AMA Wire

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

For Medical Students

Florida, New Jersey pledge increased funding for GME

Advocates hoping to preserve funding for graduate medical education (GME) received good news, at least at the state level, when the governors of Florida and New Jersey proposed budgets that commit more money to GME.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott in February pledged an increase in funding for new residency training positions, bringing that state's total GME support to $80 million, as reported in Modern Physician (free subscription login required). Later, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie announced that New Jersey will up its GME budget by $10 million, reflecting an 11 percent increase, to cover increases in salaries, benefits and faculty costs.

The AMA continues to advocate for the preservation of GME funding, joining the Association of American Medical Colleges in a new ad campaign urging Congress to fight cuts to federal funding that supports doctor training at America's teaching hospitals. Visit the AMA's Save GME website to find out how you can help.

Join a convention committee for next AMA-MSS meeting

Help make this year's AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) Annual Assembly Meeting a success by joining one of the section's meeting convention committees. Applications for joining the committees are due March 29. Visit the convention committee Web page to access more information and an application.

The meeting will take place June 13–15 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago prior to the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates. Below is a list of other due dates for materials related to the AMA-MSS meeting:

  • Ideas for educational sessions: March 8
  • Draft resolutions and checklist: April 19
  • School of the Year Award applications: April 30
  • Final resolutions: May 4
  • Applications for AMA-MSS Governing Council positions: May 17
  • Meeting registration for delegates and alternate delegates: May 23
  • Meeting registration for non-voting participants: June 3

Attend the American Physician Scientists Association Annual Meeting

All medical students are encouraged to attend this year's American Physician Scientists Association Annual Meeting, which will take place April 26–28 in Chicago.

The meeting will feature presentations from Nobel laureates Shinya Yamanaka, MD, winner of the 2012 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology, and Stanley Prusiner, MD, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology. In addition, residency directors from programs around the country will be present at a residency luncheon during the meeting.

Learn more about the meeting.

Enjoy savings on USMLE, COMLEX prep guides

Are you prepared to score high on the upcoming United States Medical Licensing Exam (USMLE) or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination (COMLEX)? AMA members receive discounts of up to 25 percent off the list price on medical student resources such as First Aid for the USMLE and First Aid for the COMLEX. Visit the AMA Bookstore to take advantage of these discounts.

Don't miss out on valuable resources for AMA members. Renew your membership or join the AMA today to begin to take advantage of them.

Minority students: Join the AMA Minority Affairs Section

AMA member minority medical students are invited to be part of the AMA Minority Affairs Section (MAS), a group of physicians and medical students dedicated to addressing the issues and concerns of underrepresented U.S. physicians and improving the health of minority populations.

The AMA-MAS is guided by a nine-member governing council that includes three at-large members and one representative each from the AMA Medical Student Section, the AMA Resident and Fellow Section and the AMA Young Physicians Section. The AMA-MAS also maintains an ongoing liaison with national ethnic medical associations through the three positions reserved for the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Medical Association and the Association of American Indian Physicians.

Overall, the AMA-MAS strives to:

  • Increase the number of underrepresented minority medical students and physicians.
  • Provide an AMA forum for networking and grassroots advocacy on minority issues.
  • Eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities and improve the status of minority health in the United States.
  • Promote workforce diversity and cultural competence in the profession.
  • Expand the number and influence of minority physicians in the AMA.
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration with minority physician medical associations and other relevant organizations.
  • Provide advice and counsel on minority issues to the AMA Board of Trustees and to AMA councils.

All AMA member minority medical students are encouraged to be part of the AMA-MAS. Fill out the AMA-MAS online membership form to get started.