AMSA – Summary and Updates

On November 17, 2011, in Organization News, by American Medical Student Association

AMSA is a medical student organization that has broad objectives and can accommodate all medical students, regardless of background, specialty interests, or affiliations. So far, AMSA has held two monthly meetings. At our first meeting, we introduced everyone to AMSA and our new e-board! We explained our objectives: affordable health care for all, global health equity, enriching medicine through diversity, professional integrity, and student well-being. We advertised our USMLERx scholarship, which our Secretary, Robin Petrizzo, OMS II, won. After our presentation, we raffled off the Thiemes Textbook of Anatomy and Theresa Apozonski, OMS I won! Finally, we elected our First Year Representative, Ahmad Rehmani.

For our second meeting, we celebrated National Primary Care Week (NPCW). NPCW aims to focus the attention of health professional students from all disciplines on the failure of the healthcare system to provide equal, high quality health care to all individuals, regardless of ethnicity, race and other factors. We were fortunate to have Dr. Blazey speak at our meeting about his primary care fellowship. He also promoted a national health care system. That weekend, in addition to many other campus clubs, we co-sponsored the Breast Cancer Walk.

On 10/28-10/29, our Secretary, Robin Petrizzo, OMS II, attended the Physicians for a National Health Care Program (PNHP) conference in Washington, D.C. along with Alex Freidman, OMS II. Students had the opportunity to meet with many speakers and visit Occupy D.C. Robin attended meetings with New York State Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer to discuss leadership backing for National Health Care. Alex and Robin are working on a submission to the NYCOM Pulse for more

AMSA had our third meeting on 11/9 to discuss Pharm Free Week. National PharmFree Week (NPFW) is an annual event to highlight the importance of putting patients first by addressing conflicts of interest and encouraging evidence rather than marketing-based education. NPFW aims to focus the attention of medical, premedical, and allied health students on the importance of understanding the impact and control of financial and professional conflicts of interest in education, research, and patient care.

AMSA is also supporting Movember! Please join team New York College of Osteopathic Medicine and support MoSista Robin at and MoBro Florian at

Our next meeting will be on 12/7 in William Rogers Auditorium at 12pm. We will be co-sponsoring it with AMOPS, but we need your help! AMSA and AMOPS are collecting shoeboxes for Operation:Shoebox. At our meeting, we will fill up these shoeboxes with goodies and send them off to our troops abroad for the holidays! However, we need you to bring in shoeboxes and donate them to us! There will be a box in front of William and Mollie for you to drop your shoeboxes off. Then, we will hand them out for  everyone to fill at the meeting. Please, in addition to a box to fill, bring your creativity because we will also be making cards. Make a soldier happy, come to our meeting!


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