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									American Medical Association – Medical Student Section
School of the Year Award
Winning Entries

2012 – Indiana University School of Medicine
2011 – University of Buffalo School of Medicine
2010 – University of Michigan Medical School
2009 – Jefferson Medical College
2008 – University of Texas Medical School, Houston
2007 – University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine
2006 – Mayo Clinic College of Medicine
2005 – Baylor College of Medicine

2012 School of the Year
Indiana University School of Medicine

Over the 2011-2012 school year, AMA membership has been both one of our greatest goals and
greatest successes. While the membership drives were led by our Vice President of Membership,
Austin Gerber, all of the Indiana MSS members did their part in contributing. This is evidenced by the
number of recruitment events held at the IUSM Regional Centers, not only at the main Indianapolis
campus. The beginning of every school year starts out with what is always our biggest recruiting
event of the year – the First-Year Orientation Student Activities Fair. At no cost to us, IUSM allowed
us to set up a booth along with a number of other student organizations. MSS Representatives met
with over 300 incoming first-year students, shared with them the benefits of becoming an AMA-MSS
member, and provided them with an application. This year, we had a record number of students sign
up for membership at this event, with the free Netter’s flashcards being one of the best incentives.

The push for membership did not end here. We took our recruitment efforts on the road and made it a
point to visit all eight of the IUSM Regional Campuses. At each campus, a lunch talk sponsored by
the AMA was held, and one of our more seasoned MSS Representatives gave a PowerPoint
presentation and very informal talk on the benefits of joining the AMA and about the variety of things
the Indiana MSS does each year. In addition to this Statewide Membership Drive, a number of other
recruitment lunch talks were held by regional Campus MSS Representatives, on their own initiative.
Many of our campuses took advantage of the extra grant money the MSS offered at the end of the
2011 fall semester and held a recruitment event that centered on either studying for final exams or
energizing students following final exams.

Finally, something new the Indiana MSS did this year was connect all 9 IUSM campuses in applying
for a total of $900 in Chapter Involvement Grant funding to sponsor a table at the IUSM Post-Match
celebration. This event was open to all fourth year students, and nearly all attended. Sponsors were
invited to host an advertisement booth. This year, Katie Mattingly with the AMA came to Indianapolis
and participated in this event in person. We expect this event to pay off in dividends and are already
planning on participating in it next year.

Community Service
Similar to our initiatives in recruitment over this past year, the Indiana MSS has worked diligently in
the area of community service, both at the main Indianapolis campus as well as at many of the
Regional Centers. Our two Community Action representatives, Kristin Buzzitta and Sandeep Gurram,
focused on leading these efforts. Additionally, we had one member, Chad Ward, who served on the
Community Service Committee for Region V. Chad is currently working on collaborating with a local
organization to co-host a blood drive on the IUPUI campus.

The year started off with a school-wide event, the Class of 2015 Service Project, in which a number of
MSS volunteers and incoming first-year students attended. Food served at this event for the
volunteers was co-sponsored through an AMA Chapter Involvement Grant, and MSS Representatives
had the chance to work side by side matriculating students in helping to beautify areas of the
Indianapolis community that are quite underserved. Another campus-wide initiative was Cell Phones
for Soldiers. Our Community Action Representatives took the opportunity to set up drop off locations
around campus for students and faculty members to donate their used cell phones. This was a very
successful service project and was very feasible as the cost for running the project was minimal.

In Bloomington, the AMA Representatives helped to organize Wonderlab, a free education event for
children to increase their interest in the life sciences. This was a unique event in that so few of our
service projects focus on educating young children.

Health Fairs are always a great opportunity for our AMA Representatives to get plugged in with the
local volunteer community and to spread the word about the AMA and the things we do through
community service. In Indianapolis, the Community Action members organized a booth at the West
Side Health Fair and passed out healthy snacks to underprivileged children after they participated in
one of a number of games. Their parents were then provided with handouts on how to build healthy
lifestyles. In Evansville, Homeless Connect was an event in which AMA volunteers helped to the
homeless about their health. Additionally, Health Fairs in Bloomington and Terre Haute were similarly

The Indiana MSS has focused on a number of advocacy initiatives over the years, but a recurring
theme has been support of a statewide smoking ban. While many of our local communities have such
bans, a comprehensive smoking ban in Indiana still does not exist. Over this past year, we have
worked hard to increase our involvement and presence within the Indiana State Medical Association
(ISMA). This body has made it a priority to push for this ban, and as such we saw working together
with them in this effort as nothing but beneficial. In past years we have made numerous efforts to
support bills for a comprehensive smoking ban through letter writing, but for the first time this year one
of our student members was invited to speak to members of the Indiana Congress in support of such
legislation. Greg Martens, an AMA-MSS member and student trustee on the ISMA Board of Trustees,
was asked by the ISMA to speak before the Public Health Committees of the Indiana State House and
Senate, advocating for this measure. While yet again Indiana did not pass such legislation this year,
the MSS will continue in its efforts.

Every year a number of our members attended the AMA Lobby Day in Washington, DC. This year,
however, was different. In a meeting with Representative Todd Young’s health care legislative aide,
we convinced her of the need for legislation addressing increasing graduate medical education
funding. As such, she promised to take action and agreed to discuss with Representative Young the
possibility of him authoring a bill for such legislation. We are excited about this possibility and will be
continuing this discussion with his office to work towards such a bill.

The Evansville campus hosted a follow-up to AMA Lobby Day in the form of a lunch talk during which
the second-year MSS Representative made a presentation on the Affordable Care Act based on
knowledge she gained at Lobby Day and information she received from two of our Region V COLA
representatives. This was quite an innovative idea as we had not in the past followed up Lobby Day
with such an event, and this is something we plan to extend to more campuses in coming years. The
Evansville campus also held a lunch talk to educate students on health care and barriers for the
Active Membership
Within the Indiana MSS, we have two representatives at all eight of the Regional IUSM Centers and
four representatives at the main Indianapolis Campus. The Executive Board consists of one
President, three Vice Presidents, and a Trustee and Alternate Trustee to the ISMA. We have two
Community Action representatives. Additionally, we have six members serving on ISMA committees,
including Physician Assistance, Sports Medicine, COLA, Medical Education, Constitution & Bylaws,
and IMPAC. These ISMA committee members are expected to represent the MSS at their respective
committee meetings and to report back to the MSS. All of the position-holding MSS members hold a
student membership within the state medical society.

At the regional level, Clara Park from the Indiana MSS served as Region V President. Brian O’Neill
and Kilby Osborne are currently serving as COLA representatives for Region V, and Chad Ward is
serving as a Community Service Representative. Additionally, we had six students attend the Region
V Meeting in Toledo, Ohio.

At the national level, 10 Indiana MSS members attended the Annual Meeting in Chicago last year,
including 8 of 9 possible MSS Delegates. Additionally, over 20 Indiana MSS members attended the
interim meeting in New Orleans this past year with representation from all nine of our MSS Delegates.
We have had five different students in the last year serve in the position of Region V Delegate and
Alternate Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates. We currently have one Delegate and two
Alternate Delegates who will be participating in the annual and interim meetings this year.

A number of events held this year focused on active membership within the MSS. At the IUSM third-
year orientation, MSS Representatives passed out free Maxwell pocketbooks (complements of the
ISMA) to all AMA-MSS members. Our goal in this effort was to increase our presence to those AMA-
MSS members who do not hold a position. We also hosted a number of “speed dating” events which
are designed to help educate members about their future medical careers and aid in choosing a
medical specialty.

Over the past year, the Indiana MSS has demonstrated impressive innovation through the variety of
initiatives we have led. The Indiana MSS Constitution & Bylaws was grossly outdated, so the
Constitution & Bylaws Representative to the ISMA formed a committee which worked on rewriting the
document, updating the position description and responsibilities, and improving the way expectations
and consequences of not meeting expectations are described. At no cost to us, we helped to host
both a campus-wide Financial Seminar in the fall through collaboration with spouses of members of
the ISMA and a campus-wide Legal Seminar in the spring through collaboration with a local law firm.
Both of these events were great successes, attracting students who had never before attended any
type of AMA event. Additionally, the events were wonderfully educational and we plan to hold them
again next year.

There were a number of additional new events held throughout the state this year. The Evansville
Clinical Skills lab saw local physicians volunteering their time to teach the medical students valuable
skills they will be able to use on their third-year clerkship rotations. At the Lafayette Lunch and Learn,
the students joined in on a discussion about the future of medicine from an administrative perspective.
Finally, three of the IUSM campuses sponsored food for students during the simulcast of the
TEDMED Live conference, broadcast from Washington, DC. This event was attended by students,
residents, and faculty members.

We have collaborated with a variety of different groups and organizations over this past year through
advocacy efforts, community service, and chapter growth initiatives. We have significantly increased
our presence within the ISMA by providing representatives for the various committees and the Board
of Trustees as in years past, and by becoming active participants in other areas of their organization.
Not only did the MSS attend the ISMA Annual Meeting, we wrote and defended a resolution proposing
expansion of an existing loan repayment program to include non-primary care specialties. The ISMA
was incredibly supportive in this endeavor, and it was a wonderful learning opportunity for us.
Additionally, we have begun meeting with representatives from the ISMA and occasionally with
members of the Resident/Fellow Section at monthly “Med Student Mondays” held at a local
restaurant. This has been an opportunity for the students to discuss more ways in which we could get
plugged in at the state level.

At “Date a Doc” in Indianapolis, the Indiana MSS collaborated with the IUPUI pre-medicine
undergraduates to share with them what it is like to be a medical student. Through the many “speed
dating” events around the state, we have collaborated with local physicians to learn more about
careers in medicine. The TEDMED Live events allowed us to collaborate with IUSM faculty who co-
hosted and participated in the event.

The Indiana MSS has been growing in more ways than can be described in a few paragraphs, but this
growth is evidenced by the incredible initiatives undertaken over this past year. The students at the
main Indianapolis campus and the Representatives at the Regional Campuses have ushered in
significant growth from a membership standpoint and in the participation in AMA-sponsored events.
The number and quality of events sponsored by the AMA over this past year have increased
dramatically, particularly at the Regional Campuses. The following quote from one of our South Bend
MSS Representatives speaks volumes: “The students have a sense of pride in the AMA even though
it is difficult to get involved being at a satellite campus.”

While we do not have the exact numbers, we feel confident that AMA membership at IUSM is at a
record high for the 2011-2012 school year. This has resulted from both an increased effort in the area
of recruitment as well as an increased presence at the campuses, through lunch talks and community
service events. In addition to this exciting growth, we have seen an impressive increase of Indiana
MSS representation at the regional and national levels. We have four Indiana MSS members serving
in positions within the Region V MSS, including President, and five Indiana MSS members serving at
different times as Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the AMA HOD.

Please also share a “resume” of your chapter events. Please include name of the event, number of
people attending, purpose, obstacles, and any additional information you feel helps characterize the
event. Specify the category the event best reflects with the following coding: ME (Membership), CS
(Community Service), AD (Advocacy) AM (Active Membership), Innovation (IN), Collaboration (CO),
CG (Chapter Growth). Please include pictures and at least one press release. Limit each entry to
150 words or less.

Regional Delegates (CG, 2011-2012) Over the past year, five different Indiana MSS members have
served in the position of either Region V AMA Delegate or AMA Alternate Delegate to the AMA House
of Delegates. This is a record number for the Indiana MSS, and we are very proud of our
representation at the national level. Dan Sonnenburg was elected in November 2011 to serve a
second term as AMA delegate. Also in November, Clara Park completed her term as Alternate
Delegate and Austin Gerber was elected to his first term as Alternate Delegate. While Austin stepped
down from this position for personal reasons, at the Region V MSS Meeting, two more Indiana MSS
members, Brian O’Neill and Amy Truong, were elected to serve in the position of Alternate Delegate.
This increasing presence at the Region and National levels is exciting for the Indiana MSS as it will
only increase the impact we have within the AMA.

Med Student Mondays (CO, June 2011 – Present). Approximately 5-15 medical students, 2 ISMA
representatives, and occasionally members of the Resident/Fellow Section attend these monthly
events. Over the past year, the Indiana MSS has been collaborating with the Indiana State Medical
Association to host these monthly events in which we meet at a local restaurant prior to our monthly
meetings over drinks and appetizers provided by the ISMA to discuss a variety of issues related to
health care at the state and national levels. The greatest benefits of these events have resulted from
the increased communication with our state association and the Resident/Fellow Section, as a
number of their members have attended on occasion. This is an opportunity to learn, network, and
increase awareness of the AMA. As these events are open to all medical students, numerous current
MSS members have first gotten involved by stopping by these events and getting to know our

IUSM Third-Year Orientation. (AM, June 2011). Over 300 current third-year students (the majority of
whom are current AMA members) along with 4 MSS volunteers. The Indiana State Medical
Association donated Maxwell Pocketbooks, something that most of the third-year students depend on
as a resource for their clerkships. The MSS volunteers hosted a booth at this event over the lunch
hour and passed out these pocketbooks to existing AMA-MSS members. At the booth, students also
had an opportunity to sign up for the AMA-MSS. While this recruitment event did not necessarily
bring in a significant amount of new MSS members, it certainly helped to spread the word about the
MSS and make a presence on campus during the orientation, particularly as we were the only student
group at the event.

AMA Annual Meeting (AM, June 16-18, 2011). Ten Indiana MSS students attended. 8 of our 9
delegates were present at every assembly. Our Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates, Dan
Sonnenburg, and our Alternate Delegate, Clara Park, attended and participated in the AMA House of
Delegates immediately following the MSS meeting.

IUSM Class of 2015 Service Project (CS, August 11, 2011). Over 60 IUSM students. The second
annual Freshman Class Service Project exposed incoming medical students to the values and goals
of the AMA, through volunteering by painting, landscaping, and beautifying Reagan Community Park
in Indianapolis. Our chapter was proud to support this student-led service project as a way to
demonstrate the impact physicians can make via community service—an AMA value. Our time
serving with the students demonstrated the AMA’s commitment to service and being part of positive
change. Having gotten our hands dirty with incoming students, our chapter was well positioned to
recruit new members by demonstrating our values in a tangible way and on the very first day of the
students’ career, too. Current members attended the event throughout the day, worked side-by-side
with the first years and gave a brief explanation of the AMA’s goals and membership benefits during
the lunch break.

IUSM First-Year Orientation Student Activities Fair (ME, August 12, 2011). Over 300 matriculating
first-year medical students (the majority of whom would eventually become AMA members) attended
along with 6 MSS volunteer upperclassmen. The event lasted two hours during which time students
ate lunch and visited booths hosted by various student organizations. At the MSS booth, students
had the opportunity to sign up for a four-year AMA-MSS membership and receive free Netter’s
flashcards. As students were eating lunch, the MSS volunteers also walked around recruiting
students. Oftentimes, once one person sitting at a table decided to join, the rest of the students at the
table did the same. Each year, this Activities Fair is the Indiana MSS’s most successful recruitment
activity as the first-year students are always eager to join such organizations, and the Netter’s
flashcards are always a big attraction.

“The Event” Financial Seminar (IN, August 24, 2011). Approximately 100 students and residents
attended, along with a number of representatives from the Indiana State Medical Association. This
event was sponsored by the ISMA Alliance, a group of spouses of Indiana physicians, who wanted to
provide an opportunity for us to learn more about the important aspects of finance that we receive so
little of in our medical education. The AMA helped to sponsor this event by advertising and making
closing remarks at the seminar. Two financial advisors spoke to us about the various financial
challenges and questions we will soon be facing as we progress into residency and our future careers
as physicians. It was a great success, and the ISMA Alliance is planning on hosting it again next year
for the Indianapolis Students. Additionally, because of the success, they held a smaller event for the
medical students a few months later near the Fort Wayne medical campus.

State-Wide MSS Membership Drive (ME, September 2011 – February 2012). Over the past year, the
Indiana MSS has held a recruitment lunch talk at all nine of the IUSM campuses to promote
membership. At these lunch talks, the AMA sponsored the cost of lunch, and one of our MSS
representatives gave a presentation on the benefits of an AMA membership. Additionally at these
events, a first-year student at each campus was elected to serve a two-year term as an MSS Campus
Representative. These lunches helped to foster the relationship amongst the campuses and to
increase involvement with the AMA, which is evidenced by our record membership over this past year
as well as our impressive participation at the national meetings.

Cell Phones for Soldiers (CS, September 2011 - April 2012). The MSS established the Daly Student
Center in the IUSM Medical Science Building as a temporary drop-off location for the non-profit
organization, Cell Phones for Soldiers. The drop-off box was easily accessible and open all hours of
the day for almost 8 months. We collected over 75 cell phones and accessories, which were sent to a
company that will recycle the phones, raising money to buy calling cards for overseas troops. After the
collection period closed, more students continued to be interested in the event, and sent in their
phones on their own.

Indiana State Medical Association Annual Meeting (CO, September 17, 2011). 12 MSS students
attended, and over 200 Indiana physicians. At this meeting, the MSS had four delegates and four
alternate delegates to the General Assembly, all of whom were present for voting. On the first night of
the meeting, the MSS was invited to attend a special President’s reception and dinner in honor of the
outgoing ISMA President. 5 students attended this particular event, and 12 students were present for
the General Assembly. Four of the MSS students, Clara Park, Dan Sonnenburg, Jamie Johnson and
Peter Baenziger, authored a resolution to increase an existing loan repayment program in the state of
Indiana (see attached). When this resolution was voted on, the General Assembly chose to send it to
the ISMA Board of Trustees for a decision.

