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research and advocacy that have the ability to positively impact health policy and the future of our profession.
Vinay Guduguntla on having a resolution passed in the medical students section:
AMA Interim this year was nothing short of a whirlwind. I had the privilege of being the lead author on a resolution, entitled “Integration of Drug Price Information into Electronic Medical Records,” which was voted on during the meeting. Given the significant amount of time that our team put into preparing our resolution for prime time, the process of giving testimony in front of hundreds of other medical students and watching the final vote was both exciting and nerve-wracking. I gained a newfound respect for the legislative and advocating process surrounding health policy. Most importantly, this amazing opportunity would not have been possible without the generous funding from WCMS and MSMS. Thank you for your support!
in Orlando, FL. As a member of the MSS Standing Committee on Medical Education, I had worked on resolution 21-I-16: Future of the USMLE: Examining Multi-Step Structure and Score Usage. After months of conference calls, it was rewarding to meet in person and to plan and deliver testimony on the floor of the MSS House of Delegates. It was gratifying to see it adopted with a plan to introduce it to the AMA meeting in June 2017. As vice-chair of our regional governing council, I had the chance to help lead our region’s business and policy meetings as well as moderate elections for our region’s 2017 student delegation to the AMA. It was particularly inspiring to hear health care policy discussions right after an election, and try to influence how the AMA would advocate for patients under a new administration.
Nithya Vijayakumar on gaining optimism through action:
The Interim conference was my first real experience in the world of policy. I had studied healthcare policy in the classroom and was eager to see the process of policymaking firsthand. This conference came at a very important moment in history, the Friday after Trump was elected president. I had stayed up all Tuesday night watching the election results with friends, and our hearts sank as state after state turned red on the election map. His election was a surprise and also a call to action for me. Going into the conference, I was not sure what to expect. I had read over the resolutions, and was impressed with most of them. The very first resolution on Friday morning was an emergency resolution written in response to Trump’s election that contained a list of principles that we as medical students wanted to support in the event of an ACA repeal. This resolution firmly supported the right
of equal access to health care, and I was excited
to see that students had taken concrete action so immediately. After brief discussion, this resolution was passed. My excitement for the first resolution set the bar high for my impression of the whole conference- I was excited to see students using their voice and advocating for change. Some of the discussions on the floor became heated, and many students came up to the microphone to express opinions on behalf of their sections, their schools, and themselves. Admittedly, I was nervous to speak, but I gained a lot of confidence by speaking on behalf of my section in support of a resolution written by my classmate. Overall, this conference gave me a sense of hope for the future of American health policy, which was much needed at the time.
I am grateful to have been able to lead the University of Michigan AMA chapter in 2016, and I am excited to see the directions our new board will take us in the coming year!
Students at the conference
Abhishek Manjunathan speaks to the value of meeting medical students from around the nation:
The Interim meeting in Orlando was my first AMA conference, and it was an unforgettable experience, one that has hooked me for the foreseeable future. Attending lectures on tackling prominent healthcare issues was a valuable learning experience that opened my eyes to a role we will have to play through- out our careers. I enjoyed meeting passionate stu- dents from around the country, but getting our resolution passed was definitely the high point of the event. I look forward to writing future resolutions and attending more conferences as an AMA member!
Andy Zureick captures experiences in medical student section leadership:
As a 4th-year veteran of our AMA-MSS, I enjoyed the opportunity to continue my involvement in organized medicine at the Interim MSS meeting
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