony, which replaced the traditional live reference committee hearing. 

The Virtual Reference Committee garnered more than 10,400 views and offered the opportunity for all medical students to provide testimony on the items of business, regardless of whether they were able to attend the meeting. The section continues to implement innovative changes in its policy-making process.

The AMA-MSS meeting consisted of more than 25 education programs, covering such topics as community service, health care policy, loan management and leadership. In addition, keynote speaker Jay Kaplan, MD, medical director of the Studer Group, spoke about practicing excellence—how to give great care and feel better at the end of the day. Regina Benjamin, MD, former U.S. surgeon general, also spoke to students about making a difference.

Roughly 50 specialties represented in the AMA House of Delegates attended the 11th annual AMA-MSS Medical Specialty Showcase, which took place Saturday. Students received an introduction to these specialties and materials to help them make informed decisions about their careers.  

Friday saw nearly 40 medical students and physicians participate in a Doctors Back to School™ health and wellness event at Carson Elementary School as part of the AMA-MSS national service project. Medical students and physicians educated Chicago-area students in fourth through eighth grade about entering the medical profession and making healthy lifestyle choices through fun, interactive games and activities.

The 2014–2015 AMA-MSS Governing Council members are:

  • Grayson Wilkes Armstrong, the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, chair
  • Joshua Lesko, Eastern Virginia Medical School, vice chair
  • Mark Kashtan, Medical College of Wisconsin, delegate
  • Paul Pukurdpol, University of Colorado School of Medicine, alternate delegate
  • Ravi Shah, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, at-large officer
  • Laura Stone McGuire, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, speaker
  • Jason Hall, University of Alabama School of Medicine, vice speaker

In addition, Samuel Mackenzie, SUNY Upstate Medical University will begin his term as medical student representative on the AMA Board of Trustees at the close of the 2014 AMA Annual Meeting.

2013 Interim Meeting Highlights

More than 600 medical students discussed 41 items of business and participated in 15 education programs Nov. 14–16 during this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Assembly Meeting.

The AMA-MSS examined a wide range of topics, and supported policies that address medical student mistreatment and the improvement of home health care.

Education programs covered a range of issues, including the residency application process, advocacy techniques, and an update on important legislative issues.  

On Nov. 15, the section hosted its National Service Project. About 40 medical students held a health fair at Glover Park Village in Washington D.C. The medical students helped address the health care needs of senior citizens by providing blood pressure screening, diabetes prevention education, healthy eating suggestions, and memory testing.  

The section also held its 11th annual Research Symposium in conjunction with the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) and the International Medical Graduates Section (IMG). About 220 students participated in the event. The AMA-MSS awarded poster winners in the following eight categories:

  •  Biochemistry/cell biology – Richa Sharma
  •  Cancer biology – Nadine Kaskas
  •  Clinical Outcomes &Healthcare Improvement – Emmanuel Bassily
  •  Immunology/infectious disease/inflammation – Shan Khan
  •  Neurobiology/neuroscience – Stephen Aradi
  •  Public Health and Epidemiology Kimberly Swartz 
  •  Radiology/Imaging – Francis Deng
  •  Surgery/biomedical engineering – Aaron Chance 

Anna Huguenard was the overall winner of the poster competition and  Gregory Joice was the overall podium winner.  Congratulations to these winners and all who participated for their impressive research.  

The assembly elected Grayson Armstrong of Brown University as AMA-MSS chair-elect and Samuel Mackenzie of SUNY Upstate Medical University as AMA trustee. Their terms will begin in June after the 2014 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

2013 Annual Meeting Highlights

Nearly 600 medical students attended this year's AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting, which took place June 13 - 15.

Policy Highlights

The assembly considered more than 30 items of business and drafted a preliminary reference committee report using testimony presented online in a virtual reference committee.

Programming Highlights

The AMA-MSS meeting consisted of more than 20 education programs covering such topics as leadership, advocacy, community service, health care models and systems, and career development.

In addition, keynote speaker Marty Makary, MD, discussed his newest book, Unaccountable: What Hospital's Don't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Healthcare.

On Friday, June 14, over 65 medical students, physicians, and AMA Alliance members participated in a 'Doctors Back to School' Career and Wellness event at Carson Elementary School as part of the AMA-MSS national service project and joint event with the Minority Affairs Section. Medical students and physicians educated nearly 700 3rd - 7th grade students about the AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ Program, which is the focus of the section's national service project through 2014. They also showed them how medicine is an attainable career.

