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Cuong Pham [log in to unmask]
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Tue, 6 Jan 2004 20:31:13 -0600
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Below is info about the upcoming national AMSA convention.  There are many
opportunities for our chapter to participate nationally and I encourage
everyone to look into working in the convention committees, running for a
regional/national office, or writing a resolution for national AMSA.  Last
year our AMSA chaper made a splash at the National level and I would like to
keep the tradition going.  The deadline for most of these opportunities
are --due JAN 17th--, so plan ahead.

We'll talk about all this info during our upcoming meeting on Friday during
lunch time, room tba.


Dear AMSA friends,

It's a new year, you're back to school, and guess what? It's only 2 weeks
before the deadline (Jan 17th) to create a CHANGE in AMSA, to RUN for
national office, and to GET $$$$ for the convention!! If you are interested,
please read on:

1. Introduction to Committees at Convention, or How to Get $115 in
Registration Fees Waived
2. How to Write Resolutions and Choose Delegates
3. How to Run for a Regional or National Office
4. Where to Find More Information

The House of Delegates (HOD) is where the local chapters of AMSA convene
each year as an official, policy-making body. We'll debate health care
issues important to medical students and vote on the resolutions that will
become new AMSA policy, relating to areas such as advocacy, community
health, health policy, humanistic medicine, medical education, global
health, or any other area that is important to AMSA members.

As your Trustees-at-Large, we (Michael Tomblyn & Leana Wen) are responsible
for helping you by making the HOD run smoothly as we create AMSA policy for
the new year.

Things that you should think about:
[ ] Going to Convention (more general convention info at
(including volunteering for committees and getting registration fee waived)
[ ] Writing Resolutions
[ ] Becoming (one of) Your Chapter's Delegate(s) to the HOD
[ ] Running for Regional, National, Action Committee, or Interest Group

Resolutions and Committee Applications have to be submitted by January 17th!


At the national convention, the Trustees-at-Large coordinate 3 committees of
AMSA members. Any AMSA member may apply for these positions, and if you are
selected to be a committee member your registration fee is waived. That's
$115 !!!!

The REFERENCE COMMITTEES have a crucial role -- reading the resolutions,
synthesizing the opinions of the membership, and representing those
resolutions to the House of Delegates. There will be about THIRTY people
chosen, so there's lots of free money here. Apply online by Jan 17th at .

The NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE oversees the election of AMSA's national officers.
You'll get to meet the new national officers and hang out with them like the
secret service. It's a lot of fun and a bit less work than the reference
committees. Apply online by Jan 17 th at

The CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE serves as a "guard" to the HOD floor and makes
sure that delegates register when they enter and leave the floor. Ask your
chapter president for the form (in the Official Call) to apply for any of
these committees. Apply online by Jan 17th at .

(deadline Feb 27 )

First things first. If you have ideas for resolutions (new policies or
changes in existing AMSA policies), you can start working now on writing up
your ideas and submitting them. Consult the OFFICIAL CALL (that cute blue
booklet that has all the info on convention) for information on how to write
your ideas and details on submission (chapter presidents should have
received this in the mail). Not sure what AMSA policy currently says? Check
AMSA's Constitution & Bylaws, etc. at h ttp://
/contents.html (chapter presidents received a hard copy with the Official
Call) or call or email Michael or Leana (contact info below). Not sure how
to write a resolution about an idea you have? Please contact us! We love to
help you with AMSA policy!!! The deadline is JANUARY 17TH!!!

Second things second. Every chapter is allowed one delegate for the first
200 AMSA members it has, and another delegate for every portion of 200
students beyond that. Your chapter officer must submit the names of official
delegates to the national office by FEBRUARY 27th !!! If you are interested
in serving as a delegate, contact your chapter president, who can find the
form in the OFFICIAL CALL. Serving as a delegate is fun and informative.


To run for national office (President, Vice President, Junior
Trustee-at-Large, Treasurer, Action Committee Trustee), Regional Trustee or
Associate Trustee you should try to submit a letter of interest and a CV to
the AMSA National Office by Jan. 17th, 2004 . You can still run if you don't
get your letter and CV in on time, but your materials won't be included in
the packet sent out to all of the Chapter Officers in February. You can
decide to run at any point until Friday of the National Convention. Contact
the current officers with specific questions about positions.

To run for a position on an Action Committee (Health Policy, Global Health,
Advocacy, Medical Education, Community and Public Health, or Humanistic
Medicine) or Interest Group (Bioethics, Child & Adolescent Health, Death &
Dying, Direct Action, Geriatrics, Primary Care, Psychiatry, Surgery, or
Osteopathic IG), it is not necessary to send in a CV beforehand. Each of
these groups has elections during convention. However, check their
individual websites or contact their leaders before convention for forms
that need to be filled out.

1. The Official Call - a blue booklet sent to each chapter president with
detailed information about the national convention, your responsibilities,
and the HOD.

2. The AMSA Website - - convention information up now!

3. Your Trustees-at-Large: michael tomblyn ([log in to unmask]) and leana wen
([log in to unmask])

4. Your Regional Trustees and Associate Trustees

We look forward to meeting each and every one of you! Please contact us if
you have any questions at all!

Michael Tomblyn and Leana Wen, HOD chairs

Leana S. Wen
National Junior Trustee-at-Large (jtal@
American Medical Student Association

Forging A Future of Health Equality
AMSA's 54th Annual Convention
March 17-21, 2004

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