Lafayette MSS Recruitment Lunch with Dr. John Knote (ME, October 6, 2011). 15 MSS, 15 non-
members. All 30 first and second year students at the Lafayette campus attended this opportunity to
hear from a true expert on the AMA, former Speaker of the House of Delegates Dr. John Knote.
Students learned about the important role that the AMA has played in the shaping of the medical
profession and were given a convincing argument on why it continues to be important for physicians
to be involved in professional organizations. The event was held in our first-year classroom over the
lunch hour, which greatly helped attendance, as did the complementarily meal from Pizza Hut we
were able to provide for all attendees. This event was made possible through a $150 grant from the

Indianapolis Westside Health Fair (CS, October 15, 2011). This event served over 100 members from
the surrounding community with 6 MSS members working at our booth. The Westside Health Fair is a
student-run health fair for the underserved population of Indianapolis. Multiple student-run groups
sponsor tables at this event. Advertising was accomplished via flyers and postings through Wishard
Hospital. We collaborated with the nutritionist team from Wishard Hospital and provided healthy
snacks for patients that included, apples, canned fruit, healthy granola bars, oatmeal, and bottled
water. We also organized games for children that educated them on the importance of healthy eating.
Additionally, attendees were given flyers and brochures about healthy eating, exercise, and local
services available. We displayed a large AMA sign and distributed AMA Healthy Lifestyles literature.

Bloomington Wonderlab (CS, October 15, 2011). Approximately 30 medical students participated,
many of whom were AMA-MSS members. Both first and second year students worked with the
Internal Medicine Student Interest Group to teach science concepts to children. Children from the
ages of 4 to 15 years attended the Wonderlab. We let them listen to heart sounds such as murmurs
and pericarditis, and the children had the opportunity to listen to their own hearts. We also had a
simulation set up, so that students could listen to breath sounds and heart sounds, and feel pulses on
SimMan, our Simulation Manikin. We could alter the rhythms of SimMan to explain different concepts
of heart and pulmonary disease. This was a wonderful opportunity to volunteer in the community, by
interesting young children, possibly future medical student AMA members, in science.

Clinical Skills Lab at the Evansville Campus (IN, October 29, 2011). 6 physicians from the
Vanderbugh County Medical Associated volunteered for three hours on a Saturday morning to teach
the Evansville students clinical skills such as suturing, phlebotomy, IV, intubation, Foley catheter and
NG tube placement. There were surgeons, anesthesiologists, internists and radiologists teaching
about 30 medical students.

AMA Interim Meeting (AM, November 10-12, 2011). Over 20 MSS students attended, including a
number who participated in the AMA-MSS Research Symposium. All 9 of our eligible delegates were
present to participate in every assembly. At this meeting, we also re-elected Dan Sonnenburg as a
second-term AMA Delegate to the House of Delegates for Region V and Austin Gerber as a first-term
AMA Alternate Delegate (although he later stepped down from this position for personal reasons).
The Region V President, Clara Park, who also happens to be an Indiana MSS member, was
responsible for organizing and running the Region V meetings. She organized a “flash mob” which
the Region V, including Indiana students, participated in during the Research Symposium in an effort
to get students more involved and motivated. Additionally, a number of Indiana students participated
in the community service event at the meeting.

South Bend Finals Study Session Lunch (ME, December 2011). 20 students attended, including 18
AMA members. Lunch was provided to the second-year class just before the holiday break, and we
held a mini “study session” for those in need of help. It was quite informal and everyone was very
appreciative of a free lunch. Being at a small campus with little interaction with Indianapolis, it was
nice for a change to have our own little event and be able to offer some free food for the students, and
they were appreciative of the sponsorship by the AMA.

Indianapolis MS1 Post-Final Exams Recruitment lunch (ME, December 14, 2011). Approximately 120
first-year students along with 20 second-year students attended this event where the Indianapolis
MSS Campus Representatives answered questions about the AMA and promoted student
membership. Food from a local restaurant was served. The event was well received and students
enjoyed receiving advice on the advantages of joining AMA and how to get more involved in the AMA
once a member.

Evansville MSS Recruitment Lunch Talk Final Exam Energizer (ME, December, 15 2011). Provided
pizza lunch to the first and second year students as a break during finals. Information on the benefits
of membership was provided to the first year non-members and there was the opportunity for first
years to ask second years questions about being members.

Constitution & Bylaws Rewriting (IN, January 2012). Four MSS students served on a committee over
this past year to revamp a very outdated constitution to better reflect the current needs of the Indiana
MSS. We also clarified issues regarding tardiness and absence at meetings as well as the various
responsibilities of the individual MSS positions. While we rarely face issues regarding one not
meeting the expectations of his or her position, having the responsibilities outlined will only help to
limit any issues we may face in the future and help to allow for us to deal with them in an effective and
fair manner.

Indiana Smoking Ban Campaign & Speech (AD, January 9, 2012) One of the Indiana MSS’s initiatives
over the past couple of years has been to support a comprehensive statewide smoking ban. We have
supported this initiative by working with the Indiana State Medical Association, who lobbies for it on a
regular basis. We have written letters to our state legislators on more than one occasion, and one of
our MSS members was recently invited to make a speech in support of legislation that went through
the Indiana Congress this year. The State House speech was given by Greg Martins, an MSS
member and student trustee for the ISMA Board of Trustees. The ISMA asked that he do this as they
felt a medical student would provide a good perspective on the issue. It was given before the Public
Health Committees of the Indiana State House and Senate and was attended by voting members of
the committee and many others.

Terre Haute Community Health Fair (CS, January 29, 2012). 45 medical students and 500 community
members. This is an annual event for the community organized by medical students at the Terre
Haute IUSM Campus. Students worked in collaboration with several groups that promote health
education. To reach more children this year, 7,000 flyers were sent to local elementary schools. One
of our Terre Haute MSS Representatives, Kyle Hayes, worked as a co-chair for “Kid’s Corner”,
helping to plan activities to entertain and educate the children in attendance, including demonstrating
an inflatable deer lung showing the differences between a normal lung and that of a smoker. The
AMA-MSS supported the fair with a donation of $500 through a Chapter Involvement Grant. As half of
the medical students at IUSM-Terre Haute are student members of the AMA, it was excellent to have
support from the AMA as we made an effort to promote health education within Terre Haute.

AMA Lobby Day (AD, February 13, 2012). 6 Indiana MSS students attended. As we do every year,
we met with our respective congressmen, lobbying for repealing the Sustainable Growth Rate and
increasing funding for Graduate Medical Education. This year, we were successful in our discussion
with Representative Todd Young’s health care legislative aide, who shared with us that
Representative Young would be very interested in authoring a bill in support of increased GME
funding. We put Abby Daniel, the AMA Governmental Relations Advocacy Fellow, in contact with his
office and look forward to continuing this discussion with Mr. Young.

AMA-MSS Region V Meeting in Toledo, OH (AM, February 17-18, 2012). 6 Indiana MSS students
attended. The Region V President, Clara Park, is an Indiana MSS member and was responsible for
running this event. Two other Indiana MSS members, Brian O’Neill and Kilby Osborn, serve as the
Region V COLA representatives and made a presentation at the meeting concerning the Affordable
Care Act. Chad Ward is a Community Service representative within the Region V MSS as well as an
Indiana MSS member. At the meeting, two Indiana students, Brian O’Neill and Amy Truong, were
elected as AMA alternate delegates to the House of Delegates.

Affordable Care Act Lunch Talk in Evansville (AD, February 29, 2012). 28 students were in
attendance. This event was a pizza lunch talk where Ariel Tyring, MS2 AMA campus representative,
presented and relayed information from Lobby Day in Washington and the Region V Meeting in
Toledo to the Evansville medical students. The presentation on the ACA was from a PowerPoint
prepared by the members of Region V COLA. At the end of the presentation, Ariel gave a brief AMA
recruitment presentation.

IUSM Match Day (ME, March 16, 2012). Each year on Match Day for the fourth-year IUSM students,
a celebration is held. This year, the AMA-MSS sponsored a table at this event to recruit soon-to-be
residents to join the Resident Fellow Section of the AMA. Katie Mattingly with the AMA came in town
for the event and a representative from the Indiana State Medical Association was present to inform
graduating seniors of the benefits to a RFS membership. While the number of students who filled out
an application for membership on this day was disappointingly low, we expect that the event will pay
off with increased membership in the long run. Following the event, included in the cost of
sponsorship, the School of Medicine sent out a packet of information to all fourth year students which
included an AMA flyer and application. The school also sent out an e-mail to all fourth-year students
solely for the purpose of informing them about the benefits of an AMA-RFS membership.
Fort Wayne Physicians Speed Dating Event (AM, March 22, 2012). 40 students attended, including
all the first years and about half the second years. 10 community doctors attended, each representing
a different field of medicine. This event was held to provide students with exposure to various fields of
medicine by giving them the opportunity to speak with medical professionals. The event also served
as a way to promote student membership in AMA as we discussed the benefits of student AMA
membership at the beginning of the event. Our primary challenges in setting up the event were
finding doctors to attend and receiving funding in order to provide a catered dinner. We addressed
the former reaching out to a local physician well connected to other local physicians, and we
addressed the latter by receiving funding from the AMA and the student activities fund from our

Homeless Connect (CS, March 22, 2012). Over 600 families were served at the Homeless Connect
event. The Evansville AMA student members worked at a booth at a local fair for homeless and near
homeless people in the Evansville area. The students at the AMA booth also worked with nursing
students and other healthcare providers who were taking blood pressure and blood glucose readings.
The IUSM students counseled people about their blood pressure results, educated them on conditions
associated with hypertension, and discussed ways in which they could decrease their risk factors for
developing or worsening the condition and where they can go to be treated.

Lafayette Lunch and Learn with Dr. James Bien (IN, March 23, 2012). 10 MSS, 11 non-members.
This lunch featured guest speaker Dr. James Bien, Vice President of Quality and Safety at IU Health
Arnett, one of two large medical corporations in our community. Dr. Bien related the story of his path
towards a career in the business side of medicine, and he offered advice on the important skills and
background necessary to make contributions to the management of hospital organizations. He also
provided insight on the highly dynamic area of quality and safety improvement, which experienced
considerable growth as a result of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act. This topic generated a
great deal of discussion, as students had many questions on what the future holds for the way we
finance and practice medicine. The event was held in our classroom over the lunch hour, and a meal
from Potbelly Sandwiches was funded by a $200 grant from the AMA.

Health Care for the Uninsured Lunch Talk (AD, March 23, 2012). About 25 students were in
attendance. This event was a lunch talk in which a speaker was invited to talk about the challenges to
providing health care to the uninsured/underinsured and some of the social determinants of health
care. The speaker was a physician who works full time at the free clinic in Evansville and he had great
insight into working with this patient population.

 “Date a Doc” in conjunction with the IUPUI Pre-Med Club (CO, March 28, 2012) This event was held
at the IUSM medical school library during the lunch hour. We had an impressive showing of medical
students, most of whom were AMA members, and about 15 undergraduate students. We provided
lunch and an opportunity to mingle with medical students. Each table was labeled with a different topic
and included conversation prompts. This was a great opportunity for undergraduates to meet current
medical students and get advice about the application process and life in medical school. It was also a
wonderful way to introduce them to the AMA. We plan to foster a continued working relationship with
the undergraduate pre-med club, as the undergraduates were extremely enthusiastic about having
this event again next year.

South Bend Specialty Speed-Dating Event (AM, March 28, 2012). 15 MSS members and 16 local
doctors. This is an event South Bend has held for numerous years in a row, and we have seen
increasing amounts of interest in the event from the local physicians and the St. Joe Medical Society.
The medical students always leave this informal event with a broader knowledge about careers in
medicine. We provided appetizers and beverages. Each student spent 5 to 7 minutes with each
physician, discussing their profession in an informal way. It was also a great way for students to
identify potential shadowing opportunities over the summer. Everyone, including the physicians, loved
the evening, and the students left with a broader understanding of particular specialties and a
renewed sense of love for medicine.

Bloomington Health Fair (CS, March 30, 2012). Approximately 30 medical students were a part of this
event, which was held by the Internal Medicine Student Interest Group at the Bloomington Public
Library. Several medical students who were AMA members participated, and adults and children from
the community attended. Medical exam booths were set up, including glucose monitoring, cholesterol
monitoring, and blood pressure checks. We also had a nutrition booth and an anti-smoking booth.
This event was very successful and helped the community raise awareness of maintaining good

TEDMED Live Conference Simulcast (IN, April 11-13th, 2012). 70 medical students, residents, and
faculty attended this three-day event held from 11:00am – 1:30pm on the Indianapolis campus, and at
various times at the Evansville and Lafayette campuses. The TEDMED Live Conference is an annual
conference that brings together people from all aspects of health care and sponsors speakers who
address anything from the state of the country’s current health care costs to medical education. At
the Indianapolis campus, the AMA helped to sponsor the cost of lunch provided to student attendees
over a three day period. The event was held in collaboration with the IUSM Faculty Affairs Office,
who also opened it up to faculty and residents. The AMA sponsorship was clearly apparent through
advertisements via school-wide email as well as through an advertisement in the school-wide weekly
newsletter, the SCOPE (see attached).

Northwest Round Robin Physician’s Speed Dating Program (AM, April 11, 2012). 21 first and second-
year students met with 16 physicians representing 13 medical fields. The event was an opportunity
for the students to have informal conversations with practicing physicians and ask questions about the
perks, drawbacks, and quirks in each specialty. Additionally, several students established shadowing
connections for the summer in their areas of interest. The student feedback was overwhelmingly
positive, with all responders to a post-event survey indicating that they would recommend the event to
their peers. The faculty at the Northwest campus is planning to make the event an annual occurrence.

Legal Seminar (IN, April 12, 2012). 45 students attended this event. After the success of “The
Event”, a local law firm approached the Indiana MSS and asked if we would be interested in helping
them host a similar seminar that addressed the legal aspects of medicine. Due to the date of this
event being so close to final exams, attendance was not nearly what we expected based on the
previous Financial Seminar. However, the event was no less successful. In similar fashion as the
financial seminar, this event was held on campus, and prior to the presentation appetizers and
cocktails were served, courtesy of the law firm. This event went over exceedingly well, and we plan to
hold it again next year and focus on inviting more residents as many of the topics of discussion would
be very pertinent for them.

Bloomington Spring Recruitment Event (ME, April 13, 2012). All first and second year Bloomington
students attended the event. Bloomington had a recruitment lunch in September for the new first year
medical students, but due to a membership mix-up everyone’s applications was not processed.
Therefore, we decided a second recruitment event would be useful. We held a recruitment breakfast
on the last day of classes. We had 6 individuals sign up and gave incentives to individuals who had
not yet received them. We also had the individuals whose applications had been lost in the mail sign
up again.

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2011 School of the Year
University of Buffalo School of Medicine

Our chapter started our recruiting efforts early last year. On June 2010, several e-board members
attended housing weekend – an annual event organized by our school to assist newly accepted
applicants find housing. The event provided an opportunity for AMA e-board members to
introduce the AMA to the first years, encourage them to join, and recruit in a more personable

To strengthen our presence among the first years, one of our e-board members volunteered to
join the school’s Orientation Committee. As a member of this committee, she was able to ensure
that AMA activities were included during orientation week and that we have a large and visible
space during the club fair. For example, she scheduled an AMA-sponsored breakfast for the first
years during the first day of orientation. At the event, several e-board members were present to
meet, answer questions and inform students about the AMA. Additionally, AMA banners were
displayed throughout the room to remind students that we sponsored the event. The following
day, our chapter participated in the school’s Club Fair where we provided incentives and
paperwork for students to join. We also offered free UB AMA t-shirts to the first 75 students
who joined as another incentive. Overall, the event was a success and we recruited over 75% of
our first year class.

A week later, our VP of Membership gave an informative lunch lecture about the AMA and why
students should join. He highlighted benefits of becoming a member such as attending national
conferences, participating in research competitions, and writing resolutions. All e-board
members were present to answer questions and talk to students individually. From the event, we
recruited an additional 15 students to join the AMA.

In addition to our recruiting efforts at the beginning of the year, we continue to try and increase
our membership throughout the year by organizing various community service events,
fundraisers, health reform/policy related lunch lectures, and sending periodic membership related
emails to students. For example, a couple of second year medical students joined the
AMA after learning about receiving a free Goljan Pathology book as an incentive.

Due to these efforts, the AMA continues to be the largest medical student group on our campus.
More recently, our chapter received the 2010-2011 Medical Society of the State of New York’s
Recruitment Award for the 10th year in a row, highlighting our chapter’s strong efforts in
recruiting members.

Community Service
This year, our chapter actively promoted the National Service Project of Healthier Life Steps.

In April 2010, our chapter participated in the annual AMA-MSS Region 7 bike relay. Students
cycled 20-40 miles from Buffalo to Niagara Falls, NY. The riders wore inspirational health
placards on their back as a way to generate attention and interest from local residents about
living a healthier lifestyle. We also used the event to raise money for Sprouts, a new nutrition
and wellness group in Buffalo co-founded by a previous AMA E-board member. The event
generated so much interest that we raised $560 in 3 weeks and received media coverage. Over 30
students participated as riders, volunteers or safety patrol. Subsequently, Sprouts won the
Community Service Symposium award at the most recent annual AMA National Meeting.

In addition, our chapter organized ―Wellness Month as part of the National Service Project. We
invited medical school faculty to talk about fitness and nutrition, and how sleep affects health to
students. Additionally, we organized a panel of local physicians and epidemiologists to give an
overview of the obesity epidemic in Buffalo and discuss how students can actively address this
problem. We also collaborated with other student organizations to provide healthy study snacks
and recipes for students and a 5K Fun-Run. This year, we hosted a lecture to raise awareness
about LGBTQ health issues.

Our chapter has also been active in serving the Buffalo community. In the fall, we organized
medical school teams to participate in local charity events (Dash for Dad 5K Prostate Awareness
race and Breast Cancer walk) and raised $550 for breast cancer research. This past October, with
the assistance of a Chapter Involvement Grant and donations from local businesses, we
organized our chapter’s annual Halloween Party for Children with Diabetes. In November, we
teamed up with the ophthalmology interest group to provide glaucoma screenings to the
parishioners of a local church. More recently, we organized a fundraising event where we raised
over $600 for Buffalo City Mission, an organization that serves the homeless community.