Over 50 specialty societies represented in the AMA House of Delegates attended the tenth annual AMA-MSS Medical Specialty Showcase, which took place June 15th. Specialty representatives provided an introduction to their specialty and offered materials to help medical students make decisions about their career.

Governing Council Elections

The 2013 - 2014 AMA-MSS Governing Council members are:

 

  • Atul Nakhasi, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Chair
  • CJ Cancino, University at Buffalo School of Medicine and and Biomedical Sciences, State University of New York, Vice Chair
  • Andrew C. Rudawsky, University of Toledo College of Medicine, Delegate
  • Michael C. Lubrano, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Alternate Delegate
  • Jessica R. Deslauriers, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, At-large Officer
  • R. David Graham, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Speaker
  • Paul Pukurdpol, University of Colorado School of Medicine, Vice Speaker

In addition, Ryan Ribeira, UC Davis School of Medicine, began his term as medical student representative on the AMA Board of Trustees at the close of the Annual Meeting.

School and Event of the Year

The MSS awarded the School of the Year award to the University of South Florida Morsani for its efforts in advancing membership, community service, innovation, and advocacy. This school was also awarded the new Event of the Year Award for their 'Wellness Week Boot Camp' event.

 

2012 Interim Meeting Highlights

Nearly 500 medical students attended the 2012 AMA-MSS Interim Meeting, held November 8-10, at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Policy Highlights

The assembly considered 31 resolutions and 5 GC reports at the Interim Meeting and created dynamic policy on a wide range of topics, including support for an increase in health policy fellowships and working to reduce medical student loan interest rates. Additionally, the medical student delegates and alternate delegates supported 11 MSS resolutions in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD). The following documents provide a detailed account of all actions taken by the MSS Assembly and the HOD on these medical student issues:

Programming Highlights

Educational Sessions

The MSS meeting consisted of more than 20 educational programs. These programs covered a range of topics including leadership development, cultural competency, patient navigators, and community service.

Medical Specialty Showcase

The MSS held its tenth annual research symposium in conjunction with the AMA Resident and Fellow Section (RFS) and the International Medical Graduates Section (IMG). More than 180 students participated in the event.The AMA-MSS awarded poster winners in the following eight categories:

  • Biochemistry/cell biology - Arasi Kavin Arasar, University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford
  • Cancer biology - Jimmy Yao, Albany Medical College
  • Clinical Outcomes and Healthcare Improvement - Kelly Regan, Ohio State University and Rajani Sharma, UMDNJ-RWJ Medical School Camden
  • Immunology/infectious disease/inflammation - Warren Pan, University of Michigan Medical School
  • Neurobiology/neuroscience - Danielle Zheng, New York University School of Medicine
  • Public Health and Epidemiology - Roman Krivochenitser
  • Radiology/Imaging - Anna Brown, Duke University School of Medicine
  • Surgery/biomedical engineering - Thomas Bemenderfer, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis

Kelly Regan of Ohio State University and Rajani Sharma of UMDNJ Robert Wood Johnson tied for the overall winner of the poster competition. Christopher Bailey of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine was the overall podium winner. Congratulations to these winners and all who participated for their impressive research.

National Service Project

On Friday, November 9th, the Medical Student Section and the Minority Affairs Section hosted a Doctors Back to School™ program, as the National Service Project. Over 40 medical student and physicians reached out to 100 fourth and fifth grade students at Kaewai Elementary School. The medical students and physicians presented healthy lifestyle choices through various activity stations and discussed how medicine is an attainable career.

Elections

The assembly elected Atul Nakhasi of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine as AMA-MSS chair-elect and Ryan Ribeira of University of California, Davis School of Medicine as AMA trustee. Their terms will begin in June after the 2013 Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

2012 Annual Meeting Highlights

Over 600 medical students attended this year’s AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting, held June 14-16, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Policy Highlights

The assembly considered more than 40 items of business and drafted a preliminary Reference Committee report utilizing testimony presented online in a virtual reference committee.

