Medical Students

Medical Student Section (MSS) guide to writing a resolution

AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) members may submit resolutions on important topics in medicine that existing AMA policy and MSS policy do not address.

Read how the AMA develops policies, the categories of AMA policy and how AMA policies support patient health and physician well being.

Download the MSS Digest of Policy Actions (PDF) for the most recent MSS policy actions.

Submit your topic to the MSS Open Forum

The MSS Open Forum is now open year-round. Post your resolutions ideas on the MSS Open Forum to get feedback from student leadership, collaborate with others interested in your topic and further improve upon your resolution idea.

The deadline to submit an idea on the forum for the 2019 Interim Meeting is Aug. 13.

Resolution writing guide

Effective policy is focused, flexible and forward-looking. Learn what makes a strong resolution by reviewing the MSS resolution writing guide (PDF, members only).

Familiarize yourself with the parliamentary procedure (PDF, members only) the MSS uses during its assembly meetings. Please also read the resolution alternatives (PDF, members only) to broaden your understanding of other ways to further MSS policy.

If you are new to the resolution writing process and would like to work with an experienced member of the MSS to help craft your resolution, please contact Adam Panzer at [email protected] or Nathan Carpenter at [email protected].

Students who wish to have the MSS or AMA act on existing policies should submit a MSS Governing Council Action Item Request, to ask the leadership of the MSS to consider a policy change.

Resolution template

Resolutions must be submitted using the MSS resolution template (Word document, members only). Any resolutions received that do not follow this template will be returned to their author and not accepted until properly formatted.

The MSS policy analyst has created comments on the MSS resolution template to help new authors understand proper formatting protocol.

Comment on resolutions

Access, review, and comment or “testify” on resolutions in advance of the assembly through the Virtual Reference Committee.

Please sign all comments with your full name and position. In your testimony, note whether you are testifying in an individual capacity or on behalf of a group. Only list your school section, region or state if you have approval to speak on behalf of that group.

MSS Virtual Reference Committee

Visit the MSS Virtual Reference Committee for reports, resolutions and the latest discussion topics.

The following issues have been identified as internal policy objectives by your delegates due to their significance, timeliness and relevance to medical student advocacy. If you are considering writing a resolution but have not yet settled on a subject, please consider addressing one of the following topics:

  • Pursuing innovative mechanisms to improve medical student wellness and mitigate burnout
  • Cultivating the delivery of equitable health care to diverse patient populations in a dynamic environment, including via promotion of diversity within the medical profession
  • Addressing emergent public health threats with impactful and evidence-based solutions

2019 Interim Meeting resolution deadlines

Note: All times Central unless otherwise noted

Aug. 13, 2 p.m.: Deadline to post ideas on MSS Open Forum and for authors to share ideas with region delegation chair.

Aug. 25, 11:59 PST : Draft resolutions due. Must be uploaded along with the 2019 Interim draft submission checklist using the 2019 Interim resolution draft submission form.

Sept. 6: Preliminary scoring and comments on draft resolutions released to authors.

Sept. 20, 11:59 PST: Final resolutions due. Must be uploaded along with the 2019 Interim final submission checklist and a copy of the draft submission checklist using the 2019 Interim resolution final submission form.  Authors to respond via email to comments by primary reviewer.

Oct. 2, noon: Virtual Reference Committee (VRC) opens.

Oct. 17, 2 p.m.:  Virtual Reference Committee (VRC) closes.

Nov. 7: Reference Committee Report released.

Nov. 14– 16: National Medical Student Interim Meeting (San Diego, California).