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Healthcare Reform, Global Health Among Topics Discussed During Advocacy Day

Hundreds of members of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) will meet with legislators today to urge the adoption of policies that benefit patients. The students will be advocating to ensure affordable healthcare for all, promote LGBT health, improve access to higher education, reduce student debt and prioritize global health issues.

“Being a physician means more than epidemiology and physical exams,” says John Brockman, AMSA national president. “Becoming a physician means advocating for your patients, not just their healthcare, but their place in society.”

“Preparing physician advocates to serve patients both inside and outside the exam room is essential to meeting our nation’s health care needs,” says Elizabeth Wiley, JD, MPH, AMSA legislative co-director.

Advocacy Day kicks off AMSA’s Annual Convention & Exposition, March 10-13, 2011 at the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, Virginia. More than 800 premedical and medical students, international medical students, residents and interns, physicians and other activists from across the country will assemble for innovative workshops and organizational policymaking relating to top health care issues. You may access the entire convention program online:

Follow #amsaconv11 on Twitter for up-to-the-minute updates and event happenings.

Media Information
Members of the media are welcome to attend any AMSA convention event. Media must check in at the AMSA registration booth for complimentary press credentials. For more information, contact Kim Cunningham, AMSA Director of Public Relations, at (781) 223-4042 or pr(at)amsa(dot)org.

About the American Medical Student Association
AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at


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