Programming Highlights

Educational Sessions

The MSS meeting consisted of more than 25 educational programs covering such topics as community service, health care policy and economics, and advice for success by residents. In addition, keynote speaker Jeffrey W. Bailet, MD, president of Aurora Medical Group, presented "Follow Your Passion: Leading Change is a Contact Sport."

Medical Specialty Showcase

Over 50 specialties represented in the AMA House of Delegates attended the eighth annual AMA-MSS Medical Specialty Showcase, which took place June 16th. Specialty representatives provided an introduction to their specialty and offered materials to help medical students with their career decision-making.

National Service Project

On June 15, nearly 60 medical students and physicians participated in a Doctors Back to School Career and Wellness event at Malcom X College as part of the AMA-MSS national service project. The medical students educated Chicago-area high-schoolers about the AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ Program, which is the focus of the section's national service project.

Governing Council Elections

Congratulation to the 2012-13 AMA-MSS Governing Council members:

  • LeAnne Roberts, UMDNJ New Jersey Medical School, Chair
  • Michael C. Lubrano, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Vice Chair
  • Eugene B. Cone, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Delegate
  • Abby Daniel, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Alternate Delegate
  • Alexandra Eliot Norcott, Marshall University Joan C. Edwards School of Medicine, At-large Officer
  • David Savage, University of Texas Medical School at Houston, Speaker
  • Raymond Tsai, Stanford University School of Medicine, Vice Speaker

In addition, Malini Daniel of Stanford University School of Medicine began her term as medical student representative on the AMA Board of Trustees at the close of the Annual Meeting.

2011 Interim Meeting Highlights

AMA-MSS Interim Meeting
Nov. 10-12, 2011

Policy Highlights

The assembly considered more than 50 items of business and, drafted a preliminary Reference Committee report utilizing testimony presented online in a virtual reference committee. We continue to encourage medical students to join the Medical Student Online Community to participate in discussion of important issues throughout the year.

Programming Highlights

More than 830 medical students attended the MSS Interim Meeting. Nearly 20 educational programs were held on a range of topics including disaster preparedness, leadership development, writing a research paper, public health, health care reform and much more. Keynote speaker Dr. Karen DeSalvo, Commissioner of Health and Senior Health Policy Adviser to the Mayor, City of New Orleans presented on health system rebuilding in New Orleans, post-Katrina. In an impromptu talk, Dr. Regina Benjamin, Surgeon General of the United States, addressed the Assembly about the importance of being involved and the differences we, as students and future physicians, can make in actual policies through the AMA, as well as patient care as an advocate for our patients.

National Service Project

As part of their National Service Project on Friday afternoon, fifty medical students hosted a health fair for those in need at the New Orleans Mission. Dozens of community members, many homeless or otherwise without health care, took the opportunity to meet with students for basic screenings, education, and discussion. They learned about the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ Program which focuses on four key health behaviors: poor diet, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use. With upper year students teaching first and second years, and New Orleans community members sharing personal experiences, the student volunteers had a truly engaging program that supported the community.

Research Symposium

The 9th Annual Research Symposium was held in conjunction with the Resident and Fellow Section. The event was a great success with over 180 student presenters. The MSS awarded poster winners in the following eight categories:

  • Biochemistry/Cell Biology - Garth Brandal, Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Cancer Biology - Kelsey Pendleton, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Clinical/Epidemiological/Health Care - Angela Johnson and Juan Montoya, University of Toledo College of Medicine
  • Immunology/Infectious disease/Inflammation - Devin West, Saint Louis University School of Medicine
  • Neurobiology/Neuroscience - Kathleen Kassouf, The Ohio State University
  • Organ Systems - Jennifer Mytar, Touro University - College of Osteopathic Medicine, California
  • Radiology/Imaging - Jensen Hart, University of Tennessee
  • Surgery/Biomedical Engineering - Haritha Reddy, University of Michigan

The overall winning poster was presented by Angela Johnson and Juan Montoya, University of Toledo College of Medicine. Allison Dubner, Georgia Health Sciences University and Huy Nguyen, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons tied for first place of the podium competition. Congratulations to these winners and all who participated for their impressive research. A special thanks to our judges from the AMA Sections and Special Groups and local medical schools.

Governing Council and Board of Trustees Elections

We are pleased to announce the election of the MSS Chair-elect, LeAnne Roberts, UMDNJ - New Jersey Medical School, and AMA Trustee Malini Daniel, Stanford University School of Medicine, whose terms commence after the 2012 Annual Meeting.

