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Medical Student Section (MSS) Advocacy & Policy

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The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) provides useful resources for its members. Student leaders create informational issue briefs and presentations that provide a brief summary of issues of importance to its members. For additional information on these topics, please contact the MSS.

Graduate Medical Education (GME) Advocacy

The Balanced Budget Act of 1997 capped the number of resident physicians each teaching hospital could claim for reimbursement under Medicare. Since Medicare does not reimburse teaching hospitals for training residents beyond the capped number of GME slots, core GME training programs have experienced minimum growth. In order to ensure an adequate number of physicians are available to meet the future needs of the U.S. population, the cap on GME slots must be lifted and adequate GME funding must be protected.

  • Save GME: Let your congressional leaders know the importance of GME to the future of U.S. health care. Visit the AMA’s "Save GME Campaign" website to learn more.
  • GME Congressional Issue Brief (PDF): This handout describes why adequate GME funding must be protected and the cap on residency positions must be lifted.
  • Top Ten Reasons to Protect GME (PDF): This document explains the essential role that residents play in providing health care in the U.S.

Find more information on what AMA is doing to advocate for graduate medical education.

Medical Student Debt Advocacy

By 2020, the U.S. will face a physician shortage of 91,500 that will increase to 130,600 across all specialties by 2025, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies. An acute physician shortage will have a profound impact on health care access, quality and costs, especially for Americans who are already underserved. With an average medical school graduate indebtedness of $176,348, debt plays a major role in career decisions and impacts the supply of our nation’s physicians.

Student Debt Congressional Issue Brief (PDF): This handout describes the problem of medical student debt and how it can be addressed.

MSS Policy

Policies adopted by the MSS Assembly provide a framework for the priorities and activities of the section.  MSS policies are distinct from the official policies of the American Medical Association, which are set by the AMA House of Delegates.

Research existing AMA policy at AMA PolicyFinder.

There are several ways to research and review MSS policy:

Find a compendium of the summary of MSS Assembly actions from the Annual and Interim meetings dating from 1999-2016 in the MSS Proceedings (PDF).

Review MSS Issue Briefs and Presentations

The MSS leadership creates informational issue briefs and presentations that provide summaries of issues of importance to its medical student members. For additional information on these topics, please email the MSS at [email protected]

Submit an Action Item

The MSS Governing Council wants every MSS member's voice to be heard. To help us give proper attention to each member's ideas, we have created this online “Action Item Request” form. If you have a concern or new idea you would like addressed or brought to the attention of the AMA, just fill out the form.

Submit a Governing Council Action Item Request.

Find tips on how to submit a resolution.

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