Campus chapters of such important professional groups as Alpha Omega Alpha, American Medical Student Association, American Medical Women’s Association, American Physician Scientists Association, Physicians for a National Health Program and many others. For more information, click the club you are interested in.
AΩA's mission is to be a rising voice for professionalism, for advocating the highest ethical standards in medicine, for recognizing the importance of optimal patient care, and for emphasizing the need for continuing scholarship and academic achievements. AOA is not only a shining example of what a medical student should be but also provides students with resources and tools to achieve the lofty goals that are the pillars of this organization. View NYMC AOA chapter website.
AANS Medical Student Chapters provide early support and leadership training to medical students exploring a career in neurosurgery. The chapters provide a forum for students to organize professional, educational and research activities within their medical schools, promote mentorship and facilitate participation at a national level for the next generation of neurosurgical leaders.
AMSA is the nation's oldest and largest independent medical student association. AMSA advocates for the interest and well being of patients, medical students, and residents. AMSA's current strategic priorities are: advocating for quality, affordable healthcare for all; global health equality; enriching medicine through diversity; and professional integrity, diversity and student well being. As a member, you can get involved in many ways, both locally and nationally. At NYMC, AMSA hosts events to raise money for local charities, brings speakers to campus, and sponsors a Global Brigades service trip to Honduras each year.
AMWA is an organization which functions at the local, national, and international level to advance women in medicine and improve women's health. The AMWA chapter at NYMC is responsible for several popular events on campus that promote this mission. Families in Medicine, held in November, is a panel composed of physicians who discuss balancing the demands of a medical career with having a family. Some of our other events include the annual performance of the Vagina Monologues, all of the 1st and 2nd year used book-sales, and the Gender Equity Faculty Award. All of our proceeds are donated to a women's charity of our choice. This year, we will be looking to add two 1st-year students to our executive board to serve as 1st year representatives, and to take over for our board for the following year. In addition, this year we will also be encouraging more participation from the general club members as well in helping to run our events and coming up with fresh ideas for new ones.
The American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) is national organization dedicated to career development, networking and support of physician-scientists in training. The regional branch of APSA at New York Medical College is interested in gathering medical students who share an interest in basic, clinical or translational biomedical research. As a club, we organize events such as travel to the New York regional and Chicago national APSA forum which deliver mentoring and networking opportunities across the entire career spectrum of the physician-scientist career pathway as well as offering career development sessions and panels. Locally, we organize formal and informal talks presented by faculty speakers from NYMC actively involved in both clinical and research work as well as physician-scientists guest speakers from the area. Please join our club or mailing list in order to stay up-to-date on upcoming events.
ImproveHealthCare (IHC) is an ongoing project funded by Harvard Medical School with funding by The Commonwealth Fund. The primary goal of IHC is to motivate students and professionals to learn about quality, access and disparities in the healthcare system. The New York Medical College chapter of ImproveHealthCare is dedicated to educational discussion and debate of the issues affecting health care policy and practice. We hope our actions will encourage future medical professionals to become more aware of issues regarding healthcare and more proactive in improving healthcare systems. Our activities include monthly case discussions, the annual IHC Collaborative Conference at Harvard Medical School, and partnering with other NYMC student groups to promote events intended to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. Website, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are a group of students and healthcare providers who believe that pharmaceutical promotion should not guide clinical practice. Our mission is to encourage healthcare providers to practice medicine on the basis of scientific evidence rather than on the basis of pharmaceutical promotion. We discourage the acceptance of all gifts from industry by health care providers, trainees, and students. We believe that there is ample evidence in the literature (contrary to the beliefs of most healthcare providers) that drug companies, by means of samples, gifts, and food, exert significant influence on provider behavior. There is also ample evidence in the literature that promotional materials and presentations are often biased and non-informative. We believe that in the healthcare profession, precisely because we are professionals, we should not allow ourselves to be bought by the pharmaceutical industry. This year our goals are to: 1. raise awareness about the influence of pharmaceutical promotion on both medical education and the prescribing practices of physicians 2. run a "pledge drive" that will encourage students and physicians to become drug-company free 3. work with faculty and administrators to improve NYMC's current standing on the AMSA PharmFree Scorecard work toward incorporating discussions of pharmaceutical promotion into the medical school curriculum
The student chapter of Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) at New York Medical College will help educate students on health policy and advocate for a single-payer health care system as outlined by the Physicians' Proposal: "Access to comprehensive health care is a human right. It is the responsibility of society, through its government, to assure this right. Pursuit of corporate profit and personal fortune have no place in caregiving. They create enormous waste and too often warp clinical decision making. In a democracy, the public should set health policies and budgets. Personal medical decisions must be made by patients with their caregivers, not by corporate or government bureaucrats."
The NYMC chapter of the national Psychiatry Student Interest Group Network will keep you up to date with all psychiatry related activities, meetings, and opportunities in the New York area. We also organize speakers and movie nights on campus, and are expanding into new sorts of activities (suggestions welcome!). NYMC PsychSIGN has just been elected by all other NY schools to be the seat of the Regional Chairmanship of APA student psychiatry, so we will be organizing the NYC meeting in October, which should hopefully be able to provide PsychSIGN members with an Open Bar.
Student National Medical Association is a nationwide organization that focuses on meeting the needs and concerns of minority medical students. Throughout its 40-year history it has directly confronted culturally sensitive issues, such as healthcare education disparities, violence prevention, sexual health awareness, and drug and alcohol prevention with the goal of countering these negative forces that plague minority communities in the US. Our mission here at NYMC is to promote the awareness and understanding of healthcare disparities and employ concerned individuals, regardless of race and ethnicity, in reaching out into communities to promote good health practices. We plan to have a fun-filled year that includes activities such as visiting junior high and high school students to inspire them to consider a future in health care, social outings, our annual cultural food festival and many more events.