Save the Date

The 2012 AMA-MSS Annual Meeting will be held June 14-16, 2012, in Chicago. Subscribe to the AMA-MSS Announcements listserv to be notified when more information becomes available. We hope to see you there!

2011 Annual Meeting Highlights

Over 600 medical students attended this year’s AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting, held June 16-18, 2011, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Policy Highlights

The assembly considered more than 50 items of business and, for the first time, drafted a preliminary Reference Committee report utilizing testimony presented online in a virtual reference committee. We continue to encourage medical students to join the Medical Student Online Community to participate in discussion of important issues throughout the year: www.ama-assn.org/go/studentcommunity.

Programming Highlights

Educational Sessions

The MSS meeting consisted of more than 25 educational programs covering such topics as community service, health care policy and economics and advice for success by residents. In addition, the keynote speaker, Phil B. Fontanarosa, MD, MBA, Executive Editor of JAMA and Vice President of Scientific Publications at the AMA spoke on "Constant Information and Instant Communication: At the Personal, Patient, and Publication Levels."

Medical Specialty Showcase

Over 50 specialties represented in the AMA House of Delegates attended the eighth annual AMA-MSS Medical Specialty Showcase, which took place June 18th. Specialty representatives provided an introduction to their specialty and offered materials to help medical students with their career decision-making.

National Service Project

Also June 17th, nearly 40 students participated in a "Health and Fitness Fun"; event at Benton House as part of the AMA-MSS national service project. The students educated the public about the AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ Program, which is the focus of the section's national service project through 2011. They also facilitated healthy lifestyle activities for participants, including exercise sessions, and body mass index and blood pressure screenings for adults.

Governing Council Elections

Congratulation to the 2011-12 AMA-MSS Governing Council members:

  • TR Eckler, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Chair
  • Megan Gayeski, University of Michigan Medical School, Vice Chair
  • Ryan J. Ribeira, University of California Davis School of Medicine, Delegate;
  • Sean Figy, University of Toledo College of Medicine Alternate Delegate;
  • Aaron George, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, At-Large Officer;
  • Raymond Tsai, Stanford University School of Medicine, Speaker; and
  • Grayson Armstrong, Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Vice Speaker

In addition, Jordan VanLare of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons will begin his term as medical student representative on the AMA Board of Trustees at the close of the Annual Meeting.

Save the Date

The 2011 AMA-MSS Interim Meeting will be held November 10-12, 2011, in New Orleans. Subscribe to the AMA-MSS Announcements listserv to be notified when more information becomes available. We hope to see you there!

2010 Interim Meeting Highlights

Nov. 4-6, 2010
Manchester Grand Hyatt
San Diego, California

Programming Highlights

More than 650 medical students attended the 2010 AMA-MSS Interim Meeting, which offered 25 educational programs on a range of topics including leadership development, public health and our health care system, health information technology, medical student debt, and grant research.

Keynote speaker Richard DeBowes, DVM, professor of surgery and Associate Dean for Veterinary Development and External Relations, and Director of the Professional Life Skills Program at Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine, spoke on leadership during times of change.

National Service Project

The AMA-MSS continued its National Service Project by hosting a "Health and Fitness Fun" event at the Mid-City Gym Recreational Center in San Diego. Medical student volunteers engaged community members in exercise and health education activities aimed to teach them about the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ program, which focuses on four key health behaviors: poor diet, physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use.

Research Symposium

More than 100 medical students participated in the Eighth Annual AMA Research Symposium. The following students were named category winners and will each recieve a $100 check:

  • Biochemistry/Cell Biology - Jade Fettig, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Cancer Biology - Steven Lau, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine
  • Clinical/Epidemiological/Health Care - Roberto Emilio Montenegro, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Immunology/Infectious disease/Inflammation - Frank Hebroni, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
  • Neurobiology/Neuroscience - Nima Golchin, University of Iowa School of Medicine
  • Organ Systems - Jamie Johnson, Indiana University School of Medicine
  • Radiology/Imaging - Sandeep Garg, Eastern Virginia Medical School
  • Surgery/Biomedical Engineering - Harold Fogel, Chicago Medical School

Kellie Middleton, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, was awarded first place in the Podium Presentation Competition, and Frank Hebroni, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, was named the overall winner of the Poster Symposium. Ms. Middleton and Mr. Hebroni will each receive a trip to the 2011 AMA-MSS Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Election Results

The AMA-MSS is pleased to announce the election of the AMA-MSS Chair-elect, Thomas R. Eckler, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, and AMA Student Trustee, Jordan VanLare, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, whose terms commence after the 2011 Annual Meeting.