In November 2010, our chapter collaborated with SNMA to launch the first Doctors Back to
School (DBTS) program at UB. The event was a success, which led to the development of our
second DBTS event in April 2011 at Health Sciences Charter HS. 90 high school students, 5
physicians and over 20 medical student volunteers participated.

This year, our chapter focused advocacy efforts on two issues: health reform and obesity.

To better educate students and faculty on health reform, our chapter invited Dr. Nancy Nielsen to
give an update on the status of health reform early last year. Over 100 students attended.

In August 2010, our chapter organized an event to watch the AMA-sponsored Health Reform
Webinar. Over 60 medical students attended, and several e-board members, including our VP of
Legislation and Policy, were present to answer questions. Following the event, we sent an email
to all students with a summary of key discussion points and a link to view the recorded session.

Since 2010 was an important year for midterm elections, our chapter encouraged students to
register and vote. In October 2010, our VP of Legislation and Policy provided information and
links to students on how and where to register and vote. E-board members also created flyers,
posted them throughout campus, and gave in-class announcements reminding students to vote.

Following the midterm elections, our Chapter Co-President invited Nick Rohrhoff, AMA’s
Government Relations Fellow, to speak to our students about the results of the midterm elections
and to provide an update from Washington about the future of the current healthcare plan. The
meeting was conducted via conference call using Google Phone and broadcasted at a lecture hall
on campus. Over 80 students attended, and many found the event helpful and informative.
Afterwards, our chapter provided a transcribed version of the meeting for students who missed
the event.

Besides health reform, our chapter has been active in advocating for access to healthy foods and
in combating obesity. Last year, Dan Donovan (MS3) and Angela Sandell (MS2) wrote a
resolution that promoted decreasing the price disparity between healthy and unhealthy foods. At
the most recent AMA National Meeting, the AMA HOD passed their resolution and adopted it as
AMA policy. Additionally, Vanessa Sarfoh (MS2) received a grant from the AMA Foundation
to start a health initiative in Buffalo to combat the growing problem of obesity in the community.
Throughout the school year, she worked with UB’s free medical clinic to provide nutrition
counseling, healthy snack samples, and healthy recipes for patients.

In April 2011, our VP of Legislation and Policy began posting weekly updates to our chapter
website/blog about important medical school-related issues, ranging from health care policy to
graduate medical education to patient education.

Active Membership
Active membership is a current highlight of our chapter. This year, we attended every MSSNYMSS
meeting and AMA national meeting including the most recent interim meeting this past
November. E-board meetings are conducted on a monthly basis to accommodate everyone’s
schedules. A Google group and Dropbox account have been created to help facilitate planning,
discussion and organization of upcoming events. School-wide AMA meetings are rarely done
due to the varying schedules of medical students. Instead, we provide chapter updates to our
members via email or our website. This year, our chapter created leadership positions for the
first year class to give them an early exposure to the AMA. Our e-board interviewed and
selected 9 first year students for the position, many of whom now hold leadership positions on
local and state levels.

Local – Chantal Bartels (MS2) is our VP of Liaison to the Medical Society of the County of Erie
(MSCE). Jennifer Daily (MS1) is a first year representative who currently updates our website
and will act as the VP of Liaison to MSCE for 2011-2012. Linda Wong (MS1) leads the
Worldscopes project and is working with MSCE to collect old stethoscopes from local
physicians and hospitals. Lisa Linde (MS1) is the lead coordinator for our chapter’s Miles for
Healthier Lifestyles bike relay for 2011-2012. Joanna Lim (MS2) and Vanessa Sarfoh (MS2) are
the lead coordinators for the Doctors Back to School program at UB.

State/Region – Angela Sandell (MS2) was the MSSNY Committee Chair for Educational Issues
2010-2011 and was elected as Alternate Delegate to the AMA HOD for Region 7. Lauren Gluck
(MS1) was an Alternate Delegate to the MSSNY HOD 2011. Dan Briggs (MS1) is the Upstate
NY Coordinator for the Region 7 bike relay in April. CJ Cancino (MS1) has recently been
elected as the Chair for the Membership Recruitment Committee for MSSNY and is our
chapter’s VP of Membership for 2011-2012.

AMA – Vanessa Sarfoh (MS2) is a member of the Minority Issues Committee and received a
grant from the AMA to start a health initiative in Buffalo. Michael Blanco (MS1) has recently
been elected as our chapter’s liaison to the Minority Issues Committee. Allen Chung (MS2) and
Kate Donohue (MS2) presented their research projects at the AMA’s Research Symposium. 7
students attended the National Meeting in June and 4 attended the Interim Meeting in November.

One of our goals this year is to increase member interest and participation in the AMA. To do
this, we recruited our first chapter adviser, created first year committees, created a local chapter
website, and started a Facebook fan page.

Chapter Co-President Joanna Lim recruited Dr. Nancy Nielsen, the 163rd President of the AMA,
to be our first chapter adviser. As our adviser, she helped guide, support and monitor the
progress of our chapter.

To increase student involvement, our chapter recruited first year students to act as representatives
of their class. We assigned them to committees headed by an e-board member based on their
strengths and interests: Community Service, Health Policy/Legislation, Membership and
Publicity. By including the first years early on, we were able to increase student participation in
events and generate more interest from new members to run for leadership positions locally and
within the state.

Our chapter created a local chapter website ( to improve our
communication with members as well as improve our visibility to the community. Through the
website, we are able to connect with our members from all classes, post pictures after events, and
more effectively promote activities and the AMA to current and incoming students. Our VP of
Legislation & Policy also uses the site to post weekly updates about policy-related issues
important to medical students.

To improve internal communications and better organize our e-board transitions, we created a
Dropbox account to easily share files and documents with each other.

This past year, our chapter shared friendly and supportive relationship with many medical
student groups on campus.

In April 2010 and 2011, our chapter collaborated with UB’s American Medical Women’s
Association to organize a Women’s Physician Dinner for students.

During our ―Month of Wellness to promote the AMA’s National Service Project, we partnered
with UB’s Wellness Committee and UB’s School of Public Health and Health Professions to
give students interesting lectures on sleep and health and an epidemiologist’s point of view of the
obesity epidemic in Buffalo.

Additionally, we worked with our local county medical society to collect old cell phones for the
non-profit organization ―Cell Phones for Soldiers. We are also working with them to develop a
mentorship program for AMA student members and collect old stethoscopes from local
physicians and hospitals for the Worldscopes project.

In November 2010, our chapter collaborated with UB’s Student National Medical Association to
host our school’s first Doctors Back to School (DBTS) program. We organized a panel
discussion of 5 minority physicians of different specialties to give personal accounts of their
decision to enter medicine and their experiences as physicians. 25 students from local colleges
in Buffalo attended. Our event was also featured in AMA Wire. More recently, we are working
with them and the Department of Family Medicine at UB to further expand the DBTS program at
a local high school, Health Sciences Charter School. We launched the first program in their
school on April 2011, which was a success.

Overall, our chapter continues to grow in size and participation. This year, we obtained a
chapter adviser; won this year’s Chapter of the Year Award and Recruitment Award to recognize
our chapter’s leadership, recruiting efforts, and community service in NY; passed a resolution in
the AMA HOD; launched the first DBTS program at UB; won the Community Service
Symposium award at the most recent AMA National Meeting; have more members joining AMA
committees and seeking leadership positions; collaborated with several on-campus medical
groups; partnered with our local medical society to increase our chapter’s visibility within the
Buffalo medical community; and expanded our chapter by creating roles and committees for new
members to join (i.e. Chapter Secretary, Worldscope Project Lead, Liaison to Minority Issues

Our chapter has also seen an overall increase in member participation in our events. This year,
over 30 medical students volunteered in our annual Halloween Party for Kids with Diabetes
versus 15 from last year and we have seen an upward trend in member participation for our
fundraiser drives. Additionally, over 120 first year students and 24 second year students
participated in our annual Mock Clinical Practice Exam where the first years practiced their
patient interviewing skills on second year medical students. Two second year medical students
also presented research at the AMA Research Symposium in November. Several medical
students applied for AMA Foundation grants, and one student member was given a grant to start
a health initiative in Buffalo.
Please also share a ―resume of your chapter events. Please include name of the event, number
of people attending, purpose, obstacles, and any additional information you feel helps
characterize the event. Specify the category the event best reflects with the following coding:
ME (Membership), CS (Community Service), AD (Advocacy) AM (Active Membership),
Innovation (IN), Collaboration (CO), CG (Chapter Growth). Please include pictures and at least
one press release. Limit each entry to 150 words or less.

1. Current Health System Reform Update (AD, January 20, 2010).
Number of students: 180
Summary: We invited Dr. Nancy Nielsen to give medical students an update on health care
reform. Purpose was to increase student awareness about health reform and provide a forum
for students to ask questions about the topic. Free lunch was provided. Majority of students
found the event helpful and many stayed after the lecture to ask questions.
Obstacles: Needed to order more food – ran out due to high student attendance.

2. Medical Tourism Lunch Lecture (AD, CS, January 21, 2010)
Number of students: 58
Summary: Invited a well-known speaker to talk about medical tourism and introduce
medical students to the topic. Goal is to get students to think about medical tourism and the
problems that can arise from it if patients decide to seek this route. Free lunch provided.
Obstacles: Some students did not find the speaker to be very engaging.

3. Cell Phones for Soldiers Drive (CO, CS, January 30, 2010)
Number of students: 8 students assisted collecting cell phones throughout the school
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with the Medical Society of the County of Erie to
collect old cell phones and donate them to a non-for-profit organization ―Cell Phones for
Soldiers . Overall, the drive was a success and we were able to donate a significant amount
of cell phones to the organization.
Obstacles: Coordinating the collection was a challenge.

4. MSSNY-MSS State Meeting (AM, January 30, 2010)
Number of students: 40 students, 4 from Buffalo
Summary: Senator Hannon provided an update on the healthcare status in NYS. Two first
year students ran for a position on the state level, and Angela Sandell was elected to the Task
Force Chair for Educational Issues. Our chapter’s resolution was discussed and supported by
Obstacles: More students wanted to attend, but due to financial restrictions, we can only
send at most 4 students to the meeting in Westbury, NY.

5. AMA E-board elections (AM, February 23, 2010)
Number of students: 80
Summary: Student members elected new e-board. Free lunch was provided. Each candidate
gave a speech to the members about why he or she should be elected. Students used their
clickers to vote, which made it easier to count their votes in the end.
Obstacles: Not everyone had clickers so we used paper ballots for them.

6. AMA E-board dinner (AM, March 3, 2010)
Number of students: 17
Summary: Old e-board transitioned roles to new e-board. Free dinner and dessert were
provided. Meeting lasted for 2 hours.
Obstacles: None
7. Wellness Month Kick-off Event (CO, April 5, 2010).
Number of students: 80
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with the Department of Exercise and Nutritional Science
at the University of Buffalo to educate students about the relationship between nutrition and
fitness. We invited Dr. Peter Horvath, Associate Professor at the medical school, to talk to
students about this topic. We advertised via email and posted flyers throughout the school.
A free lunch was provided.
Obstacles: None

8. Healthy Snacks for Students (CS, ME, CO, IN April 8, 2010).
Number of students: 135
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with Sprouts, a new student organization focused on
nutrition and wellness, to provide students with a healthy snack option during the week of an
exam. Our chapter provided each first-year student (135 students) with a snack pack –
granola bar, apple, fruit snacks, tea, and healthy recipes. Due to the success and positive
feedback received, we hope to make this an annual event.
Obstacles: None

9. AMA 5-K Fun Run (IN, CG, April 14, 2010).
Number of students: 15
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with Heart Smart to organize a 5K run around campus
for students. The purpose is to promote healthier lifestyles through exercise. Water and fruit
were provided at the end of the event.
Obstacles: None

10. Sleep & Health Lunch Lecture (CO, IN, April 15, 2010).
Number of students: 50
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with the medical school’s Wellness Committee to
provide students with a lecture about the effects of sleep on health in a more informal setting.
We invited Dr. Barry Willer, a renowned professor and lecturer at the medical school, and
Greg Salheim (4th year UB Medical Student) to speak about the topic. We advertised the
event via email, in-class announcements and flyers. A free lunch was provided. Overall, the
event was a success and many stayed after the lecture to ask questions.
Obstacles: Coordinating logistics with speakers.

11. Women Physicians Dinner (CO, CG, April 19, 2009).
Number of students: 30
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with UB’s American Medical Women's Association
(AMWA) to organize a dinner for female medical students to meet and learn more about the
lives of several successful female physicians in Buffalo. The event was capped to 30 students
to provide a more intimate setting for discussion and Q&A among the students and
physicians. We provided the dinner and advertised the event via email and in-class
announcements. Overall, the students found the event helpful. Among the physician
attendees included a family physician, pathologist, obstetrician and gynecologist, and Dr.
Nancy Nielsen, AMA’s 163rd president.
Obstacles: None

12. Obesity- America at Risk Panel Discussion (IN, April 23, 2010).
Number of students: 70
Summary: In line with the AMA’s Healthier Lifesteps and to address the growing problem of
obesity in Western New York, our chapter organized a panel discussion on obesity. We
invited a pathologist, an epidemiologist from the School of Public Health and Health
Professions, and a pediatric endocrinologist to talk about the topic. Our adviser, Dr. Nancy
Nielsen, moderated the discussion. Purpose was to increase student awareness about obesity
and encourage them to pursue something locally to address the issue. A free lunch was
provided. We advertised the event via email, word of mouth and flyers.
Obstacles: Coordinating everyone’s schedules particularly the presenters.

13. Miles for Healthier Lifestyles Bike Relay (CG, IN, CS April 24, 2010).
Number of students: 30 (23 riders, 7 volunteers)
Summary: This year, our chapter created our own 40-mile bike route from Tonawanda, NY
to Niagara Falls, NY for the Region 7’s Miles for Healthier Lifestyles bike relay. This was
one of our most successful events of the year due to member participation (a student from
each medical school class attended) and overall outcome of the event. A free breakfast
(bagels, peanut butter, bananas, granola bars, water) and free lunch (Wegman’s subs, chips,
water) were provided to the cyclists. Volunteers ―chalked the road/sidewalks with arrows,
tied up balloons at key turns, and provided each cyclist with a printed map with directions
and the cell phone number of our ―emergency van to ensure safety. Each cyclist wrote and
wore an inspirational quote about healthy living on their back to raise awareness about
healthier lifestyles. Our chapter raised money for Sprouts ($550) and received local media
coverage (
Obstacles: Creating a bike route from scratch; had some difficulty getting bikes for everyone
due to lack of bike rental shops in Buffalo; coordinating the day of event and ensuring
everyone’s safety was also a challenge.

14. AMA Fundraiser – Bisons Baseball Game – (CG, ME May 21, 2010).
Number of students: 80
Summary: To attract new members and raise money for our chapter, we negotiated a deal
with the Buffalo Bisons to provide us with discounted tickets to sell to students. To attract
more students to attend, we also negotiated a deal with a local bar/restaurant to give us drinks
specials for anyone who has a Bisons game ticket. We sold over 70 Bisons tickets and raised
over $400 from the event.
Obstacles: None

15. AMA-MSS Annual Meeting in Chicago (AM, June 10-12, 2010)
Number of students: 7
Summary: Our chapter won the Community Service Symposium award for Sprouts, a
nutrition and wellness organization founded by three members (Dan Donovan, Jennifer
Cheung and Angela Sandell). Our chapter’s resolution on reducing price disparity between
healthy and unhealthy foods, co-authored by Dan Donovan and Angela Sandell, was passed
and accepted as AMA policy by the AMA HOD at the meeting.
Obstacles: None

16. First Year Orientation Breakfast (ME, CG, August 9, 2010)
Number of students: 151, including 6 e-board members
Summary: Our chapter sponsored a breakfast for the incoming first year students. Jessica
Aliotta, an e-board member of our chapter and a member of the orientation committee
organized the event. Purpose was to help promote the AMA to the first year class, recruit
new members and answer questions they may have about the organization. The event was
advertised via email and regular mail to the incoming students.
Obstacles: None

17. UB Medical Student Club Fair (ME, CG, August 10, 2010)
Number of students: 154, including 9 e-board members
Summary: Our chapter participated in the UB Medical School Student Club Fair where
several e-board members were present to promote the AMA to the incoming class and recruit
new members. In addition to the incentives provided by the AMA, our chapter also offered
custom-designed UB AMA t-shirts to new members. In total, we recruited 90% of our
members from this event. Our chapter received the Recruitment Award from New York State
for having the highest % of students recruited from the first year class.
Obstacles: None

18. Healthcare Reform Webinar (AD, AM, August 17, 2010)
Number of students: 70
Summary: AMA Immediate Past President J. James Rohack, MD, and AMA government
relations advocacy fellow Nick Rohrhoff gave an informative webinar about how the
Affordable Care Act—the new health system reform law—affects future physicians. The
webinar addressed issues such as graduate medical education and other material in the new
law that is pertinent to medical students and residents. Our chapter served pizza and soda for
the attendees and the event was advertised via email.
Obstacles: Had technical difficulties at the original room because the AV controls were
locked. Our group decided to put the attendees in classrooms instead with flat screen TVs
and used our own personal computers to stream the webinar.

