Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013
For Medical Students
Save GME Action Week: Protect residency training
Medical students from nearly 50 medical schools across the nation are meeting with lawmakers this week, urging them to protect funding for graduate medical education (GME).
Part of the AMA's Save GME grassroots campaign, Save GME Action Week, taking place Aug. 26–30, will intensify the concerted efforts of medical students, residents and others in the medical profession to dissuade lawmakers from targeting funding for residency programs as a means to help reduce the federal deficit.
Now is an ideal time for medical students and residents to reach out to their lawmakers while they are in their home states listening to constituents during the congressional recess. Even if you can't meet with your representative and senators in person, you can send them an email or call them via the AMA's grassroots hotline at (800) 833-6354.
Federal caps on residency slots already have exacerbated the looming physician shortage—expected to reach 130,000 by 2025—and have kept hundreds of U.S. medical school graduates from completing their training and international medical graduates from entering the nation's physician workforce. Last year more than 500 U.S. medical school graduates were not matched to a residency program, a number that is expected to grow each year.
Apply by Oct. 4 for AMA-MSS Governing Council chair
If you're interested in expanding your leadership role in organized medicine, consider applying for chair of the 2013-2014 AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Governing Council.
The chair oversees the council, provides direction for AMA-MSS initiatives and represents the section in vital forums. Applications are due Oct. 4.