Policy Highlights

The AMA-MSS Assembly considered 52 items of business spanning a wide range of issues, including global health education in medical school, novel ways to address medical education debt, taxes on sugar sweetened beverages, school health standards, and the medical student voice in efforts to improve the National Health Service Corps. Thirty-one of these items were adopted, eighteen of which will be forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates for consideration at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

2010 Annual Meeting Highlights

June 10-12, 2010
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Programming Highlights

Educational programs

More than 700 medical students from across the country attended the 2010 AMA-MSS Annual Meeting, which offered more than 25 educational programs on a range of topics including medicine and the media, surviving and thriving in medical school and residency, benefits of advanced degrees, Healer's Art, and more. A keynote panel explored the history and transformation of medical education in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the "Flexner Report."

Medical Specialty Showcase

The AMA-MSS hosted its 7th Annual Medical Specialty Showcase, which was a resounding success. More than 50 specialty societies represented in the AMA-HOD were on hand to provide an introduction to their specialties and to offer materials to assist medical students in their career decision-making.

National Service Project event

Despite the weather, more than 40 students participated in an outstanding "National Get Outdoors Day" event at Lincoln Park Zoo as part of the AMA-MSS national service project. The students educated the public about the AMA's Healthier Life Steps™ program, the concentration of the Section's national service project through 2011. Hundreds of visitors learned about four key health behaviors - poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and excessive or risky use of alcohol. In addition, medical students facilitated healthy lifestyle activities for children, including exercise sessions, and body mass index and blood pressure screenings for adults.

>Humanities Initiative

The AMA-MSS held its first annual Humanities Initiative, focusing on Empathy through Art and Poetry, at the 2010 AMA-MSS Annual Meeting. Thirty-three medical students from around the country submitted entries for viewing and judging at the AMA-MSS welcome reception. Congratulations to this year's winners:

  • First place: Shawna Bellew, University of Central Florida College of Medicine
  • Second place: Seema Varghese, Michigan State University College of Medicine
  • Third place: Manuel (Trey) Penton, University of South Florida College of Medicine
  • Fourth place: Sonya Hovsepian, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine

Thank you to all who submitted entries, and to those who judged the entries.

Governing Council Elections

The AMA-MSS Assembly elected the following members of the 2010-2011 AMA-MSS Governing Council:

  • Vice Chair: George Salloum, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • Delegate: Steve Lee, Alpert Medical School of Brown University
  • Alternate Delegate: Michael Best, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • At-Large Officer: Busayo Obayan, Boston University School of Medicine
  • Speaker: Andrew Lutzkanin, Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine
  • Vice Speaker: Paul Mayor, Medical College of Georgia

At the conclusion of the meeting, Christopher Bucciarelli, University of Florida College of Medicine, commenced his term as AMA-MSS Chair, and Meredith Williams, Baylor College of Medicine, commmenced her term as student member of the AMA Board of Trustees (BOT). A special thanks to Hans Arora, AMA-MSS Immediate Past Chair, and Justin Mahida, past student member of the BOT, for their outstanding service.

Policy Highlights

The AMA-MSS Assembly considered 35 items of business spanning a wide range of issues, including taxes on medical school tuition, the cost of the USMLE and COMLEX licensing examinations, the role of physician extenders, and the repeal of the "Defense of Marriage Act." Thirty-one of these items were adopted in some form, seventeen of which will be forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates for consideration at the 2010 Interim Meeting in San Diego.

2009 Interim Meeting Highlights

Nov. 5-7, 2009
Hilton Americas-Houston Hotel
Houston, Texas

Programming Highlights

More than 650 medical students attended the 2009 AMA-MSS Interim Meeting, which offered 25 educational programs on a range of topics including leadership skills, community outreach programs, health system reform, medicine and the marketplace, and grant writing. Keynote speaker Catherine DeAngelis, MD, MPH, Editor-in-Chief, JAMA, spoke on "Conflicts of Interest in Medicine."

