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Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013

For Medical Students

Students answer call, tell Congress: Don't cut GME

AMA medical students and residents from throughout the country recently connected with congressional leaders to help preserve graduate medical education (GME) financing. As part of its ongoing SaveGME advocacy campaign, the AMA launched "Save GME Action Week" Aug. 26-30 to voice opposition to proposed cuts of $11 billion to GME financing amidst a national physician shortage. 

During the week, students and residents from more than 50 medical schools participated in more than 40 legislative visits with lawmakers from more than 20 states. Additionally, participants sent more than 7,100 letters to Congress in an effort to highlight the importance of residency training.

As part of continued efforts, the AMA has organized a Save GME Video Contest. Interested students and residents are asked to answer the question "How would GME cuts affect me?" in a 30-60 second video. Visit SaveGME online for additional information.

Additionally, with crucial GME budgetary discussions forthcoming, AMA members are encouraged to continue urging Congress to Save GME by taking action via email or letter. 

TCOM-UNTHSC wins latest AMA-MSS award

Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine at the University of North Texas Health Science Center (TCOM-UNTHSC) is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) "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.

TCOM-UNTHSC won for their "Orientation Week Recruitment Dinner" event held in July. The event was held on the first night of orientation week for the incoming first-year medical students. The local medical student section presented an overview of the AMA and the Texas Medical Association (TMA), and the Tarrant County Medical Society spoke about the benefits of being involved in organized medicine. AMA materials were displayed, and 85 students joined the AMA, TMA and the county medical society at the event.

The AMA provided funding for food at the event. Visit the Event of the Month Web page for a detailed description.

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.

Celebrate Women in Medicine Month with the AMA

The AMA and physicians around the country this month are celebrating women's accomplishments in the medical profession, just weeks before the AMA's new Women Physicians Section (WPS) gets off the ground with its inaugural meeting Nov. 16 in National Harbor, Md.

"As we observe Women in Medicine Month this September, we have much to celebrate: greater numbers of women in the profession, self-giving mentors who encourage us along the way and advances in women's health," AMA President Ardis Dee Hoven, MD, writes in her latest blog post. "But much work remains."

Dr. Hoven cites some of the work that the section, formerly known as the Women's Physicians Congress, has accomplished to advance women's health. She also notes that getting involved in the AMA-WPS is an excellent way to promote such key issues for women physicians as work-life balance and gender inequality in physician salaries.

In honor of Women in Medicine Month, post an AMA flier commemorating the month at your institution and get involved in the AMA-WPS. If you're not a member, join the AMA today.