Wednesday, June 26, 2013
For Medical Students
Florida institution earns "School of the Year" award
The University of South Florida (USF) Morsani College of Medicine has been awarded the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) School of the Year award for its efforts to advance AMA student membership, community service, innovation and advocacy.
USF also was awarded the first Section Involvement Grant Event of the Year award in recognition of its "Wellness Week Boot Camp" event, which offered weekly "boot camp" sessions through which medical students could increase their physical activity.
The event was launched in conjunction with the AMA's fourth annual "Week of Wellness," during which AMA medical student sections throughout the nation implemented projects and held events aimed at promoting four key behaviors to improve health outcomes: maintaining a healthy diet, reducing risky alcohol consumption, quitting smoking and increasing physical activity.
Visit the Section Involvement Grant Web page to learn more about the program and award winners.
Connect with physicians via AMA mentorship program
AMA student members can benefit from the insights of practicing physicians through an online AMA mentorship program.
The AMA Mentorship Initiative pairs medical students and residents with young physicians for a yearlong mentorship that is designed to foster career advancement and leadership development in organized medicine.
Students who are interested in participating should register online (AMA member login required).
Apply by June 30 for AMA advocacy committee
Advance advocacy on key issues for medical students by serving on the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Committee on Legislation and Advocacy. Applications for the 2013-2014 committee are due June 30.
The Committee on Legislation and Advocacy works with the AMA-MSS Governing Council to accomplish specific student advocacy goals, both global and domestic.
One of 11 standing committees of the AMA-MSS, the committee is responsible for creating and maintaining a network of AMA-MSS schools and members to accomplish grassroots political action. The committee also coordinates a campaign at each national meeting to provide strategy, sample letters, talking points, and additional information and resources to fuel grassroots efforts around priority issues.
Each year, the AMA-MSS Governing Council appoints AMA medical student members to serve one-year terms on this and the other 10 committees. Submit an application for consideration by June 30; the AMA-MSS will fill the committees in early July.
Visit the AMA-MSS Web page to learn more about each committee and apply.