National Service Project

The AMA-MSS kicked-off its 2009-2011 National Service Project, AMA Healthier Life Steps™ Program, by hosting a health fair on Saturday, November 7, at the George R. Brown Convention Center. More than 35 medical student volunteers provided basic health screenings for over 100 adults and educated many more on CPR and stroke, resources for the uninsured, and the four key behaviors of the Program - poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use, and risky use of alcohol.

Research Symposium

More than 70 medical students participated in the Seventh Annual AMA-MSS/RFS Joint Research Symposium. Shaun Patel, University of Michigan Medical School, was awarded the overall poster presentation prize. Kimberly Hoang, Ohio State University College of Medicine, and Nathaniel Schuster, University of Michigan Medical School, were awarded the overall oral presentation prizes in the Basic Science and Clinical Research/Health Policy categories, respectively.

Election Results

The AMA-MSS is pleased to announce the election of the AMA-MSS Chair-elect, Christopher Bucciarelli, University of Florida College of Medicine, and the Medical Student Trustee, Meredith Williams, Baylor College of Medicine, whose terms commence after the 2010 Annual Meeting.

Policy Highlights

The AMA-MSS Assembly considered 35 items of business spanning a wide range of issues, including medical student participation in year-out research programs, medical student involvement in disaster medicine, physician reporting of adverse drug and medical device events, and efforts to quantify medical tort reform, among others. Twenty-one of these items were adopted, fourteen of which will be forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates for consideration at the 2010 Annual Meeting in Chicago.

2009 Annual Meeting Highlights

2009 MSS Annual Meeting
June 11-13, 2009
Chicago, Ill.

Programming highlights

The AMA-MSS held its 31st Annual Meeting on June 11-13 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. More than 600 medical students attended the meeting, which offered more than 25 educational programs on a range of topics including health system reform, residency, student run-clinics, MD/MBA degrees, and mentoring student chapters.

The keynote address was delivered by Geoff Tabin, MD, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah and the John A. Moran Eye Center in Salt Lake City and co-director of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Dr. Tabin spoke about climbing Mt. Everest and his efforts to eradicate world blindness.

The AMA-MSS hosted its 6th Annual Medical Specialty Showcase, which was a resounding success. More than 40 medical specialty societies represented in the AMA HOD provided career advice to a large number of medical students.

Governing Council elections

The AMA-MSS Assembly elected the following 2009-2010 AMA-MSS Governing Council members:

  • Vice Chair - Kristina Maletz, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Delegate - Kevin Blaine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve University
  • Alternate Delegate - Keili Meyer, Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine
  • At-Large Officer - Hayley Fischer, Brody School of Medicine of East Carolina University
  • Speaker - Jennifer Paisley, University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine
  • Vice Speaker - Matthew Okazaki, John A. Burns School of Medicine at the University of Hawaii

At the conclusion of the meeting, Hans Arora, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, commenced his term as AMA-MSS Chair and Justin Mahida, Ohio State University College of Medicine, commmenced his term as Trustee. A special thanks to Michael Chapman, Immediate Past Chair, for his outstanding service.

National Service Project

The 2009 AMA-MSS Annual Meeting marked the last National Service Project (NSP) event for "Covering the Uninsured and Protecting Access to Care." Over 40 medical students traveled to Navy Pier to distribute information about the importance of health system reform and ensuring access to care and about the availability of safety net health services in the Chicago area. The team of students successfully engaged in conversations about health care access and reform with over 300 people over the course of the event.

The AMA-MSS also announced its new NSP focus for 2009-2011: AMA Healthier Life Steps™ Program.

Chapter of the Year

Congratulations to Thomas Jefferson University on being named AMA-MSS Chapter of the Year. The chapter will receive a $500 grant to be used toward chapter activities.

Policy highlights

The AMA-MSS Assembly considered 26 items of business, including 20 resolutions and 6 reports. Issues considered were wide-ranging and included resident work hours, refugee health, price transparency in health care, and a number internal AMA and MSS issues. Seventeen of these items were adopted, eight of which will be forwarded to the AMA House of Delegates for consideration at the 2009 Interim Meeting in Houston.