19. VP of Membership Recruitment Lunch Lecture (ME, August 18, 2010)
Number of students: 90
Summary: This lunch lecture was prepared and presented by our VP of Membership as a
means to further recruit new members to the AMA. He gave a PowerPoint presentation
explaining the benefits of becoming an AMA member, and showcasing the various events
that the chapter previously hosted in the school. He also provided a brief overview of the
structure of the AMA-MSS and how our chapter works with State and County medical
societies. All e-board members were present to answer questions. Free lunch was served. A
dozen more students were recruited to our chapter’s AMA.
Obstacles: None

20. AMA Fundraiser - Medicine & Society Happy Hour for MS1s (ME, August 20, 2010)
Number of students: 60
Summary: Our AMA chapter hosted a happy hour to the first years after their first medical
school exam to attract more new members and raise money for our chapter. From the event,
our chapter raised $550. The event was held at a local bar where students were given
unlimited free beer and snacks for 3 hours for an entrance fee of $10 per person.
Obstacles: Some students were too tired to do anything else after the exam.

21. First Year Representatives Interviews (AM, September 8, 2010)
Number of students: 12
Summary: This year, our chapter created first year representative positions for the MS1s to
give them more exposure to the AMA-MSS and to help breed future leaders for the chapter.
As a representative, they help promote various AMA events to their class and assist the eboard
in organizing, planning and executing various AMA events throughout the year. To
select these individuals, we asked interested applicants to write a 1-paragraph statement
about why they are interested in becoming a first year representative. Based on their
responses, we selected several to interview and accepted 9 first years to the position. They
were then assigned to specific committees based on interest and strengths.
Obstacles: None

22. First Year Representative Lunch Meeting with Dr. Nielsen (AM, September 13, 2010)
Number of students: 20
Summary: To formally welcome our first year representatives, we hosted a lunch for them
and invited Dr. Nancy Nielsen, our faculty adviser, to give a few words about the AMA and
why it is important to be involved in organized medicine. We wanted the first years to meet
her and have a better understanding of the goals and mission of the AMA. We also used this
opportunity to introduce the first year representatives to the rest of the e-board and give the
first years an overview of their responsibilities and a list of our upcoming events. At the end
of the session, the first years signed up for events that they will be assisting the e-board
throughout the year.
Obstacles: None

23. Dash for Dad 5K Race (CS, September 19, 2010)
Number of students: 20
Summary: Our VP of Community Service, Jessica Aliotta, organized an AMA-UB Medical
School team to run the Dash for Dad 5K race benefiting prostate cancer research. At the
event, our chapter set up a tent with a bagel breakfast and water to the medical student
runners. Additionally, our chapter raffled off two pairs of Sabres tickets to the medical
students who participated in the event that was generously donated by an AMA physician.
Obstacles: None

24. MSSNY Meeting at Erie County Medical Society Office (AM, September 25, 2010)
Number of students: 19, 12 from Buffalo
Summary: The Medical Society of the State of New York hosted its bi-annual medical
student meeting in two locations, one of which was in the offices of the Erie County Medical
Society in Buffalo, NY. At the meeting, various medical student issues were discussed
including the need to increase the number of spots available for graduate medical education.
Other AMA chapters from other schools within the Western NY region (Rochester and
Syracuse) attended the meeting. Additionally, Lauren Gluck, a first year representative, was
elected as an Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates Meeting for the State of New
York this spring. Our chapter sent a follow-up email to the student body as a follow up
regarding discussions presented at the meeting.
Obstacles: None

25. AMA Student Lounge Cleaning (AM, September 28, 2010)
Number of students: 10
Summary: Every semester, the medical school’s student government requested that each
club be responsible for cleaning the student lounge per semester. Our e-board members
assisted in the cleaning of the student lounge on the stated above date.
Obstacles: None

26. Making Strides against Breast Cancer Walk (CS, October 3, 2010)
Number of students: 6 walkers
Summary: Our lead organizers formed a ―School of Medicine and Biomedical Science’s &
AMA walking team. Event was advertised via email, in-class announcements, and fliers.
Our chapter raised $550 to donate to the charity. The walk was organized and put on by the
American Cancer Society in downtown Buffalo, NY.
Obstacles: Exam schedule and bad weather discouraged many from participating in the
walk. Most members ended up donating to the cause instead.

27. CPM Mock Clinical Practice Exam (AM, ME, October 9, 2010)
Number of students: 90 first year students, 24 second year students
Summary: This is the 3rd time that our chapter organized this event for the MS1s. Gaurav
Rao, our Chapter Co-President, spearheaded the event and gathered 24 second year students
to volunteer and help grade the MS1s on their mock clinical skill test. The event was well received
and many students received >90/100 on their actual exam. This event was only
offered to actual AMA-MSS members.
Obstacles: None

28. Halloween Party for Kids with Diabetes (CS, October 28, 2010)
Number of students: 33 student volunteers, 25 kids and their families attended
Summary: The AMA-MSS Buffalo chapter organized the annual Halloween Party for
Children with Diabetes held at the University at Buffalo South Campus. The purpose of the
event was to provide children with diabetes another way to enjoy Halloween without sugary
candy. Medical student volunteers dressed up in costume as they entertained the kids
through various activities such as singing karaoke, bobbing for apples, ghost bowling,
coloring stations, and wrapping each other in toilet paper for a mummy wrapping contest.
Prizes were given to winners of contests, games and a raffle. Every child that came to the
party left with a raffle prize. The prizes were made possible by donations amounting to $700
generously given by over 20 local stores and the Medical Society of the County of Erie.
Obstacles: Had some difficulty getting donations due to the recession. Our VPs of
Community Service worked very hard to get the full $700 worth of donations!

29. Midterm Elections Announcement (AD, November 2, 2010)
Number of students: Email sent to all 4 medical school classes
Summary: As a way to encourage our classmates to register and vote for the midterm
elections, Josh Hauser, our VP of Legislation and Policy, prepared various links to be sent
via email on places and instructions on how students can register to vote for the midterm
elections. E-board members made announcements in class reminding the first and second
year students to vote. Other members helped post flyers throughout the medical school
campus to remind students to vote. Additionally, we provided students a candidate scorecard
prepared by the MSSNY to help students navigate through the candidates and what issues
they support and oppose.
Obstacles: Difficult to get 3rd and 4th years to participate due to hospital rotations

30. AMA Interim Meeting in San Diego, CA (AM, November 4-6, 2010)
Number of students: 4
Summary: Two second year medical students presented posters from their respective
summer research programs and competed in the AMA’s Research Symposium. Angela
Sandell and Vanessa Sarfoh gave a Buffalo Chapter update to the MSSNY delegation and
attended the MSS Reference and Regional meetings. At the Region 7 meeting, Angela
Sandell officially ran for and was elected as one of the 3 Alternate Delegates for Region 7.
Vanessa Sarfoh is a member of the AMA’s Minority Issues Committee and attended
meetings related to the AMA’s Doctors Back to School Program.
Obstacles: Many first year students couldn’t attend due to exam conflicts

31. Health Reform Update Post-Midterm Elections with Nick Rohrhoff (AD, November 11,
Number of students: 80
Summary: After the midterm elections, many of our students still had questions and did not
fully understand the significance of the results from the election. To address these questions,
our Chapter Co-President, Joanna Lim, and our VP of Legislation and Policy, Josh Hauser,
invited the AMA’s Government Relations Fellow to speak to our students and explain the
significance of the midterm election results and implications it may have to health reform.
Since Nick lives in Washington DC, the meeting was conducted via conference call at a
lecture hall using Google phone. Over 80 MS1 and MS2 students attended.
Obstacles: Google dropped our call mid-way. We ended up using Skype to finish the
meeting. Despite this, the students found the event helpful and interesting.

32. Glaucoma Screening at St. Joseph’s University Parish (CS, CO, November 14, 2010)
Number of students: 10 student volunteers and 3 physicians
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with the medical school’s ophthalmology interest group
to provide glaucoma screening to the parishioners of St. Joseph’s University Parish in
Buffalo, NY. Our chapter provided a bagel breakfast with fresh fruit and water to the
medical student volunteers, doctors, and patients. Within 3 hours, we were able to screen 15
patients. The first years also learned how to use an ophthalmoscope, tonopen, and take a
brief patient history.
Obstacle: None

33. Doctors Back to School Event (CO, CS, November 20, 2010)
Number of students: 6 student volunteers, 25 college students, 5 physicians
Summary: The student AMA and SNMA chapters collaborated to bring the first Doctors
Back to School (DBTS) event at the University at Buffalo. Vanessa Sarfoh, an active SNMA
member and member of the AMA Minority Issues Committee, and Joanna Lim, our Chapter
Co-President, worked together to organize a 5-physician panel discussion comprised of
minority physicians of different specialties. Vanessa gave a brief PowerPoint presentation
explaining current trends of underrepresented minorities in medicine, while Joanna gave a
brief introduction about the AMA and how the DBTS program started. The discussion and
personal experiences shared by the physicians left the attendees encouraged to continue and
pursue a career of becoming a physician. Lastly, with the generosity of an SNMA physician,
each attendee received a medical school prep book. The event was featured in an issue of
AMA Wire.
Obstacles: None

34. AMA Student Lounge Cleaning (AM, February 15, 2011)
Number of students: 6
Summary: Student members helped clean the student lounge.
Obstacles: None

35. AMA E-board Elections (AM, February 17, 2011)
Number of students: 60
Summary: Members elected a new e-board. Each candidate gave a speech about why he/she
wants to run for a position on the executive board. Three new positions were created:
Worldscopes Project Manager, Liaison to the Minority Issues Committee, and Chapter
Secretary. Elections were conducted via paper ballots. Free lunch was provided.
Obstacles: Use clickers next time – easier and faster to count votes.

36. AMA E-board Dinner (AM, February 23, 2011)
Number of students: 21
Summary: The old e-board transitioned their roles to the new e-board. Free dinner and
dessert were provided. Upcoming events were discussed and next e-board meeting was
scheduled. Meeting took 3 hours.
Obstacles: None

37. Region 7 Meeting in Boston, MA (AM, February 26, 2011)
Number of students: 2
Summary: Two members attended the meeting in Boston to learn about region updates and
the Miles for Healthier Lifestyles bike relay. Both students were able to get sponsorship
from the medical school’s Parents Council to attend the meeting.
Obstacles: Meeting coincided with exams

38. AMA Lobby Day - MSSNY Webcast Open Forum (AD, March 7, 2011)
Number of students: 2 attended the meeting at the MSCE office, others watched the webcast
on their computer at home.
Summary: MSSNY organized a webcast open forum for medical students and physicians.
Our VP of Legislation and Policy attended the meeting at the MSCE office. She also
provided the student body with a brief update about issues discussed at the meeting, which
she also posted on our website:
Obstacles: None – most students opted to watch the webcast at home due to exam schedule

39. MSSNY Meeting at Monroe County Medical Society Office (AM, March 12, 2011)
Number of students: 7 from SUNY Buffalo
Summary: The Medical Society of the State of New York hosted its spring meeting at two
locations, Westbury, NY and Rochester, NY. Our chapter attended the meeting in Rochester,
NY. Resolutions were discussed, elections for the new MSSNY governing council was
conducted and state awards were announced. CJ Cancino (MS1) was elected as Task Force
Chair for Membership and Recruitment in MSSNY-MSS. Our chapter also won the
Recruitment Award for having recruited the highest number of members from the first year
medical school class and tied the Chapter of the Year Award with New York Medical
Press release:
Obstacles: None

40. Healthcare in the LGBTQ Community Lunch Lecture (AD, CS, April 5, 2011)
Number of students: 60
Summary: Our chapter invited James Bowman, Ed.M. who is the Special Populations
Outreach Coordinator at UB’s Wellness Education Services to speak at the event. His lecture
focused on understanding LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer) identity
terminology, health concerns of the community, factors that contribute to these health
concerns and tips for working with LGBTQ patients. Purpose was to provide students with
more information about how to provide better care for these patients. Many students found
the event helpful and wanted more similar topics in the future.
Obstacles: None

41. AMA Pre-Exam Goody Bags (AM, April 7, 2011)
Number of students: 145
Summary: Our chapter handed out goody bags to the first year class before their first
histology GI exam. The goody bags included string cheese, bottled water, apple, granola bar,
and a flyer for the Miles for Healthier Lifestyles bike relay.
Obstacles: None

42. AMA Meeting for Miles for Healthier Lifestyles (AM, April 13, 2011)
Number of students: 40
Summary: Lead coordinators Lisa Linde and Dan Briggs held a meeting with students
participating in the bike ride on April 30th. They went over the route and key safety tips on
the road (i.e. getting a flat tire, signaling to cars when making turns, obeying traffic rules).
Additionally, our treasurer provided the cyclists with information about sponsorship. This
year, each cyclist is encouraged to ask for sponsorship/donation for Buffalo City Mission.
Obstacles: None

43. AMA 5K Fun Run (CG, April 14, 2011)
Number of students: 16 runners, 3 volunteers
Summary: Our chapter organized a 5K fun run to encourage medical students to take a break
and get some exercise. Certificates were provided to the top 5 finishers. Every runner
received his/her final finishing time. Snacks and beverages were provided after the event.
Obstacles: None

44. Women Physicians Dinner (CO, CG, April 18, 2011)
Number of students: 40
Summary: Our chapter collaborated with the American Women’s Medical Association
(AMWA) and Women’s Health Interest Group (WHIG) to bring our annual women
physicians dinner event. We had several specialties represented including: thoracic surgery,
pediatric neurology, ophthalmology, OB/GYN, and family medicine. The panel discussion
covered many topics including career paths, challenges, and how to manage your personal
life. Obstacles: None

45. Fundraiser – Miles for Healthier Lifestyles Bar Night (AM, ME, CS, April 22, 2011)
Number of students: 60
Summary: Miles for Healthier Lifestyles fundraiser at Thirsty Buffalo raised over $600 for
the Buffalo City Mission. A $5 donation gave students a drink discount all night and many
students appreciated spending time with each other outside of class.
Obstacles: Same night of a Buffalo Sabres game made the bar crowded.

46. Doctors Back to School (DBTS) – Health Sciences Charter HS (CS, April 26, 2011)
Attendance: 20 medical student volunteers, 6 physicians, 90 high school students
Summary: Our chapter worked with the Health Sciences Charter HS to organize the first
DBTS event in their school. The itinerary included lunch provided by the school, meeting
student ambassadors from the HS who gave us a wonderful tour of their school, a schoolwide
assembly with physician introductions, small group discussions with physicians and
medical students, and a case activity session with medical students. For the case activity, the
students rotated through 3 different physical exam stations where they learned how to
perform a pupillary-reflex exam, listen to the heart and check for pulses, and check deep
tendon reflexes. The students also learned a few facts about diabetes and the importance of
patient compliance to medication and prevention of disease.
Obstacles: Getting enough supplies for the activity stations.

47. AMA Potluck Picnic/Lunch (AM, ME April 28, 2011)
Number of students: 30
Summary: Offered several fun INDOOR activities including Kan Jam (frisbee game), ping
pong, pool, and making friendship bracelets. We had plenty of food to share and students
used this time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.
Obstacles: It was hard for people to bring food and the tornado warning weather made
outdoor activities impossible.

48. Miles for Healthier Lifestyles Bike Relay (CS, ME, CG, April 30, 2011)
Number of students: 16 riders, 7 volunteers
Summary: Miles for Healthier Lifestyles is an annual Region 7 event where chapters
organize a bike ride to increase awareness in healthy life choices. Similar to last year, our
chapter used the event to raise money for a local charity. This year, the riders raised money
for the Buffalo City Mission, an organization that serves the homeless community. Students
cycled either 20 or 40 miles on a scenic route in the Buffalo-Niagara region. Breakfast was
provided before the ride and a picnic lunch was served at the halfway point in Niagara Falls.
Obstacles: Getting more participants – the region-wide date falls at a time when students
have exams.

49. Other: Every month, representatives from our e-board attended medical school student
government meetings to provide updates to student class representatives and other e-board
members from other clubs.

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University of Michigan Medical School

Our membership drives started as soon as the first year medical students arrived on campus. We
organized and held a barbecue on the first evening of orientation at a park in the area next to the
hospital/medical school where most of the medical students live. The event was open to all students
and served as a great opportunity to welcome the new students to the University of Michigan and
raise awareness of the AMA chapter presence on the medical school campus. A good majority of the
first year class attended the barbecue as well as many current AMA members, which allowed for more
personable recruiting opportunities.

The next day, we had a booth set up at our school’s orientation fair, which exposed first year students
to all the organizations at the medical school. We had our chapter officers and Kristin Tinney from
Chicago actively recruiting students at the fair, advertising the incentives and answering questions
about the AMA.

The following week, we held a lunch meeting introducing our chapter and the greater AMA to the first
year students. Our chapter president gave a quick PowerPoint presentation about the chapter. Then
Dr. Daniel Michael, Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS) President Elect and Dr. Paul Bozyk,
Chair of the MSMS RFS spoke to the students about their involvement in organized medicine.

At every one of these three recruitment events in the beginning of the school year, we had
representatives from the MSMS-MSS Governing council, Washtenaw County Medical Society, and
Michigan State Medical Society helping us recruit. We also had a recruitment table set up at all the

Additionally, we also hosted a Succeeding In Medical School event with Kristina Maletz, AMA-MSS
Vice Chair a month later and received more applications following the event.

Recruitment and membership development continued throughout the year as we publicized many of
our events to the entire medical school and held several meetings on writing resolutions, health
reform updates, and different ways to get involved – see Chapter Resume.

Community Service:
As part of this year's National Service Project, our chapter partnered with a number of community
organizations and student groups to provide educational activities for the public.

We worked with Project Healthy Schools, an organization that works toward improving the curriculum
on health and changing cafeteria options at local
middle schools. We promoted the group and found volunteers for health screenings and educational
gym classes. Over a dozen of our members also taught 10-week classes to sixth graders on how to
make better food choices and increase physical activity.

