Recently, I had the pleasure of joining several Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB) students for a night of Detroit Tigers baseball. This event was held jointly with the Wayne County Medical Society of Southeast Michigan and Wayne State University School of Medicine students. OCMS had nine sets of tickets in a Tigers suite that we raffled off to our medical students and young physicians. The game didn’t end well for the Tigers, but the company and conversation made the night very enjoyable for those who attended.
Today, I was given the opportunity by the AMA student representatives at OUWB to talk to a group of medical students about what OCMS does to involve the medical students in advocacy. Doctor Paul Bozyk, the AMA faculty advisor and OCMS Board member, talked to the students first about why they need to get involved in organized medicine. He explained how important the AMA was because it allows students to have a voice in what they feel is important to health care.
I wanted the students to know that we fully support them when they join the AMA, MSMS and OCMS. We offer them financial support when they attend the AMA interim or annual meetings, we offer them networking opportunities, whether social or in the way of community service. We have committees they may join such as:
- Legislative committee - where they can talk one on one with Michigan senators or representatives;
- Delegation committee - where our physicians help to form the resolutions that they will take to the MSMS House of Delegates
- Medical/Legal Committee - where they can talk with other physicians or attorneys about the latest topics affecting both professional groups.
As I was talking to two of the medical students before I left, I said to them "The future of healthcare is yours. If you don't like the way something is going, get involved now to change it." The world of health care is changing every day, it can seem scary and daunting, but I urge our medical students and young physicians to get involved now. Take the time to learn about policy and how to shape it to the health care community you want to practice in.
If you are not a member of the AMA, MSMS or OCMS, please consider joining. It is a worthwhile investment. Click here for more information.