An emergency resolution was presented, and new officers were elected during the Medical Student Section (MSS) meeting in San Diego.
Among the highlights of the meeting:
- Stephanie Strohbeen was elected as chair-elect of the MSS Governing Council.
- Blake Elizabeth Murphy was elected as the medical student member to the Board of Trustees.
- Fourteen educational programs were hosted by the MSS section.
- Brian Vandenberg, general counsel, delivered a keynote speech to the MSS assembly. His speech focused on advocacy and current legal issues the AMA is involved in.
- Over 700 medical students participated in the interim meeting.
MSS brought forward an emergency resolution titled “Opposition to collecting DNA of immigrants and refugees,” prompted by the recent federal rule to collect and store the DNA of refugees, asylum seekers and undocumented immigrants. This resolution was immediately forwarded to the House of Delegates (HOD) and asks the AMA to oppose this DNA collection and storage from undocumented immigrants for nonviolent immigration-related crimes without non-coercive informed consent.
MSS also passed several resolutions that will be transmitted to the HOD at the 2020 Annual Meeting in Chicago. Among these are:
- Amendment to truth and transparency in pregnancy counseling centers (H-420.954) which asks the AMA to amend existing policy to further strengthen our AMA policy against the dissemination of purposely incomplete or deceptive information intended to mislead patients and the utilization of state and federal funds for potentially biased services provided by pregnancy counseling centers.
- Medical licenses for individuals with DACA status which asks the AMA to support the ability of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients to obtain medical licenses and encourages state medical societies to consider a position of support for these individuals to obtain medical licenses in their respective states.
- Racism as a public health threat which asks the AMA to acknowledge that historic and present racist medical practices have caused and continue to cause harm to marginalized communities and recognize racism in its systemic, cultural, interpersonal, and other forms, as a serious threat to public health, to the advancement of health equity, and a barrier to appropriate medical care. Additionally, this resolution will call on the AMA to identify a set of best practices to address and mitigate the effects of racism.