In January, we worked with Tappan Middle School in Ann Arbor and set up two activity stations at
"Tappan Fun Night", which included a small health fair. Our members staffed a booth teaching
students handwashing techniques using glow lotion and a black light, as well as a three-legged race
to help get students active. Approximately 200 middle school students participated in our activities.
We plan to set up similar activities at Healthy Kids Day, sponsored by the YMCA, in May. The event
will be held in Ypsilanti, a city which has had to close down their community recreation centers in
recent years.
Along with two other student groups, our chapter put together "Wellness Week" for medical students
in March, also as part of the National Service Project. Our chapter sponsored a Chinese cooking class
and a catered lunch
talk from Dr. Kim Eagle, director of the University of Michigan Cardiovascular Center, on public and
education and community involvement in improving obesity. The week also included talks about
depression in physicians and medical students, personal training, and the healing foods pyramid, as
well as free meditation and yoga classes for students.

Finally, we have put together a cookbook of 35 healthy recipes. We hope to distribute the cookbook
throughout local free clinics.

In addition to our events with the National Service Project, our chapter also participated in projects for
the Make-a-Difference Day campaign and World AIDS Week. For Make-a-Difference Day, we
collected toiletries, canned food, and other donations, which were distributed via the Michigan State
Medical Society to local shelters.

For World AIDS Week, our chapter organized a panel of AIDS experts to discuss the multidisciplinary
approaches to combating the AIDS pandemic.

The panel included an infectious disease specialist, a graduate student at the School of Public Health,
and an epidemiologist that worked for the Michigan Department of Community Health.

Our chapter has been involved in a variety of advocacy efforts that range from educating our
members about current health policy issues to attending the NAC.

Prior to the start of our academic year, we implemented our “Policy at the Pub meetings.” This series
of informal gatherings were organized to discuss healthcare policy issues to promote awareness
among members and to stimulate productive discussion. Relevant papers or reports from many sides
of the issues were dispersed to members before the meetings. These events were very successful
during such a dynamic time in Health Care.

In our state, a Physician Tax was the topic of much debate this past year. Our chapter Vice-Chair
attended special Washtenaw County Society meetings with state society board members to discuss
the possible physician tax and the pros/cons for physicians. This gave our chapter an opportunity to
voice the student opinion and take part in these discussions.

We repeatedly encouraged our members to use the AMA Hotline to call Levin & Stabenow's reps to
encourage them to support 1776 this past fall. We felt more members were active in these efforts than
in previous years.

Three members from our chapter traveled to DC and met with congressional leaders during Lobby
Day and with our state physicians at the NAC. We met with many leaders from the House and Senate
to discuss medical student loan repayment, primary care shortage, the SGR formula, and GME

Our chapter hosted the Region V meeting and worked closely with Rep. Dingell’s office to organize a
legislative update session. We encouraged members from the region to prepare questions to ask
Rep. Dingell. We also allowed members who could not attend submit questions that were asked on
their behalf. Additionally, Senator Stabenow prepared a DVD addressed she explained what she has
been working on the past year and the status of health care reform.

Finally, at our State HOD, we worked with students from across the state to address the issue of
primary care and student debt. We gathered data from 900 students that demonstrated our concern
regarding these issues. A resolution to present legislation that would subsidize student loans for
primary care physicians that completed medical school/residency in Michigan and worked for a set
number of years. This was initially recommended to not adopt by the reference committee. After we
extracted the resolution and initiated discussion on the floor,
it passed.

Active Membership:
Our chapter has had a number of active members this year throughout all levels of the AMA. Our
increased involvement stems from experienced members educating M1s about the AMA structure,
leadership opportunities, resolution writing, policy searching, and facilitating discussions regarding
policy and legislation.

County – Chapter President Erqi Liu recruited our county society president to serve as our first
chapter adviser. A task to our external Vice-Chair, Megan Gayeski, was to attend all county medical
society board meetings. We send five students to each quarterly lecture. Additionally, updates from
our chapter board are provided in the county newsletter.

State - Gayeski was chair of a committee that organized student involvement in helping to plan the
Region V meeting from students across the state. Liu was chair of our state resolutions/advocacy
committee. Wojcik led a state-wide survey of 900 medical students across the state to quantify health
concerns and shared results at our state HOD and lobby day. Wojcik and Gayeski serve as student
representatives on state bioethics and state legislation committees, respectively. Yaseen Oweis has
served as our student trustee to the MSMS Board for the past two years and Gayeski was elected to
serve as the Vice-Chair of the state student board. Ten students attended our state HOD. Wojcik
served on the legislative reference committee and Heather Wahl was on the teller committee which
counted votes and administered delegate cards.

Region V – Wojcik currently serves as Region Vice-Chair. Courtland Keteyian served as Regional
Delegate and Nat Schuster as RAD (recently elected to RD). Wojcik and Andrew Kimball serve on the
Region V COLA (Kimball as MI Vice- Chair) and Liu and Gayeski on the Resolutions committee
(Gayeski as Vice- Chair). Additionally, the Region V meeting was hosted by our chapter, coorganized
by Gayeski and Wojcik, and many members worked hard to ensure its success.

MSS - Approximately 12 students traveled to both the past interim and annual meetings. Schuster
serves as chair of CEM, Liu and Wojcik as HCC Vice-Chairs, and Gayeski as logistics chair. Nate
Meyer was a member of logistics at I-09. Three resolutions proposed by our members passed the
MSS at I-09. The resolution regarding Online Professionalism by Liu and Wojcik was forwarded
immediately to the AMA-HOD and was passed. Three students attended Lobby Day and two attended
the NAC. Wojcik received a Foundation Leadership

AMA - Keteyian serves as the Councilor to CMS.

Our goal for our chapter this past year was getting and keeping members involved in the organization.
We addressed this goal through two major innovations: increasing chapter committees and leadership
roles, and streamlining our chapter communication. We created the following committees to address
specific avenues of interests that members may have: Community Service, Health Policy, National
Service Project, Resolutions, Social. We had a first-year chapter member co-chair the committee with
a more experienced second year chapter member to give them guidance and advice. We filled the
committees with any members who were interested and who sent in a short application. By delegating
responsibilities and creating leadership roles early in the year, we hoped to give new members a
sense of ownership over part of the chapter that would keep them
involved and engaged throughout their medical school career.
For the members who weren’t able to commit to serving on or heading a committee, we wanted to
keep them included by improving our chapter communications. In the past, we’ve always had a few
people who were really
involved in the organization at multiple levels, while the rest of the chapter was kept in the dark about
AMA activities and opportunities. The chapter leadership wanted to change that this year by being as
transparent, open and accessible as possible to all chapter members. We started utilizing C-tools, to
centralize our resources online. All of our chapter members were added as a member of this site, and
through C-tools, they could view updates and announcements, event summaries and pictures,
chapter information, and resources. That way, even if they weren’t able to physically be present at a
chapter, county, state, or national meeting, they would be kept abreast of what our organization was
up to. Moreover, by logging all of our chapter communications and resources on one forum, we make
the transitions between chapter leadership every year smoother and more productive.

During this past year, our chapter has collaborated with a number of other groups. We decided to plan
the Region V Meeting, with the theme of Health Care Reform, with other schools in our state and
region. We set up a planning committee through the student section of the Michigan State Medical
Society (MSMS), which had members from the University of Michigan, Michigan State University, and
Wayne State University. This enabled our school to involve our entire state in the regional meeting,
especially since we had each medical school in our state create their own session as well. In addition,
three of the Region V Working Committees (COLA, Community Service, and Resolutions), which
already contain members from each of the five states in our region, held separate sessions to teach
fellow attendees how to lobby, put on a great community service project, and write a fantastic
resolution. This was a great opportunity for everyone involved to work with medical students from
different schools and states.

In addition, we collaborated with the MSMS- Residents and Fellows Section to arrange two sessions
at the Regional Meeting. Residents, including the current MSMS-RFS chair, Dr. Paul Bozyk, and Dr.
Venu Vadlamudi, RFS-Region V Chair, and students put on a group discussion to help MSS members
make the
transition to the RFS. In addition, Brandon Wojcik, Megan Gayeski, and Dr. Bozyk coordinated both
the session with Congressman Dingell and the video from Senator Stabenow.

Overall, our chapter in the past year has not only had increased membership, but more participation
from our membership. We’ve obtained a faculty advisor; we’ve had more members than ever seeking
higher office; we’ve had more collaboration among our chapter and the other chapters in our state,
and the county and state medical societies; we’ve streamlined chapter communications; we’ve
expanded the chapter committees and opportunities for members to get involved.

January 26th, 2009- AMA Whirlyball (CG)
Number of Members: 15
Summary: The new and old AMA board put on a fun get-together for the general membership. AMA
students played whirlyball (think lacrosse on go-carts), ate dinner, and discussed other possible social
Obstacles: Difficult to get members to do events on a weeknight!

February 6th, 2009- Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS)- Young Physicians (YPS), Residents
and Fellows (RFS), and Medical Student (MSS) Sections Joint Social (CO)
Number of Members: 7
Summary: The younger sections of the state medical society planned an evening of food and
socializing in Royal Oak. The event provided a networking opportunity with other physicians,
residents, and students in the state.
Obstacles: Difficult to get students to drive to an event over an hour away.

February 27th-March 1st, 2009- Region V Meeting 2009 (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: Students gathered for the annual regional meeting at Wright State, with the theme of
“Together Towards Tomorrow.”
Obstacles: Michigan was on Spring Break and most students were out of town.

March 7th, 2009- Joint Section Meeting (CO)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students met with the RFS and YPS sections in the morning before holding a separate
meeting of their own to discuss upcoming resolutions and other business.
Obstacles: Held during a busy weekend for UMMS students and difficult to get students to drive to

March 12th, 2009- Washtenaw County Medical Society (WCMS) Executive
Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: Megan Gayeski (medical student representative to the board) discussed upcoming
resolutions and issues in the county
Obstacles: Only one student allowed to attend

March 24th, 2009- WCMS General Session Dinner- Making Healthcare Safer
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students attended a session with physicians to discuss changes that can be made to limit
errors in the medical field.
Obstacles: Only 5 students allowed to attend

April 9th, 2009- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: Megan Gayeski (medical student representative to the board) discussed upcoming
resolutions and issues in the county
Obstacles: Only one student allowed to attend

April 14th, 2009- District 14 Meeting (CO)
Number of students: 6
Summary: Student representatives to the MSMS-HOD meeting met with other physician
representatives to discuss resolutions
Obstacles: Only students attending MSMS-HOD were allowed to attend

April 20th, 2009- MSMS HOD Panel (AM)
Number of Students: 10
Summary: Chapter members met to discuss and formulate the school’s opinion on upcoming
resolutions to the MSMS-HOD Meeting
Obstacles: Not all students were familiar with the resolutions

April 24th-26th, 2009- MSMS House of Delegates (HOD) (AM)
Number of Students: 8
Summary: Chapter members attended the annual House of Delegates meeting for the state medical
Obstacles: Limited number of students allowed to attend and vote

April 25th, 2009- Second Look Organization Booth (ME)
Number of students: 3
Summary: Students discussed the AMA with prospective incoming medical students during an
organization fair.
Obstacles: Most of the board was attending the MSMS-HOD, held the same weekend.

May 6th, 2009- Cover the Uninsured Lunch (CS)
Number of Students: 50
Summary: The chapter collaborated with the County Health Plan (which provides free medical care to
county residents) to present a session on health insurance and how students can become more
involved in care of the county’s residents.
Obstacles: Not all students interested in the topic

May 7th, 2009- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: Megan Gayeski (medical student representative to the board) discussed issues in the
Obstacles: Only one student allowed to attend

June 4th, 2009- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: Megan Gayeski (medical student representative to the board) discussed issues in the
Obstacles: Only one student allowed to attend

May 6th, 2009- MSMS-MSS Governing Council Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 4
Summary: Students met to discuss upcoming resolutions to the Annual meeting Obstacles: Limited
number of students who could attend

June 9th, 2009- Resolutions Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 10
Summary: Students met to discuss upcoming resolutions for the Annual meeting
Obstacles: Held during summer vacation

June 11th-13th, 2009- AMA-MSS Annual Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 10
Summary: Students served on convention committees and attended sessions at the Annual Meeting
in Chicago. Brandon Wojcik ran for and was elected to the Region V Vice Chair position.
Obstacles: Held during summer vacation

June 13th-17th, 2009- AMA Annual Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students stayed for the HOD meeting to attend sessions or serve on HCC
Obstacles: Held during summer vacation

June 30th, 2009- Policy at the Pub (AD)
Number of Members: 8
Summary: Students met at a local pub for dinner and drinks and discusses the state of health care
Obstacles: Held during summer vacation
July 23rd, 2009- Orientation Meeting (ME)
Number of Members: 10
Summary: Students met to discuss plans for the upcoming M1 orientation
Obstacles: Only sent out to board members

July 29th, 2009- MSMS-MSS GC Meeting (CO)
Number of Members: 3
Summary: Students from across the state met to discuss upcoming orientation events
Obstacles: Planned at the last minute and not many students could attend
July 31st, 2009- Chapter Board Meeting (ME)
Number of Members: 10
Summary: Students met to discuss upcoming events and orientation
Obstacles: Only sent to board members

August 3rd, 2009- AMA BBQ (IN)
Number of Members: 100
Summary: Current AMA members met with new students to have dinner and introduce them to the
Obstacles: Ran out of food since so many attended!

August 4th, 2009- Student Organization Fair (ME)
Number of Members: 50
Summary: Students from the chapter and around the state of Michigan helped recruit new chapter
Obstacles: Lots of groups at the fair- hard to set the group apart

August 6th, 2009- AMA Recruitment Table (ME)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students set up a table during the first week of classes for new students and encouraged
students to join
Obstacles: Most students had other lunch plans

August 14th, 2009- Intro to the AMA Lunch (ME)
Number of Members: 50
Summary: The President-Elect of the MSMS, Dr. Michael, came to discuss the AMA with students.
Obstacles: Held during summer break for the M2 students

August 19th, 2009- Pandemic Preparedness Meeting (CO)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The Pandemic Preparedness Council, which consisted of physicians and leaders of every
medical establishment in the county, met to discuss how vaccines for H1N1 should be distributed.
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

August 20th, 2009- AMA Board Meeting (CG)
Number of Students: 10
Summary: Board members met to discuss upcoming committee structure for the chapter
Obstacles: Only board members invited

August 25th, 2009- AMA Mass Meeting (CG)
Number of Students: 30
Summary: Students were introduced to and applied for committee positions
Obstacles: Not a vegetarian option for lunch

August 28th, 2009- Resolutions Writing Session (IN)
Number of Students: 15
Summary: The past Resolutions Chair met with new students to discuss how to write a resolution
Obstacles: Held during class

September 2nd, 2009- Pandemic Preparedness Meeting (CO)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The Pandemic Preparedness Council, which consisted of physicians and leaders of every
medical establishment in the county, met to discuss how vaccines for H1N1 should be distributed.
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

September 10th, 2009- AMA Board Meeting (CG)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students met to select committee chairs
Obstacles: Only board members notified

September 10th, 2009- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The board met to discuss new membership drives and student events
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

September 15th, 2009- WCMS General Session- H1N1 (CG)
Number of Members: 8
Summary: Students met with county physicians and the health department to discuss responses to
infectious diseases
Obstacles: Limited number of students allowed to attend

September 29th, 2009- Succeeding in Medical School Lunch (CG)
Number of Members: 50
Summary: MSS Vice-Chair Kristina Maletz visited to discuss the AMA
Obstacles: Was more of a recruitment event but occurred after our recruitment had ended

September 29th, 2009- Pandemic Preparedness Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The Pandemic Preparedness Council, which consisted of physicians and leaders of every
medical establishment in the county, met to discuss how vaccines for H1N1 should be distributed.
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

October 2009-May 2010- Project Health Schools (CS)
Number of Students: 13
Summary: Students visit local schools and teach classes on healthy lifestyles
Obstacles: Students need to commit to a semester of teaching

October 5th, 2009- AMA Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Students: 10
Summary: First meeting with the new first year board members
Obstacles: Only open to board members

October 8th, 2009- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 6
Summary: The board met to discuss county issues and upcoming conferences. Students also
presented their resolutions for the upcoming Interim meeting.
Obstacles: Held during a sequence final
October 9th-10th, 2009- MSMS Annual Meeting on Bioethics (CO)
Number of students: 5
Summary: Students met with Michigan physicians at a conference to discuss pandemic responses
Obstacles: Limited number of students allowed to attend

October 24th, 2009- MSMS-MSS Leadership Conference (AM)
Number of Students: 9
Summary: Students met for leadership building and to elect the new state governing council (Megan
Gayeski elected to Vice Chair, Yaseen Oweis elected to Representative to the Board of Directors)
Obstacles: Held an hour away from school

October 27th, 2009- Pandemic Preparedness Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The Pandemic Preparedness Council, which consisted of physicians and leaders of every
medical establishment in the county, met to discuss how vaccines for H1N1 should be distributed.
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

October 31st, 2009- Make a Difference Day (CS)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students collected canned goods and feminine supplies for a local women’s shelter
Obstacles: Held on Halloween night

November 2nd, 2009- Resolutions Meeting (IN)
Number of Members: 15
Summary: Students met to discuss upcoming Interim resolutions
Obstacles: Held during class

November 4th, 2009- Interim Information Session (IN)
Number of Members: 4
Summary: Students attending Interim met to discuss events and sessions
Obstacles: Only for students attending Interim

November 5th-7th, 2009- AMA-MSS Interim Meeting (AM)
Number of Students: 15
Summary: There were six student resolutions from the state of Michigan. Four students served on
convention committees, with Megan Gayeski also serving as the logistics chair. Nat Schuster was
elected to the Regional Delegate position. Four students presented research, with Shaun Patel
winning the overall poster competition and Nat Schuster winning the oral presentation competition.
Obstacles: Held during difficult sequences for students

November 7th-9th, 2009- AMA Interim HOD (AM)
Number of Students: 4
Summary: Students served on HCC, attended as regional delegates and alternate delegates, and
attended state sessions.
Obstacles: Held during difficult sequences for students

November 16th, 2009- AMA Potluck (CG)
Number of Students: 15
Summary: Students met and held a Thanksgiving potluck dinner.
Obstacles: Held during a difficult sequences for second year students

December 1st, 2009- Pandemic Preparedness Meeting (IN)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The Pandemic Preparedness Council, which consisted of physicians and leaders of every
medical establishment in the county, met to discuss how vaccines for H1N1 should be distributed.
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

December 2nd, 2009- World AIDS Week Panel (CO)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Physicians from the medical school and representatives from the health department and
school of public health held a discussion on ways to combat the AIDS pandemic.
Obstacles: Held during other AIDS week events and not located on the medical
school campus.

