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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.

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

Save GME

Visit the Save GME website and find out what you can do to let your congressional leaders know the importance of GME to the future of U.S. health care.

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.

Congressional Issue Brief

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.

Actions from the 2017 Assembly Annual Meeting
Summary of MSS Assembly actions 1999-2017

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 and provides an online form to give attention to each member's ideas.

Governing Council Action Item Request

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.

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