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 details.
This upcoming week, AMSA is having a meeting on 11/9 at noon in Mollie Rogers Auditorium to discuss Pharm Free Week. There will be food and refreshments and I hope to see many people there!