December 8th, 2009- Board Meeting (CG)
Number of Members: 10
Summary: Students met to discuss the recent Interim meeting and how to get students more involved
in future meetings.
Obstacles: Only for board members

January 7th, 2010- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The board met to discuss new membership drives and student events
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

January 8th, 2010- Tappan Fun Night (CS)
Number of Members: 5
Summary: Students staffed a hand washing booth and a three-legged race for 200 middle school
Obstacle: Difficult to get students to commit to an event on a Friday night.

January 12th, 2010- Mass Meeting (CG)
Number of Members: 20
Summary: Students met to discuss Interim and the upcoming chapter events (Regional Meeting &
Lobby Day)
Obstacles: Many students had other lunch plans

January 15th, 2010- Breakfast with Dr. Sidney Wolfe (AD)
Number of Students: 15
Summary: Dr. Wolfe held a breakfast talk with medical students about his work in the government and
the FDA.
Obstacles: Only fifteen students could attend

February 4th, 2010- WCMS Executive Board Meeting (AM)
Number of Members: 1
Summary: The board met to discuss new membership drives and student events
Obstacles: Only 1 student allowed to attend

February 12th-13th, 2010- Region V Meeting- “The Times, They Are a-Changin’:
Health Care Reform” (CO)
Number of Members: 15 (115 registered total from the region)
Summary: Students from the University of Michigan planned the regional meeting with other students
in the state of Michigan and the region. Highlights of the meeting included an evening with JAMA
Executive Deputy Editor Dr. Phil Fontanarosa, Keynote Speaker Dr. Barbara McAneny, Legislative
Update with Congressman John Dingell, and a Teddy Bear Clinic at the local YMCA. Sessions
included state school presentations, regional working committee workshops, and regional business
Obstacles: First years had an exam

February 28th-March 1st, 2010- Lobby Day (AD)
Number of Members: 2
Summary: Students went to Washington, DC, to meet with legislators and learn how to lobby
Obstacles: Held during a required week for first-year students

March 1st-3rd, 2010- National Advocacy Conference (AD)
Number of Members: 3
Summary: Students went to sessions and lobbied with fellow Michigan physicians. Brandon Wojcik
was also awarded an AMA Leadership Award.
Obstacles: Held during required classes for first-year students.

March 8th, 2010- Chinese Cooking Class (IN)
Number of Students: 10
Summary: Held as a part of Wellness Week, students met with a chef and learned how to make
traditional Chinese dishes
Obstacles: Limited to 10 students

March 9th, 2010- Transition Meeting (CG)
Number of Members: 12
Summary: Old and newly elected board members met to discuss ways to increase membership and
events in the upcoming year.
Obstacles: Only for board members

March 10th, 2010- Cardiovascular Health and Project Healthy Schools Lunch
Number of Members: 40
Summary: Lunch talk about initiatives to improve the health of schoolchildren.
Obstacles: Difficult time for second, third, and fourth year students to attend

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2009 School of the Year
Jefferson Medical College

Jefferson Medical College does an excellent job of recruitment each year, with incoming membership
rates close to 70%. Since we have one of the largest medical schools in the country (over 250
students per class), this translates into a large total number of members (600+ students).

Our strong membership numbers are a result of an aggressive membership campaign. Over the
summer, each student receives a personalized letter introducing the AMA MSS and outlining specific
goals that the local chapter has for the year. This is followed up by a lunchtime talk for first year
students held on their first day of classes (thus, the first organization they are exposed to). At this
meeting, chapter leaders emphasize the importance of joining professional medicine societies and
further discuss the benefits of AMA membership. Other methods of drawing in new members included
sending personal emails and phone calls, as well as communicating through a Facebook group.
Membership recruitment did not cease during the course of the school year. In fact, efforts were made
at all AMA events and school wide fairs to attract non members.

Community Service
Community service has always been one of the main facets of the Jefferson AMA chapter. In August
2008, we held a health screening and wellness booth at the Non Violence Rally and Resource Fair at
the West Philadelphia Community Center. At the fair, students performed blood pressure, glucose,
and vision screenings. Informational pamphlets on hypertension, diabetes, and other general health
issues were handed out, as well as resources to local free clinics and mammograms for those who
were under or uninsured. Students also made and presented various posters on issues such as
sexual health, cancer screenings, and bone marrow donation.

In December 2008, we also held a health fair for the Burmese, Iraqi, and Korean refugee population at
the Nationalities Service Center in Philadelphia, PA. At the event, we offered blood pressure, glucose,
and vision screenings, face painting for the children, and also administered flu shots. We again
presented various posters, but this time translated them into their respective languages. We also gave
away free reading glasses for those who needed them. In the Cover the Uninsured theme, we signed
many of the children up for the SCHIP program and also offered other resources to find insurance.
Other health advocacy issues addressed included taking doctor’s appointments, refilling prescriptions,
and helping paying off utilities bills.

In February 2009, we held our annual date auction at McGillan’s Olde Ale House, where we auctioned
off AMA members with dates to various restaurants, museums, and other attractions that were
donated by local businesses. We raised over $1,000 for our “Helping the Homeless Project,” in which
we filled bags with toiletries, sports drinks, water, snacks, socks, ponchos, etc. and distributed them to
the homeless living on the street (especially for those who choose not to use the services of shelters).
The money that was left over will be donated to a charity (100% of proceeds are donated).
In June 2008, we also held a health fair at the Gallery Mall in Philadelphia, PA. Again, we performed
glucose and blood pressure screenings, along with the poster presentations. We also held a bone
marrow drive at the event, and were able to get funding from the local American Red Cross, so that
nobody would have to pay the registration fee. We plan to hold this event again in May 2009.

Our AMA chapter has also participated in the community service events at the annual Pennsylvania
Medical Society (PMS) meeting and Region 6 Conference. At the PMS meeting in Hershey, PA, we
volunteered at a nursing home and helped with aerobic activities, trivia, etc. At the Region 6
Conference in Washington D.C., we helped out at the health fair at a food shelter, and also helped in
the kitchen.

Finally, our chapter has signed up for the Secondhand Smoking Cessation program started by the
AMA this year. We are planning on holding two presentations in the near future.

Our Legislative committee’s primary goal in the 2008 2009 academic year was to advocate for the
refugee population. However, since the whole process was new to us, we spent the beginning part of
the year learning about the legislative process. Our first milestone this year was the presentation of
our CPR resolution at the interim meeting in Chicago. Though the resolution did not pass, we were
able to learn a lot about the process and integrate this knowledge into our future projects.

The Legislative committee diligently pursued its passion to aid the refugee population by seeking out
various resources. In early January, the Legislative committee partnered with Partners in Hope, a
school organization dedicated to refugee health. With the help of Partners in Hope, the legislative
committee members were able to attend lectures on refugee health given by physicians well studied
in refugee health disparities. The legislative committee was also able to meet privately with physicians
who serve the city’s refugee population and representatives from the Nationalities Service Center.
Committee members also participated in the Refugee Health Fair hosted by the Community Service
and Involvement Committees. By working with the refugees the committee members were further able
to understand the needs of the refugee community.

After learning about the refugee population, the committee, over the course of three months, drafted a
resolution that presents the major problems in the health care of refugees. We hope that this
resolution will pass in the AMA MSS at the 2009 National Conference.

Although advocating for the refugee population was the Legislative Committee’s primary goal, the
committee was able to accomplish other goals as well. During the election season, the Legislative
committee was able to host an open mic forum featuring Dr. David Nash, a nationally renowned
health policy expert. Dr. Nash was able to educate and answer many questions the students had
about the future of healthcare in our country. Another discussion forum was also held where
healthcare plans of the major presidential candidates were introduced and debated.

The legislative committee also hosted a Resolution Writing Workshop where student members where
taught about the AMA’s legislative process. Students were resented with previous AMA legislation,
taught how to write resolutions, and also encouraged to actively participate by submitting their own
resolutions. One of the highlights of this year’s Legislative committee was National Lobby Day. The
chapter was able generate much interest and excitement in the student body, and was able to recruit
17 students to attend Lobby Day. This was a significant accomplishment for the chapter as we were
thrilled to see many of the rising first year students participate. A few weeks later, we sent students to
Harrisburg to participate in the State Lobby Day hosted by the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

Active membership
Over the last year, we have significantly increased chapter meeting attendance to 75 to 100 students
per meeting. The meetings are held on a bi monthly basis. We also had over 25 first year students
join various committees and take on an active role.

In order to encourage active membership, we held various events to gain student interests. These
included two open mic forums on the presidential candidates and their various healthcare policies,
training sessions for health fairs, surgical skills nights, and a shadowing program.

Kavita Shah served as the student member on the Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs and has
been re elected to the same committee as the resident position. She is also the medical student
observer on the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) Committee on Ethics
and the ACOG District 3 medical student liaison. She also serves as the delegate from the
Philadelphia County Medical Society (PCMS) to the Pennsylvania House of Delegates (HOD).

Daniel Pucheril is the current chair of the Pennsylvania Medical Society (PMS) student section. Zein
Nakhoda is serving the role of alternate delegate elect of the PMS to the AMA OD and will be the
alternate delegate the following year. He is also aspiring to run for the Region 6 chair position.

Jeanine Spielberger is currently the PCMS liaison to the PMS. We also have many members serving
on various AMA MSS standing committees. Arpan Patel and Rajan Singla served on the Committee
on Membership and Chapter Development (MCD). Ratika Gupta served on the Committee on Global
Health and Policy (GHP), where she contributed to the Pamoja publication. She is also applying to be
the new chair of the GHP committee for next year. Our chapter sent seventeen students to the
AMA MSS Lobby Day in Washington D.C., five students to the annual AMA meeting in Chicago, and
six students to the interim meeting in Orlando. Jefferson also had nine members represented at the
PMS annual meeting in Hershey, PA and three members at the PA State Advocacy Day.
One major problem in the past was keeping students updated on AMA events and activities. This was
accomplished by creating a Facebook group and setting up a listserv to send email reminders. We
also added a Public Relations committee, which made in class announcements, flyers, posters, and
encouraged attendance at
meetings and events.

Another new idea was to set up an oversight system, where each member of the executive board was
responsible in overseeing a particular committee (Community Service, Legislative, etc.). This
increased accountability and resulted in more active participation and number of events that were
held. We also created a central theme refugee health reform) for our local chapter to rally around that
also helped increase interest and participation.

Additionally, we increased our collaboration with many other student groups and professional interest
groups. This allowed us to get access to additional funds and resources of those organizations, as
well as increase attendance at events.

Finally, we added a training session for first year students before each health fair. This dramatically
increased attendance and active involvement, as students were anxious to learn how to measure
blood pressure, check glucose levels, and administer flu shots. We also started the “AMA Medicine
and Surgery Observations program.” This is an online site that facilitates shadowing requests from
first and second year students and provides information about specific specialties.

Our Jefferson chapter worked with various organizations on campus to strengthen partnership and
quality of events. Throughout the year, we have been working with AMSA to set up rapid HIV
screening and AIDS counseling at local shelters. This has provided a valuable and meaningful patient
interaction for medical students, and a great service to the community. Similarly, we partnered up with
our student run clinic on campus, JeffHOPE, by selling t shirts and pretzels to raise money for clinic
supplies and medications.

We also partnered up with the Gibbon Surgical Society and the PMS to create a surgical skills night
for students. We had over 15 attending surgeons (including immediate past president of the PMS, Dr.
Peter Lund, and president elect of the PMS, Dr. James Goodyear) teaching suturing skills, scrubbing
in, and answer questions about rotations and the surgical field. We were also able to recruit additional
students to join the PMS and AMA at the event.

At our various health fairs, we gained support of various other organizations. These organizations that
lent their services included JeffSEES (vision screenings), JeffHOPE for Kids (face painting and
children’s activities), Partners in Hope (refugee health organization), AOA and Move4Health (glucose
screenings), AMSA, US Department of Health and Human Services (flu shots), and the American Red
Cross (bone marrow drive).

Jefferson Medical College also partnered up with law students and medical students from various
schools in the Philadelphia area. We worked together to help organize symposium, “DNR DNA: A
Legal Look at Personalized Medicine and End of Life ethics.” We hope to work with other schools in
the area in the future.

In the 2008 2009 Academic Year, the Jefferson AMA showed tremendous growth in all aspects of
the organization. Our meeting attendance increased from an average of 30 students in the previous
year, to an average 80 students per meeting this year. Attendance at the National and Interim
meetings maintained strong, with Jefferson students increasingly running for higher AMA positions. As
mentioned above, we had three students on AMA MSS standing committees, and one student serve
on the committee on Ethics and Judicial Affairs.

Jefferson students also became increasingly involved at the county and state levels. We have two
students serving in roles in the Philadelphia County Medical Society, and we have two students
serving positions at the Pennsylvania Medical Society.

As a chapter, we showed innovation in our construction of an executive oversight system. This system
helped our organization become more efficient in following through with its various goals. We also
created a Public Relations position, which served a vital role in increasing student awareness.
Furthermore, as Jefferson’s largest student organization, our AMA showed leadership and initiative by
reaching out to other school groups to co sponsor numerous events.

Our Community Service and Involvement Committees worked well together, and colluded to efficiently
target needy populations in Philadelphia. Together they increased the number of AMA run health fairs
and also increased the amount of funds raised for charity.

On the Legislative front, we made major strides by writing two resolutions, breaking a drought for our
chapter and region. Our chapter also showed marked increase in attendance of National Lobby Day
boasting 17 students. In Conclusion the Jefferson AMA showed drastic growth in every major area.

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2008 School of the Year
University of Texas Medical School, Houston

Numerous students mingling with physicians, drink in hand, fajita in mouth, is the epitome of UT-
Houston’s membership efforts. This year our chapter coordinated pre-entrance applications with a
welcome mixer to maximize student involvement. All entering students received an AMA application
in their official UT-Houston acceptance packet. Students who did not mail in the application joined
during new-student orientation. We invited Krissy Tinney, AMA recruiter, to attend our orientation,
and participated in the AMA’s gift card pilot program. The result was a high number of MS1 students
joining our organization in a school with a strong AMSA presence. To solidify new student
membership and reach out to MS3/MS4 students, we joined Baylor College of Medicine’s AMA
chapter and the Harris County Medical Society in a “Back to School” mixer. Every student member
received free fajitas and beverages. Tom Garcia, MD, President of HCMS gave a welcome address.
In addition to recruiting MS3 and MS4 students, this mixer gave members a great opportunity to
network with students at neighboring Baylor. In addition to the orientation efforts, membership
applications were provided at every chapter meeting. After the election of the new 2008-2009
officers, our chapter provided coffee to all medical students one morning during exam week so
students could meet the new officers. This opportunity was used to highlight the students not yet
members of the AMA and recruit them one-on-one. The AMA is now so well represented at the
school, that when the medical school curtailed class-wide emailing privileges to class officers, it made
an exception for the AMA student chapter.

Community Service
In keeping with the spirit of the AMA’s national mission, UT-Houston Medical School has been
working over the past year with the Harris County Hospital District (HCHD) to increase the ability of
the uninsured county population to receive help filling out applications and receiving health care
access. This project was headed by two of the ’07-’08 officers in charge of training about 90 students
to work on giving general health information and education to the applicants while also helping ease
the application process for those needing help. These 90 students have completed training given by
the HCHD which will help the students work better in a capacity to help the District deal with their
employee shortage. Two sites are currently being assessed and readied by 7 members and officers
for the influx of student help. The sites are aimed at increasing access for Harris County’s immigrant
populations including Asian and Mexican community sites. This will launch in the 2008 fall semester.
Three of the 5 students that attended the A-07 conference also attend the National Service project.
Officers and members put together a ‘coffeehouse for kids’ where music, lunch, coffee and live
entertainment was provided to those who came. There were about 80 attendees. Proceeds went to
benefit Child Advocates, a local non-profit organization. One member while part of a standing
committee participated in the AMA-MAC Doctors Back to School program. This event was held at a
middle school during the I-07 conference in Hawaii. This student helped with a presentation given to
the entire school’s seventh and eighth grade classes with 5 other students from across the nation and
2 physicians. The presentation dealt with what a doctor was, how to become a doctor and what a
typical day of a med student and doctor were like. Lastly, 25 students participated in distributing bike
helmets to elementary school students at 2 schools and one hospital. This was done through the help
of TMA and another school organization. The students saw a melon demonstration about the
importance of wearing a helmet and what happens when one falls without a helmet. Also, the students
learned about general bike safety and were given coloring books, bookmarks and a brand new bike
helmet which the medical students fit on each elementary school student. The students read and
signed a pledge to be safe and remember the important bike safety lessons they were taught.

