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Government Relations Advocacy Fellow

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GRAF Opportunity

The Medical Student Section (MSS) Government Relations Advocacy Fellow (GRAF) has the opportunity to be a full-time paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for 1 year. The position is based in Washington, D.C., and requires that the student take off 1 year from medical school. The fellow reports to the AMA's Director of the Division of Legislative Counsel.

GRAF Responsibilities

A key goal of the fellowship is to educate medical student, resident and young physician AMA members about issues in public health and health policy in order to encourage activism and leadership in local communities. Examples of duties and assignments for the Fellow include:

  • Research and analyze current issues in health and medical education policy.
  • Travel to medical schools around the U.S. to engage membership and develop leaders.
  • Attend briefings and networking events both alone and alongside AMA staff to represent the organization.
  • Plan and organize the annual Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Work closely with other MSS committees on national campaigns, such as SaveGME Week.
  • Meet and work with leaders in health care policy and advocacy to implement the AMA's action plan on key issues.
  • Speak to medical students and resident physicians to inform them about public health and policy issues.
  • Help the MSS develop and communicate its policy agenda.
  • Provide regular legislative updates to MSS leadership and the MSS assembly.
  • Develop talking points, letters, educational presentations and other advocacy documents.

Meet the Current GRAF

After completing 3 years of medical school at Texas A&M, William Estes is serving as GRAF in Washington, D.C. William believes it is “a privilege to reside at the apex of the American government, entrusted to bring back everything I can to medical students across the United States.” His professional interest is in psychiatry with plans to practice in rural Texas, advocating for those with severe mental illness. Additionally, his policy interests include prescription drug price transparency, fiscal policy and Medicare/Medicaid reform.

As GRAF, William will be speaking at various schools to promote engagement in medicine and medical student advocacy as part of the AMA’s Succeeding In Medical School (SIMS) program. He believes that “physician and medical student participation in the political process is indispensable to the health of the American people,” and looks forward to sharing this message.

To relax, William enjoys playing classical piano, reading American history and spending time with his family and their dogs. Contact your current GRAF, William Estes, at [email protected] for more information.

Previous GRAFs

Christopher Clifford, 2016-2017
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Alicia Smith, 2015–2016
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine

Taylor DesRosiers, 2014–2015
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

William Pearce, 2013–2014
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

John Corker, 2012–2013
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine

Abby Daniel, 2011–2012
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Nick Rohrhoff, 2010–2011
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

T.R. Eckler, 2009–2010
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Emergency Medicine

Patrick Woodard, 2008–2009
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Kunal Mitra, 2007–2008
Duke University School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Peter Ragusa, 2006–2007
University of Minnesota Medical School, Emergency Medicine

Heather Smith, 2005–2006
University of Massachusetts Medical School, OB/GYN

Steven Burdine, 2004–2005
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Family Medicine/Primary Care Sports Medicine

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