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A Student’s Perspective... the AMA-Annual Meeting
by Apoorv Dhir, Student
Every June, physicians from around the country gather in Chicago to discuss a topics across the board to guide the AMA’s position on important issues in healthcare policy. The medical student section of the AMA meets at the same time, coming together in their own house of delegates to represent students nationwide to decide stances on important matters in health care. This year, two students from the University of Michigan Medical School joined 20 other students from medical schools across the state of Michigan at the annual meeting.
The conference this year was particularly enriching – we thought strategically about how to address physician burnout and argued over the best strategies to combat the opioid epidemic, which included increasing access to take back programs and the role of supervised injection
facilities. One resolution, came from a student from Wayne State University School of Medicine. It addressed the need for religiously affiliated Obstetrics and Gynecology programs to ensure that their residents were given access to training for all types of procedures without being possibly restricted by a program’s religious commitments. This opened up heated debate about not only the role of religion in health care and in policy, but also a completely different debate about the extent to which the AMA should engage with issues specific to certain specialties.
Additionally, the student section successfully passed a resolution to support disaggregating demographic data on Asian-Americans. This type of action would allow a more thorough understanding of how disease affects different sections of the Asian-American community, as it is an incredibly diverse demographic with members of different nationalities and ethnicities. As an Asian-American student, this resolution resonated closely with me and reminded me of the importance and impact of the policy we create. On top of all the intense discussion over issues of policy, there were also opportunities to attend a variety of educational sessions including ones on how to follow through with medical innovation and gather tips for clinical training.
Perhaps the most valuable aspect of the annual meeting is the chance to meet and network with our peers across the country. We are at a stage in our medical careers where our future paths are still fairly uncertain. Later in our careers, much of our professional development will revolve around our chosen fields and specialties, but opportunities like the AMA Annual Meeting allowed us to network with our peers in absence of these restrictions and interface with all types of physicians of the future. Building these relationships is extremely valuable and exciting, and we feel very lucky to have this opportunity so early in our careers.
16 Washtenaw County Medical Society BULLETIN JULY / AUGUST / SEPTEMBER 2017

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