UT-Houston students have engaged in advocacy at every level. Beginning immediately last year, UT-
Houston AMA members gave up part of their spring break and went to Austin, TX to join Texas
Medical Association physicians in lobbying state congressmen about the needs of organized
medicine. This successful event saw a flood of white coats at the state capital, and UT-Houston
students personally received reassurance from Sen. Ellen Cohen, D-Houston, of her continued
support for the goals of organized medicine. One student attended the AMPAC Regional Campaign
Workshop, and reported back to the chapter the pearls of running a campaign that he learned. This
year, our chapter had a student with prior experience as a staffer in Washington D.C. work in
conjunction with the Harris County Medical Society to create and distribute a non-partisan comparison
of the presidential candidates’ health proposals before the primary elections. This packet
subsequently served as a template for the Texas Medical Association’s official non-partisan
comparison recently released at its annual meeting. Our chapter chair organized an 20/220
educational luncheon when news broke that the 20/220 was being ended. We invited Dr. Joseph
Cox, from US Education Finance Group to speak to students about loan consolidation. In addition to
his talk, a chapter officer gave an overview of the 20/220 rule, the foreseen changes, and what
advocacy steps the AMA was taking in Washington D.C. Subsequent email updates from the AMA
MSS GRAF were forwarded to interested students. In addition to political advocacy, our chapter also
held events to support social issues. In March, our Coffeehouse for Kids helped raise money and
awareness for a Houston-based non-profit organization, Child Advocates, which helps shepherd
children through the adoption process after being taken from abusive households. Our chapter is
working with the Harris County Hospital District to fulfill the AMA’s mission of Covering the Uninsured
via expanding education of the county’s low-income insurance program. Students help educate
residents about the card and health issues at the Chinese community center and Mexican consulate.

Active Membership
UT-Houston has the most students on AMA national Standing committees (9) and the most
representation on Texas Medical Association boards, councils and committees (20) when compared
to any other school nationally or statewide, respectively. UT-Houston also has three students on the
TMA MSS executive council. On the AMA level, we have students on the following committees:
Medical Education committee, Minority Issues Committee, Community Service Committee,
International Health and policy committee, Communications Task Force, membership recruitment and
retention and the committee on scientific issues. At the A-07 conference, we had 3 students serve on
convention committees while attending the conference. TMA boards, councils and committees have
representation on the following committees, councils and boards: council on practice management,
committee on educational scholarship and loan, committee on rural health, council on health service
organizations, patient-physician advocacy committee, committee on EMS and trauma, council on
Constitution and bylaws, committee on physician distribution and healthcare access, committee on
cancer, council on health promotion, committee on continuing education, TEXPAC board of directors,
Council on Medical education, committee on infectious diseases, and the committee on maternal and
perinatal health. There are also 3 students who serve on the TMA MSS Executive council for 2008-
2009. Lastly, we have six students on Harris county Medical Society Committees as well. These
committees include the following: Medicaid and managed care advisory committee, committee on
socioeconomics and HCMS board of medical legislation. Aside from the councils, boards, executive
councils and committees that our students reside upon, our chapter officers have gone to leadership
training and orientation at both the 2007 and 2008 TMA winter conferences held in Austin, Texas.

Our chapter consolidated solicited suggestions of new programming into The Business of Medicine
Blue Book series. Students overwhelmingly wanted a general course in business so they could
understand the pros and cons to each practice model. Working in conjunction with Amegy Bank and
the Harris County Medical Society (HCMS), our chapter created a lunchtime lecture series that
addressed general topics such as access to loans and capital, staffing an office, and insurance and
debt management. It was capped by a panel of physicians representing all major practice models –
where each physician described the pros or cons he/she saw in her practice, and students could
query panelists. Student feedback was overwhelmingly positive. Geared mostly towards MS1 and
MS2 students, numerous MS3 and MS4 students attended when rotating nearby. 88 students
attended five of six lectures and completed surveys to receive elective credit from the school.
Attendance averaged over 125 students per speaker. The event was so successful, that our chapter
and the HCMS are currently working with the director for MS4 curriculum in constructing a small
module for incoming residents.

One of the first events our chapter did was in association with our school chapters of SNMA and
APAMSA. Donation day was put together to offer options and education about donation of bone
marrow, tissue, blood and organs. SNMA sponsored bone marrow donation applications and paid for
all applications that were submitted that day. There was a huge turn out with about 70 applications
submitted, the most in the area. The school had their annual blood drive the same day. APAMSA also
sponsored the donation day with publicity and promotion while our AMA chapter sponsored a lunch
given by a local organization, Life-gift. The talk given informed students, staff and faculty about the
importance of tissue and organ donation. The Harris County medical society worked in collaboration
with our chapter to sponsor a welcoming dinner to the entire first year class. This was sponsored by
the county financially while the student chapter helped with publicity and recruitment to the event. Our
chapter also collaborated with a new school organization, Medkids, to donate bike helmets to local
elementary school children through the Texas Medical Association program, Hard Hats for Little
Heads. This is discussed in more detail in the Community service portion of the application.

Our chapter is the definition of growth. Compared with the accomplishments of our chapter the year
before, UT-Houston held almost 10 more events. We had students attend every state and national
meeting. Our events were more varied in scope – leaving the political umbrella and embracing a
Business seminar series, organ donation awareness, bicycle safety, and covering the uninsured. Our
presence on the Texas Medical Association’s (TMA) MSS executive committee grew from one to
three students, and our students serving on TMA boards/councils/committees grew from eight to 20 of
59 positions. On the national level our members were appointed to nine committees. Locally, our
relationship with our county medical society has led to new avenues of service and education as well.
We have held physician-student mixers with local practicing and retired physicians that have helped
students meet physicians in fields of interest in a relaxing environment and facilitate student
shadowing opportunities. Our chapter is known in the community. We now have great working
relationships with local elementary schools because of our efforts with Nutrition Mission and bicycle
safety events.

UT-Houston AMA/TMA Chapter
Events this year: March 2007 to April 2008
   1. First Tuesday at the Texas State Capitol
          a. Three students attended. Talked to numerous congressmen and senators.
   2. AMPAC Regional Campaign workshop, March 2007
          a. Had one student attend the workshop in Austin, TX
   3. AMA Coffeehouse for Kids
          a. Chapter Involvement Grant – organized a lunchtime coffeehouse at school where
              students could get lunch and coffee and study or listen to fellow students perform
          b. Raised money for Child Advocates, a Houston-based non-profit organization that
              shepherds children through the turbulent CPS & adoption process.
          c. Over 80 students attended and 10 participated
   4. Student Loan Consolidation Seminar and 20/220 Advocacy Education
          a. Invited Dr. Joseph Cox from US Education Finance Group to talk about methods for
              consolidating loans. Couched this around a lesson on 20/220 and the advocacy AMA
              was doing in Washington D.C. as well as update students via email about headway
              made after the meeting.
   5. Orientation
          a. Signed up many new students for the AMA & TMA at school orientation before the
              school year started.
          b. Organized students into committees at the opening meeting in order to foster MS1
              involvement and ideas for new events.
          c. Held a fajita and drinks mixer with the help of the Harris County Medical Society and
              Baylor chapter. Signed up more people for AMA/TMA, including upperclassmen.
                   i. Dr. Garcia, President of HCMS spoke.
   6. Organ Donation Seminar and Bone Marrow Drive (September 2007)
          a. In conjunction with the SNMA and APAMSA chapters, organized a lunchtime education
              seminar on the myths and realities of organ donation.
          b. In addition to the seminar, held an all day blood drive and bone marrow registry drive.
              This event had more people (70 students) join the Bone Marrow registry than any
              single event in our region has ever done.
          c. SNMA paid for the applications, APAMSA did publicity, UT-Houston did the blood
              drive, AMA gave the organ donation talk
   7. Physician-Student Mixers (2007-2008)
          a. We worked with local physicians and retired physicians to organize a mixer night where
              20-25 students could eat wine & cheese and spend the evening talking to physicians in
              various specialties about the specifics of their fields.
   8. Business of Medicine Blue Book Series (January to March 2008)
          a. Created a lunchtime elective series that taught students about the basics of business
              and its application to medicine.
          b. Speakers from Amegy Bank, HCMS, TMAIT, etc. talked about everything from loans
              and capital, to etc…
       c. 88 students received elective credit (attending 5 of 6 talks and filling out surveys), and
            each talk averaged 125-150 attendees.
9. Residency Fair (March 25, 2008)
       a. Our chapter worked with AMSA to host a residency fair after Match Day. Over 15
            residencies attended and numerous students filled the hall for many hours. A private
            luncheon for residencies was given, and all MS3s were given a 30 minute slot before
            MS1/MS2s so they could have more pointed conversations with residency
10. Hard Hats for Little heads (April 2008)
       a. Assisted MedKids student organization in putting on a bicycle safety event at 2 schools
            and 1 hospital. Free bicycle helmets were given out to about 230 children. 25
            students helped. Melon demonstration.
11. Cultural Humility & Ethics in medicine Blue Book Series (2007-2008)
       a. Continuing on a AMA grant, we hosted two lunchtime lecture series. The Fall
            Semester taught students about respecting cultures and dealing with situations or
            problems that might be precipitated by cultural barriers. The Winter Semester allowed
            students to learn about different ethical dilemmas in medicine and how to face them.
       b. Lectures had over 250 students on average, and this has been so successful, that the
            school has started awarding extra credit from MS1 Intro to Clinical Medicine and MS2
            Physical Diagnoses classes to those who attend a requisite amount.
12. Nutrition Mission (August to December 2007)
       a. Using a grant from the AMA, students set up a program visiting a local elementary
            (MacGregor) school and teaching students about nutrition. The school was visited
            many times (weekly for 8 weeks) over the school year so that children who were
            attending could have their fitness levels tracked. The program was highly successful –
            attending students raved about it and it may expand to more schools next year.
13. Gold Card
       a. Started organizing project with HCHD, health card access program, two sites –
            education of public on how to use and receive gold card, along with free health
            education. Chinese community center and Mexican consulate. Harris County.
14. Breakfast for Dr. Ron Davis, AMA President
       a. Dr Davis spoke to MS and faculty about preventative medicine, his goals as AMA
            president, and the AMA’s covering the Uninsured mission.

Meetings Attended:

1. TEXMED 2007 and 2008
      a. Had students attend the large annual conference for TMA both years, and serve in the
2. TMA Fall Conference 2007 and Winter Conference 2008
      a. Brought over 10 students to the TMA interim meetings.
3. AMA A-07
      a. Five students attended A-07
      b. Two students attended the service project, three served on a convention committee
4. AMA I-07
      a. Three students attend MSS
           b. Doctors back to school – MIC – went to school and talked about medicine field and
              Mililani middle school. Mililani HI.
           c. Justin Booth – scientific affairs committee

   Students on Committees:

   1 student on the Executive Council (2007) and 3 on EC in 2008
   8 students on BCC (2007) and 20 in 2008 (of 59)

   9 students on BCC

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2007 School of the Year
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences College of Medicine

Community service
In April 2006, Shelley Baird and Kerry Wilkins successfully organized the “Get Fit” Health Fair at two
local elementary schools to demonstrate healthy choices for a healthy lifestyle in an engaging and
educational manner. The health fair focused on three main topics – mental, physical, and dietary
health. This was presented to 5th grade students at each elementary school and included activities
about topics such as emotional problem solving, positive self-image, anger/stress management,
proper stretching technique, relay races, hula-hoop, Simon Says (following directions), over-under
game (teamwork), healthy eating trivia game, and how to design a healthy meal.

In April 2007, Daine Bennett and Kendall Wagner expanded on the previous health fair and hosted
the second annual “Get Fit” Health Fair at two local Elementary Schools. The 2007 fair included a skit
featuring “S-CHIP Man” about the importance of covering the uninsured, as well as an informational
folder for the elementary students to take home to their parents. The general themes of mental,
physical, and dietary health were followed. However, new activities were created, including a station
that taught students the importance of exercise and another station that taught them how to take their
pulse before and after exercise. The new mental health station stressed the importance of not
bullying, and the new dietary health station was a bean-bag toss into a food pyramid, where unhealthy
food products were at the top of the pyramid, and healthy foods were at the bottom of the pyramid.
Students were given prizes for healthy choices. The fair also included anti-smoking and anti-
drugs/drinking stations where the children could see what smokers’ lungs look like, learn about the
carcinogens in cigarette smoke, and also listen to what smokers’ lungs sound like versus normal
On five occasions throughout the past school year, many of our members participated in the Student
Sight Saver Program with Keep Arkansas Seeing. These students traveled across the state to do
ophthalmic screenings. In addition, they spent many hours at the River City Free Eye Clinic, which
serves our local population.

Since 2005, and most recently in January of 2007, our chapter has organized three bone marrow
donation drives, registering more than 200 donors so far, and securing donations from local
businesses and individuals for the $65 per person cost to join the national registry. Because of the
fund-raising success, no one registering through our drives has had to pay.
In March 2006, many students participated in their first legislative advocacy effort after Dr. Gary
Wheeler, past Chair of the Coalition for Tobacco Free Arkansas, discussed the Arkansas Clean
Indoor Air Act with an auditorium full of medical students. The AMS student executive team worked
with Dr. Wheeler and the Medical Society to organize hundreds of phone, e-mail and person-to-
person correspondences between medical students and state legislators. With the encouragement of
many students, who also rallied in front of the Arkansas State Capitol, legislators passed the act
making it illegal to smoke in the state of Arkansas inside most public places.

In addition, in February of 2007, many students made phone calls and sent e-mails to their respective
area legislators in support of the Arkansas Trauma Bill. Arkansas is the only state in the nation that
does not have a Level 1 trauma unit. Unfortunately, the senate rejected the bill, but the medical
students plan to rally again for this cause in future legislative sessions.

Also in February of 2007, three students from our chapter traveled to Washington, D.C., to participate
in the Student/Resident Lobby Day. Christian Hester, Shelley Baird, and Shelby Bennett spoke with
Senator Blanche Lincoln and Congressman Mike Ross, and with the staff members of Senator Mark
Pryor and Congressman Vic Snyder. The three primary issues addressed were covering the un-
insured and continuation of the S-CHIP program, the Medicare physician payment gap, and medical
student debt relief.

Active membership
Our past AMA-MSS Chair was Christian Hester. Over the past year, he was named to the Arkansas
Medical Society Board of Trustees as the medical student representative. He also received the 2006
AMA Foundation Leadership Award. Most recently, he was elected as the Vice-President of the
Young Democrats of Arkansas. Our AMA-MSS Chair is Leigh Shirey. She also is president of the
Arkansas Medical Society – Student Section. Shelley Baird is our local chapter Vice-Chair. She was
chosen to serve on the National Community Service Standing Committee for the 2006-2007 school
year, and at the Interim meeting, she was appointed to serve as the Community Service Liaison for
Region 3, a position the region plans to add to its governing council at the annual meeting in 2007.
Shelley also serves on the Constitution and Bylaws Committee of the Arkansas Medical Society as its
medical student member. Ross Blagg, our Alternate Delegate, was named to the National Ethics
Standing Committee for the 2006-2007 school year. Misty Williams, our Delegate, serves on the
Professional Awards Committee of the Arkansas Medical Society as its medical student member.
Travis Bowen, a student member, serves on the Annual Session Committee of the Arkansas Medical
Society as its medical student member.

Our chapter had five members attend the Annual meeting in June 2006, three members attended the
Interim meeting in November 2006, and three members attended the Student/Resident Lobby Day in
Washington, D.C., in February 2007. Six medical students plan to attend the Annual meeting in June

Every semester, our chapter has three lunch meetings with guest speakers. On average, we have
between 150-200 student members at each event.

The Pulaski County Medical Society recently donated $500 for our recent service project that
addressed the AMA-MSS National Service Project, “Covering the Uninsured and Protecting Access to
Care.” The project involved more than 75 medical student volunteers and it reached over 100 local
fifth grade students.

In order to educate children and parents about the uninsured, medical students wrote a skit featuring
“S-CHIP Man,” the health insurance equivalent of Superman for the uninsured. Before the skit,
children were given a numbered folder. The folder contained handouts regarding the S-CHIP program
for the parents, but was also used as a tool in the skit. We asked the children to pretend that they had
fallen and scraped their knees. Then we asked those who had a “2” on their folder to stand. These
students represented the fraction of Arkansas children who have adequate health insurance, and they
were given band-aids. The remaining children were then told that they wouldn’t be getting band-aids
because they represented the percentage of children in Arkansas who don’t have access to care
because of a lack of insurance. In the end, a medical student dressed as “S-CHIP Man” ran in with a
handful of band-aids for the rest of the fifth graders, and he described the S-CHIP program and told
the children that more information about the program was provided in the folders for their parents.

In March of 2006, thirty of our medical student members partnered with the Y.E.S. Team (youth anti-
tobacco activists from Arkansas) and the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Arkansas to lobby at our State
Capitol for the passage of the Arkansas Clean Indoor Air Act, which legislators later passed.

In January of 2007, Najiyah Kazi and Jennifer Pharr, community service co-representatives, held our
3rd Annual Bone Marrow Donor Drive. This drive was co-sponsored by the UAMS chapter of SNMA
(Student National Marrow Association). Together, the two organizations recruited a well-known
hematology-oncology professor to speak to students and faculty about the importance of not only
being bone marrow donors, but also to educate our patients about being registered on the national
bone marrow registry. After the presentation, many students drew blood, took cheek swabs, and
helped people register to become potential bone marrow donors. With the help of the National
Marrow Donor Program (NMDP), we have successfully registered over 200 people over the past two

In March of 2007, our chapter co-sponsored an event with Physicians for Human Rights. Medical
students were invited to a panel discussion of AIDS patients who spoke about various aspects of their

Chapter Vice-President and recruiter, Shelley Baird, recruited 87% of the freshman class to join the
AMA-MSS, and about thirty students to join AMPAC. Attendance at chapter meetings has been
steady, with about 150-200 students at each. Attendance at our state medical society meetings has
increased dramatically. In May 2006, fifteen medical students attended the annual meeting, and in
January 2007, forty medical students attended the interim meeting. Only two medical students had
attended the previous interim meeting. Our chapter also sent seven female medical students to the
Women Physician’s Retreat of the Arkansas Medical Society in October of 2006. No medical students
attended the Retreat in 2005. Our presence at the AMA-MSS annual meetings has remained steady,
but we have increased our attendance at the interim meetings, going from no representation in 2005
to having three members present in Las Vegas in 2006. We also increased our presence at the
Student/Resident Lobby Day, having no members attending in 2005, two in 2006, and three in 2007.
Member participation in our community service activities has also increased, with over 50% of our
freshmen participating in this year’s “Get Fit” Health Fair.

