The Medical Student Section (MSS) met virtually over the weekend of Nov. 6-8, 2020, with more than 400 students in attendance. Over 150 medical schools and specialty organizations were represented, comprised of over 250 delegates and alternate delegates, as the business of the MSS was addressed over this three-day period.
The MSS considered a total of 152 items of business, with 21 items being debated during the MSS Assembly, and passed several crucial resolutions to help students, physicians, and patients navigate these unprecedented times. Eight resolutions discussed at the MSS section meeting merited immediate forwarding to the Special Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates next weekend, including:
- Advocating for alternatives to immigrant detention centers that respect human dignity
- Support public health approaches for the prevention and management of COVID-19 in correctional facilities
- Protestor protections
- Policing reform
- Support for vote-by-mail
- Support for eviction and utility shut-off moratoriums during public health emergencies
- Expungement and sealing of drug records
- Support for universal internet access
These resolutions will join another MSS-authored resolution passed at 2019 Interim Meeting–Racism as a public health threat–as part of key conversations occurring within the AMA House of Delegates. We congratulate all authors on their thoughtful, well-researched resolutions!
The MSS provided three live educational programs during the meeting and five pre-recorded programs for members to view on the AMA website. Educational topics included:
- USMLE Step 1 pass/fail: Implications on undergraduate medical education and the residency application process
- Building bridges: Repairing trust between health professionals and communities of color
- Incorporating structural competency into medical education
We wish to thank the student organizers and speakers who presented on the educational programs!
Congratulations to the following students who were elected to leadership positions within the Medical Student Section:
- MSS Governing Council chair-elect: Haidn Foster, University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
- Student member of the Board of Trustees: Drayton Harvey, Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California