AMA-MSS Region 2 Meetings
2013 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting
The 2013 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting was held Apri. 5-6, 2013, in Kansas City, Mo. The theme this year was: Bedside to Curbside: Turning medicine into policy.
The festivities started Friday evening at Kelly’s Westport Inn for those students who had arrived early. This year’s meeting had a great turnout with over 90 medical students in attendance. Saturday morning was kicked off bright and early with a community service project at Hope Faith Ministries. Students broke into groups and helped serve breakfast to approximately 1,000 homeless men, women, and children from the Kansas City area. Students then moved over to the KCUMB campus for a Meet & Greet session and complimentary breakfast. Samir Kashyup, Region II Vice-Chair and KCUMB student, welcomed students on behalf of the Region and introduced Dr. John Dougerty, Associate Dean for Clinical Education & Medical Affairs at KCUMB, who welcomed students to the KCUMB campus. The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellow, John Corker, provided a very informative update from Capitol Hill especially focusing on the post-sequestration cuts. Following Mr. Corker’s legislative update, Amy Guerich and Ken Eaton from the Financial Planning Association of Greater Kansas City provided students with a great overview of financial planning and contract negotiation in their presentation entitled, “Planning Your Financial Future.” Students took a break to enjoy some Oklahoma Joe’s BBQ and then finished up the lunch hour with a very informative and candid panel of current residents and fellows.
Dr. Michael Tansey, Professor of Economics at Rockhurst University, kicked off the afternoon with his presentation, “Healthcare Reform and the Changing Roles of Health Professionals.” Then followed AMA-MSS Chair, LeAnne Roberts, who updated attendees on the business of the MSS. Next, students attended a clinical skills workshop where they learned and practiced skills in casting, creating some works of art. The afternoon then came to a conclusion with the Region II business meeting. Later that evening, students meet for a social and networking event at Harpo’s. Overall, the meeting was a huge success!
2012 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting
The 2012 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting was held Jan. 13-15, 2012, in Madison Wis., hosted by the AMA Medical Student Section at the University of Wisconsin Madison School of Medicine and Public Health. The theme this year was: Bedside to Curbside: Turning medicine into policy.
Over 65 medical students attended the meeting which began with The University of Wisconsin School of Medicine's Chapter President, Dina Marie Pitta, graciously hosting a networking event at her home. Saturday morning started with a welcome from Patrick Remington, MD, MPH as he discussed the difficulties that are faced when new ideas or changes are implemented. He showed the results of a public opinion survey in an afternoon session when he challenged students to figure out the line of where government should control our bodies. Dr. Remington and WI State Representative Chris Taylor talked about their respective roles of bridging the gap between medicine and policy. They gave numerous examples of how physicians and students can get involved and discussed some of the barriers. The keynote, WI State Representative Kelda Helen Roys, discussed her key role in the passage of the Healthy Youth Act and reiterated the key collaboration with physicians. AMA-MSS Chair T.R. Eckler laid out the structure of the AMA-MSS and helped students understand the value of their commitment to our AMA-MSS and policy. Jordan Van Lare, the student member of the AMA Board of Trustees, discussed where the need lies after policy passes and how legislation is only the beginning. Former AMA Board of Trustee Cyril "Kim" Hetsko brought detailed insight into the PPACA and his role in organized medicine while giving students a list of resources to keep them informed on the issues. A free sandwich bar and residency panel discussion gave students the opportunity to talk informally about the residency trail and how to get involved in policy as a resident.
The afternoon sessions were filled with thought-proving questions and debate. We heard about debt management, resolution writing, controversial issues in health policy, the policies of social justice, lobby day, coalition building, and personal freedoms vs. public health.
The regional meeting gave leaders the opportunity to check in with chapters, revisit previous set goals and make new ones. Students watched a short presentation about running a campaign in the AMA-MSS and were encouraged to consider a leadership role. A few students even solicited some support or ideas for their resolutions in the works.
The Region's Committee on Community Service put on a great event with the health literacy network.
2011 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting
The 2011 AMA-MSS Region 2 Meeting was held March 11-13, 2011, in Kansas City, hosted by the AMA-MSS chapter at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences (KCUMB). The theme was "Crossroads in Medicine"--since physicians today have more career options open to them than ever before (clinicians, educators, researchers, administrators, politicians, etc.). The goal for the convention was to present medical students with a myriad of ways that they can utilize their education. To that end, the region hosted three great speakers: Dr. Bridget McCandless (medical director of the Jackson County Free Health Clinic), Dr. Edward Friedlander (Chair of Pathology at KCUMB), and Dr. Nicholas Comninellis (Assistant Clinical Professor of Community; Family Medicine at UMKC and founder of the Institute for International Medicine [INMED]). They also had three members of the AMA Governing Council give updates on AMA activities. In addition the region offered a Resident Panel, a Core Disaster Life Support course, and a Clinical Skills Fair. For the community service project on March 13, they held a health fair for underprivileged children and their parents at the Mattie Rhodes Center.