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2006 School of the Year
Mayo Clinic College of Medicine

Every year, the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine has had a 100% membership rate for all incoming
students (MD and MD/PhD) and retains this membership throughout their medical school tenure. This
is due to our strong effort to recruit the incoming class via a combination of conducting a booth at the
school’s activity fair for incoming students, contacting all students via school-wide e-mails, and
personally contacting the remaining individuals in order to let them know about the AMA and how
valuable their membership in the organization is. Our recruitment efforts are assisted by the fact that
our public service activities are the most recognized and widely-participated in on campus and we
have a strong commitment to finding leadership roles for all interested students, whether it be at the
local, state, or national level.

Community service
Last year we conducted 5 community service projects, three of which received AMA-PPGs for 2005 or
2006 and were designated national service project of the week in the AMA eVoice. The public service
repertoire is designed to address all aspects of our community including combating hunger, covering
the uninsured, providing basic necessities (clothing, furniture, etc), promoting academics & closing the
technology gap, and prevention of childhood obesity:

      Harvest Classic 5K Race (PPG06, eVoice: 12/1/2005): 18th Annual charity race and raffle to
       benefit the Channel One Food Bank and Food Shelf ( More than 150 people
       and 32 local sponsors participated, making it the largest Harvest Classic to date, doubling last
       year’s donation and raising over $4,900 for Channel One, which will purchase 24,500 meals
       for low-income families. The 2006 Harvest Classic received a national award from Alpha
       Omega Alpha and will be a USA Track and Field Certified 10K race, drawing serious runners
       from multiple states to increase donations by several thousand dollars.

      Calling For Coverage (PPG05, eVoice: 12/15/2005): An association with Covering Kids and
       Families (funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation) to prevent local families-in-need
       from losing their state health care coverage. Students call families who are about to be
       dropped from their health insurance and fill out the renewal paperwork over the phone. Two
       calling sessions in November and February showed up to 15% reduction in the rates of

      Holiday Helping Hands (PPG05, eVoice: 12/22/12005): Holiday project providing furniture,
       winter clothes, holiday toys, and other items to needy families. The project has grown in size
       every year and has assisted a Sudanese refugee, a family of 5 with their father serving in Iraq,
       and a pediatric cancer patient, among others.

      Computers for the Community: Designed to accept donated non-working computers and
       printers, refurbish them, and redistribute them to local schoolchildren whose families are
       financially unable to provide them. Seven desktop and two laptop computers with CD
       encyclopedias and learning software have been distributed, eliminating the technology divide
       for twenty children ranging from preschool to high school.

      Spring Wellness: Members created large displays, to be posted in high school cafeterias,
       containing pictures of healthy, active youths and adults as well as information about caloric
       intake and the benefits of sports and weight training. Prizes such as athletic equipment and
       gym time were donated by area businesses and given away to encourage active lifestyles.

Our Calling for Coverage program included an educational component (attended by about 20% of our
membership) where students were given a 3-hour training session, run by a state social worker,
explaining the complexity and obstacles inherent in the Medicaid and MNCare insurance programs as
well as how to complete the paperwork necessary to renew coverage. These students then called
individuals receiving state health care, completing the forms with them, hearing their stories, and
coming to a greater understanding of the reasons why so many remain uninsured. In the next several
months, the project will be transitioned into an advocacy campaign reaching out to ESL members of
the community.

In association with the Minnesota Medical Association MSS we have centralized news, information,
and links to all state and national information and advocacy issues through a Web-log where students
can connect to Grassroots advocacy, AMA-MSS national meeting info, and sign up directly for
listservs (and the vast majority of postings have come from our chapter).

In April, our chapter meeting will be a Resolution Reading and Writing Workshop (modeled after a
Region II workshop organized by one of our members two years ago) designed to educate members
on creating, researching, submitting, and debating resolutions to the AMA-MSS and Minnesota
Medical Association. It highlights the aspects of good and bad policy, how to add meaningful policy to
the AMA-MSS agenda, and generate sincere involvement in the political process.

Beginning last August, members of our chapter, including one student serving on COLA, conducted a
grassroots lobby campaign for reauthorization of the Higher Education Act. Students fought for
extend deferment of student loan repayment and for modifications to existing policy that will make it
financially more feasible for students to work in underserved areas after their clinical training.
Students gained experience contacting federal legislators, including two senators and one
representative, and conducted an informational campaign asking their colleagues to individually
contact their federal legislators.

Currently, our county medical society has requested that the student section compile a series of
articles for publication in the local newspaper on topics ranging from childhood obesity to anti-smoking
efforts. The articles will be conceived and written by students and focus on issues that they feel are
important, which will increase the visibility of our chapter and develop lines of communication between
our MSS and the community.

Chapter Meeting Attendance: We regularly have attendance of 60+ people at AMA-MSS chapter
meetings, representing 30+% of the entire student body and have held meetings on a monthly to bi-
monthly basis. Additionally, we have seen a significant increase in the number of women and
underrepresented minorities taking leadership roles at all levels in the organization.

      Students Serving on National Committees:
       Joy Hardison-Grimes, Chair and founder: Committee on Public Health (ad-hoc committee)
       Danielle Armas, Vice-Chair: Committee on Minority Issues Amy Fothergill, Member:
       Committee on Public Health, and House Coordinating Committee (Interim 05) Andrew
       Landstrom, Member: Committee on Legislation and Advocacy Priyanka Gupta, Member:
       Credentialing Committee (Interim 05)

      Minnesota Student Delegate to AMA: Andrew ElBardissi

      Submitted Resolutions to the AMA-MSS:
       Amy Fothergill: Resolution calling for greater education about methamphetamine abuse;
       Adopted at Interim 05 Andrew Landstrom, Amy Fothergill, and Colin Segovis: Resolution
       regarding referrals in cases of conscientious objections; Adopted Interim 05 Joy Hardison-
       Grimes: Resolution placing AMA support behind the dissemination of government sponsored
       healthcare forms in multiple languages (Interim 05) Joy Hardison-Grimes: Resolution calling
       for the establishment of a government Office of Men’s Health to fight causes of preventable
       diseases; Adopted Annual 05
      Zumbro Valley Medical Society (ZVMS – local medical society) Executive Committee
       Members: Joy Hardison, Nicholas Zane, Matthew Carter, Wayne Nelson

      ZVMS Annual Meeting:
       Each year, approximately 20 students are in attendance at the annual meeting as student
       members; two students received awards from the medical society in 2005: Colin Segovis –
       Special Recognition Award Mathew So – Outstanding Young Leadership Award

      Minnesota Medical Association (MMA)-MSS Officers:
       Andrew Landstrom, Chair
       Nicholas Zane, Secretary
       Colin Segovis, Chair 2004-05 and MMA-MSS Governing Council 05-06
       Brian Wilhelmi, MMA Board of Trustees Member (05)

      MMA-MSS Delegates:
       Britt Erickson, David Barbara, Aaron Small, Amy Dearking, Peter Conrad, Priyanka Gupta,
       Aaron Shinkle, Matthew Lohse (Alternate)

      Delegates to the MMA Annual Meeting 2005 (Representing the ZVMS):
       Andrew Landstrom, Steven Hamilton, Matthew Carter, Joy Hardison, Nicholas Zane, Colin
       Segovis, Summer Sawyer, Kurtis Reed, Amy Fothergill

      Serving on MMA Annual Meeting Reference Committee (2005): Nicholas Zane

      MMA State Committee Representatives:
       Legislation: Jennifer Kruse (Alt Rep)
       Minority and Cross-Cultural Affairs: Rayna M. Dyck
       Public Health and Preventive Medicine: Matthew Lohse (Alt Rep)
       Ethics and Medical/Legal Affairs: John Bois & Peter B. Conrad (Alt Reps)
       Medical Practice and Planning: Tushar S. Dabade
       MEDPAC Board: Priyanka Gupta
       Minnesota Medicine Magazine: Jamie Hess

Our chapter generated two new service projects in the past 1.5 years:

      “Calling for Coverage” – responding to the high rates of uninsured among the poor and ESL
       individuals & promoting the AMA’s focus on covering the uninsured “Computers for the
       Community” – students throw away many computers and buy new ones when they arrive at
       med school or leave for residency; we collect & refurbish these to give underprivileged children
       an opportunity to have technology in their homes

      For First-Time State/National Meeting Attendees:
       Stipulated that they must present testimony on behalf of the chapter in REFCOMS
       Experienced members wrote commentary on resolutions for Interim 05, highlighting their
       positive & negative characteristics and discussing how the amendment & voting process

      Residency Dinner:
       For the past three years, we have held a unique event: an annual dinner bringing together
       residency directors and students, providing an informal setting where students can learn about
       and discuss residency options directly with their program’s director. It is very highly attended
       and has gained praise and support from the administration of the medical school. This year,
       we expanded the number of program directors to 25 and some students set up shadowing and
       research experiences with the directors.

    Covering Kids and Families of Olmsted County (Calling for Coverage): sponsored by the
      Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a collaboration with the county Department of Financial
      Services. The training and calling sessions were all conducted from their offices in City Hall.

      Channel One Food Shelf and 30+ businesses (Harvest Classic): raised thousands of dollars
       for the food shelf via monetary and prize donations and business advertising

      Hawthorne School (Holiday Helping Hands & Computers for the Community): Hawthorne
       teaches ESL classes to over 2000 immigrants annually; the school identifies its
       students/families with personal and financial needs, which we assess and provide food,
       clothing, furniture, and technology to fulfill.

      Rochester MN High Schools (Spring Wellness) – Members coordinated the project with high
       schools principals in order to put displays in cafeterias

      AMSA (Calling for Coverage) – the AMA-MSS and AMSA chapters held the first ever joint
       meeting of the two organizations in order to establish and raise awareness of the project and
       draw a larger group of volunteers

      Mayo Graduate School (all projects) – All students included in mailings, advertising, and
       service events, drawing upon a larger student base to conduct better projects and promote
       unity between the schools

Since we achieve 100% school membership in the organization every year, we have focused our
efforts upon generating active, intensely involved membership, and have achieved it in a variety of
ways while improving the efficiency of our activities.

      Service Projects – Last year every chapter service project witnessed a tremendous increase in
       participation and results. The Harvest Classic doubled its donation to the Channel One Food
       Bank and Food Shelf and seeks to raise $10,000 annually by 2009. Holiday Helping Hands
       assisted larger families with greater need, bringing in about 33% more physical donations
       while concurrently achieving the highest level of monetary donations in its 3 year history.
       Computers for the Community gave out five additional computers and Calling for Coverage
       was newly-generated this year thanks to an AMA-PPG and has met with good success signing
       up ESL families for state medical insurance.

      New Leadership – We selected many first-time leaders in the organization to chair local
       service projects and for state positions in order to promote diverse and lasting.

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2005 School of the Year
Baylor College of Medicine

What sets us apart is not only did we recruit from the entering class this year, but also from the
second and third year classes through an in-person membership drive. The second year class has
reached 98% membership in the Texas Medical Association and over 75% in the AMA. The Class of
2008 is nearing their goal to exceed the 2007 level of AMA membership and obtain 100% level of
TMA membership in their class. Dozens of third year students, deep in clinics responded to our
invitation to join the organization, showing the growth of the AMA MSS at Baylor College of Medicine.

Community service
The AMA students at Baylor College of Medicine continually participate in numerous community
service events throughout the year. Our chapter sponsored a night of documentaries as part of the
Houston AIDS Film Festival, benefiting Baylor International Pediatric AIDS Initiative. We also hosted
an AMA day at the HOMES clinic, Baylor’s homeless healthcare clinic, where AMA members provided
clinic visits on a Sunday morning. During our school's annual community service day last year, our
chapter hosted one of the off-campus service sites.

Dozens of first year students ran as the Baylor College of Medicine AMA group for the Komen
Race-for-the-Cure 5K. Throughout the year, the chapter set up booths at local health fairs to
distribute 100 bicycle helmets acquired by a grant from the Texas Medical Association Foundation
“Hats for Little Heads” Program.

Currently, we are building support for the fight against obesity. We sponsored a lunch lecture on
childhood obesity with a guest speaker from out of town, and then formed a task-force that is
implementing our plan for Baylor to take part in the National Service Project. Last month, as a part of
the initiative to fight obesity, the chapter organized a health picnic in the public park adjacent to the
Texas Medical Center, where we organized recreational sports and had healthy food options, as well
as gave away fun fitness prizes like month-long gym memberships and more.

After a surge in student involvement for the passage of Tort Reform in Texas during the Fall of 2003,
the AMA MSS chapter continued to provide students information and updates on politics and issues
important to organized medicine. In the Fall of 2004, we participated in the Region III voter
registration drive and teamed with Harris County Medical Society (HCMS) to provide hundreds of
chapter members a lunch speaker program on why medical professionals should vote. We brought in
the lobbyist from HCMS to educate students, faculty, and staff on the key healthcare issues that could
be decided in the upcoming legislature. During early voting, we organized a "White Coat Vote" at the
local polling station that received media coverage encouraging people to vote. Five active students
also attended the 2004 and 2005 AMA Lobby Days in Washington, D.C.

Perhaps the most unique advocacy activity of the year for the AMA chapter was joining forces with
Smokefree Houston to advocate for smokefree workplaces in Houston. With the help of a Policy
Promotion Grant, we started off by educating our chapter members on the health effects of passive
smoking at a Brown Bag Lunch and then went out to collect signatures in support of the smoking ban
in Houston. With help from concerned city members including medical students, the City of Houston
recently passed its first smoking ban in restaurants! One AMA student member at Baylor spoke
before Houston City Council on the issue, which was covered on the local news!

Most recently this March, students from all four class-years stopped by an AMA booth at Baylor for a
letter-writing campaign to our state senators and representatives. We gathered over 100 letters
during the hour-long event focused on the future of state funding of Graduate Medical Education
(GME) in Texas. In the coming week, Baylor AMA students will join with others in the Texas Medical
Association in Austin, Texas to continue this advocacy campaign in person by lobbying state
congressional members.

Scott Chaiet, last year’s chapter president and the TMA 2005 Student of the Year, currently serves as
the Chair-Elect of Region 3, on the AMA-MSS COLA as the Communication Subcommittee chair, and
on the Harris County Medical Society Council on Legislation. Lindsay Botsford serves as AMA
Delegate for Region 3, and on the AMA-MSS ad-hoc Committee on Medical Ethics, as the TMA-MSS
Delegate Co-Leader on the Executive Council. Jonathan Wortham is serving as the AMA Delegate
Co-leader for the TMA-MSS this year.

Our AMA/TMA chapter officer board is made up of 12 student members. We have 6 Baylor students
appointed to Boards Councils and Committees within the TMA, and another 6 students that sit on
standing committees of the Harris County Medical Society. We now have three students that sit on
the TMA-MSS EC. Although we have not yet had any of our students on AMA Councils or the
Governing Council, we hope that within the next two years we will have members serving in both of
these areas as well.

This past year, we were able to send a total of twenty students to A-04 in Chicago and I-04 in Atlanta.
We sent three students to the 2005 AMA Lobby Day. Our attendance at TMA events has been
equally improved, with between 6 and 16 members attending each TMA meeting over the past year.

One of the problems we faced at the start of the year was having students not know that our chapter
existed. Many thought that they enrolled in the national organization, but did not realize the activities
at the chapter level. To combat this misconception, we developed a double-sided newsletter that
went out biweekly to all students. We included articles on current issues, summaries of meetings, and
a calendar for upcoming events. Not only did we see a better understanding of what goes on in the
AMA, but it sparked students to join the AMA.

The perennial problem every chapter faces is funding for travel and activities, and our solution was to
perfect our residency fair. The external vice-president of our chapter was charged with convincing
residency programs from across Texas to pay to come for a one-day residency fair for students at
Baylor and surrounding medical schools. Not only did we have students from 4 local medical schools
attend, we raised over $7,000 last year. This meant that we could fully fund the travel of any student
who wanted to attend and AMA meeting, which sparked interest in students who would otherwise not
be able to attend.

What was unique about this year was our chapter’s interaction with the AMA chapter at The University
of Texas – Houston. Officers from our chapter went to UT-Houston to help train their officers as they
began to rebuild their program. At the beginning of the school year, both schools teamed up for a
Harris County Medical Society mixer and social that was a tremendous success. The neighboring
schools then co-hosted the 2004 AMA Region 3 Conference in Houston, with over 100 participants.
Organizers and committee chairs from both schools coordinated a 2-day meeting on advocacy that
exemplified the advances both our chapters had made over the previous year. Currently, our
chapter's community service chairs have been working to get students to work together on providing
health screenings at community health fairs. In the coming year, we hope to plan more social events
with members from both chapters.

Our AMA chapter has taken tremendous strides in leadership, membership, activities and quality over
the past year. Membership soared, more and different events occurred, and participation at these
events increased exponentially. We surveyed members to gauge their ideas, and it clearly increased
interest and activity. A new newsletter strengthened communication to give the campus a look at the
local/state/national scenes in organized medicine in a concise manner.

In previous years, we did not have anyone hold an office or committee membership outside our
school, and now we can boast an AMA Regional Delegate, Region 3 Chair-Elect, TMA committee
members, and AMA-MSS committee members. Our growth was recognized most recently by the
TMA, as we received the accolade of the TMA-MSS Chapter of the Year. Perhaps the most satisfying
growth over the past year is that which cannot be measured by numbers or events, but rather is the
respect that we have instilled for our organization. Whereas in previous years we were fighting to tell
members who we were, now all they want to know is what we are doing next.

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