The AMA and Student Voices
25 Sep, 2011
In this episode, John Corker and Teresa Lee discuss with our guests the roles that the American Medical Association (AMA), particularly the medical student section (MSS), plays in the development
of health care policies on Capitol Hill.
Featured Guests: Dr. Peter Carmel, recently inaugurated 166th president of the American Medical Association, Chairman of the Department of Neurological
Surgery at New Jersey Medical School and Director of the Neurological Institute of New Jersey. Also: Abby Daniel, the 2011-2012 Government Relations
Advocacy Fellow for the AMA, and T.R. Eckler, Chief of the AMA Medical Student Section Governing Council.
Dr. Carmel gives us insight into the role that medical students play in the AMA and the influence that they have in the direction of proposals on Capitol Hill. He also mentions the proposed budget cuts to Medicare and the effect that those cuts would have on the medical community, particularly for physicians in residencies funded by Medicare.
Abby Daniel and T.R. Eckler share with us how they became involved in the AMA MSS and also ways that other medical students can get involved. Medical students play an important role in the AMA and their presence is needed. According to Dr. Carmel, the medical student section of the AMA is one of the most influential because the students are the “most altruistic and the most selfless” part of the medical profession so “when they talk, people listen.” Dr. Carmel also shares his opinions on how to combat the empathy burnout in medicine.