The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) assembled virtually for their annual meeting, June 4-6, 2021. Medical students across the country attended, voting on Governing Council candidates for the new term, as well as attending panel sessions on topics such as post-pandemic health care, patient discrimination and unconscious bias, LGBTQ health, and attrition of women during medical training.
Most importantly, attendees debated resolutions for passage into AMA policy authored by students at medical schools across the nation. Warren Lee, M2, represented the NEOMED delegation in parliamentary procedures during open sessions as appointed by the NEOMED AMA chapter. Resolutions authored this year by three NEOMED College of Medicine students were among those passed into internal policy:
- “Protection of Medical Students that Advocate on Social Justice,” Rommel Morales (M2)
- “Advocate for the Creation of a National All-Payer Claims Database,” Omer Ashruf (M2)
- “Taxation Amendment to Special Needs Trusts for Patients with Huntington’s Disease,” Brian Foresi (M2)
Finally, region elections were hosted for General Council and Rommel Morales was elected to represent Region 5 (MI, IN, OH, KY, WV) as Vice Chair for the 2021-2022 term. For the NEOMED AMA chapter, Omer Ashruf currently serves as Co-Vice President, Warren Lee serves as AMA delegate, and Rommel Morales as the Ohio State Medical Association delegate.
-Submitted by Rommel Morales