AMA Wire

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

For Medical Students

More primary care residency slots sought in new bill

AMA-supported legislation that would expand the cap on Medicare-supported training slots for doctors by 15,000 positions was introduced last month in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The Resident Physician Shortage Reduction Act of 2012, from Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.), would place an emphasis on expanding residency slots in primary care to alleviate the impending physician shortage, which could swell to 91,000 doctors by 2020. The AMA sent Crowley a letter supporting the bill.

"Raising the resident cap is a critical first step in addressing the doctor shortage; however, we must also ensure our teaching hospitals have all the resources they need to develop a highly trained physician workforce," Crowley said in a press release announcing the bill.

The bill is one of three physician shortage reduction measures currently pending in Congress. The others are the Resident Physician Shortage Act of 2011, and the Resident Physician Shortage Reduction and Graduate Medical Education Accountability and Transparency Act, which would amend title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for the distribution of additional residency positions.

UMKC wins latest AMA-MSS Event of the Month award

The University of Missouri School of Medicine, Kansas City (UMKC) is the September winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) new "Event of the Month" award, which showcases recruitment,  community service, education and AMA-MSS National Service Project events coordinated by individual AMA medical student sections.

UMKC won for its Year 1 recruitment social that resulted in more than 20 students joining the AMA. The first day included a presentation on how to survive in medical school, and the second day included an interactive Q-and-A session with upperclassmen. The AMA provided food for the event, while the Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA) attended and promoted joint AMA and MSMA involvement.

Is your AMA medical student section holding similar events? When you request a grant through the AMA Section Involvement Grant (SIG) program, you are automatically eligible for the "Event of the Month" award, which the AMA selects each month. At the end of the school year, all monthly awards will be showcased in June at the AMA-MSS Annual Assembly Meeting and be voted on by students for one "Event of the Year" winner.

Through the SIG program, the AMA-MSS provides an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:

  • Educate students about the AMA and provide an opportunity for students to get more involved.
  • Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities.
  • Engage in activities that focus on AMA's top priorities.

Inspire local youths during service project event

Medical students attending this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Interim Assembly Meeting, Nov. 8–10 in Honolulu, are invited to participate in an AMA-MSS National Service Project event from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Pacific time Nov. 9 at Kaewai Elementary School as part of the AMA Doctors Back to School™ program.

Medical students will share their personal stories about what led them to the practice of medicine and run healthy lifestyles activity stations, modeled after hospital departments, for about 100 fourth- and fifth-graders. Reserve your spot by Thursday.

Wanted: Medical student rep on NBME panel

Apply by Dec. 1 to serve as the medical student representative on the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) Advisory Committee.

The committee, consisting of academic and medical associations and medical student organizations, is charged with improving communications and enhancing relationships between the medical education community and the NBME in areas of mutual interest. The NBME governs the licensing exams taken by all medical students and physicians.

The medical student representative's role is to present the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) position on important issues and to keep the section informed of changes involving education. Visit the AMA-MSS's National Leadership Positions Web page to apply.

Enjoy a discount on Kaplan Courses

AMA members can save 30 percent on Kaplan's new High Yield on-demand lecture course, an integrated review featuring page references to First Aid. Also save on Kaplan's Qbank with 2,200 questions that fully integrate with a free app on your iPhone® and Android™ phones. Discounted courses include a new Step 2 CK High Yield Course. Visit the Kaplan website to take advantage of these offers.

In addition, Kaplan is giving away free digital Pharmacology flash cards for Step 1 that are accessible on smartphones, tablets or computers. To sign up, students have to register with their email address, medical school and expected year of graduation. Learn more.

Don't miss out on valuable AMA-member benefits such as this. Renew your membership or join the AMA today to begin receiving these benefits.