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1 Introduction to the OSR Organization of Student Representatives

2 AAMC The Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies:  129 accredited U.S. medical schools  17 accredited Canadian medical schools  Over 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 98 affiliated health systems and 68 Veterans Affairs medical centers  94 academic and professional societies, representing 109,000 faculty members  the nation's 67,000 medical students and 104,000 residents Mission The AAMC seeks to improve the nation's health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.

3 AAMC There are five core constituent groups of the AAMC Council of Deans (COD) Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH) Council of Academic Societies (CAS) Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR) Members elected from each group comprise the Executive Council The executive council governs the AAMC The OSR has 2 of 30 votes Communication from the local to the regional to the national level is essential for the OSR to represent all 67,000 U.S. medical students in this country

4 Purpose of the OSR To provide a forum through which medical students can communicate about medical education, research, and patient care To accurately assess and represent the views and interests of all medical students to the AAMC To regularly communicate the activities and discussions within the academic medicine community to all medical students To advance the development of leadership skills among medical students

5 Mission of the OSR The OSR fulfills a unique role among medical student organizations: It provides medical students with voting representation in the AAMC – the nation’s largest association dedicated solely to the advancement of academic medicine. The OSR assures that medical students actively participate in directing their educations, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities. The OSR provides medical students with a voice in academic medicine at the national level and fosters student involvement and awareness at the local level.

6 OSR Strategic Goals To provide medical student input on issues addressed by the AAMC and state and federal governments that will impact student education, quality of life, or professional development. To facilitate communication between student bodies of different medical schools and between medical student organizations. To encourage education techniques and objectives that provide medical students with the intellectual skills, professional standards, and knowledge required to meet the needs of an evolving health care system. To assure a safe, supportive learning environment free of abuse, unreasonable health risks, bias, and inequities. To assure that all students possess equal freedom and opportunity to pursue the career directions of their choice. To advance the development of leadership skills among medical students through participation in local and national OSR positions.

7 OSR National Priorities Academic medical centers and industry conflicts of interest Input to USMLE comprehensive review GLBTI guidelines and "effective practices" Diversity recruitment efforts ACGME US residency program match data Student debt and the cost of medical education Guidelines for use of medical interpreter services Diversity of representation within the OSR National Board of Medical Examiners' issues National Resident Matching Program issues Humanism in Medicine Student health insurance coverage Physician workforce increase Strategic planning for the OSR Criminal background checks Communication with other medical student groups Assuring the continued strength of the academic environment under health care reform and managed care

8 AAMC Humanism in Medicine Award Supported by the Pfizer Medical Humanities Initiative, the AAMC annually recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students. The OSR administers the award and the recipient is announced and honored during a formal awards ceremony at the AAMC Annual Meeting each fall. For more information:

9 OSR Membership OSR Representatives are selected by their medical schools to monitor activities at their institutions, represent student opinions to the OSR Administrative Board (Ad Board), and relay national OSR and AAMC priorities to the students and staff of their institutions. OSR members include one primary and three alternate institutional representatives from each of the 129 US allopathic medical schools.

10 What is the role of an OSR Rep? Be aware of student concerns at (your school): know your constituents. Share these concerns with the OSR / OSR Ad Board Learn about the OSR/AAMC and the resources available to you and the student population Promote the initiatives of the OSR: Humanism in Medicine, diversity, Careers in Medicine, student debt, health insurance, etc. Disseminate information from the OSR to your school’s students and administration. Elect officers of the OSR who will represent all students to the AAMC.

11 OSR Meetings AAMC Annual Meeting Held annually every fall  2008 San Antonio, TX  2009 Boston, MA OSR Regional Meetings Held annually every spring Each region meets separately or jointly

12 OSR Officers National Officers Elected yearly OSR Chair (3-year position)  Chair-Elect (1 year), Chair (1 year), Past Chair (1 year) National Delegates (1-year position)  Five are elected and take office immediately oCommunications oCommunity & Diversity oLegislative oMedical Education oStudent Affairs

13 OSR Officers Regional Officers Elected at the Regional Meetings every spring Regional Chairs (1-year position) take office in the fall  One Regional Chair is elected from each region oCentral oNortheast oSouthern oWestern Regional Delegates (1-year position) take office in the spring, upon election  One is elected for each area in each region oCommunications oCommunity & Diversity oLegislative oMedical Education oStudent Affairs

14 The OSR Administrative Board “Ad Board” Central Regional Chair Northeast Regional Chair Southern Regional Chair Western Regional Chair Chair Past Chair Elected by OSR institutional reps Elected by each region Chair-Elect National Delegate

15 OSR Staff AAMC Headquarters Washington, D.C.  Ally Anderson, –Manager, Student & Community Service Programs  Denine Hales, –Senior Administrative Associate  Julie Taylor, –Administrative Assistant

16 Additional opportunities OSR Liaisons OSR Reps are selected to serve as liaisons to various committees. Examples:  ERAS  Various Groups on Student Affairs Committees  National Board of Medical Examiners  National Resident Matching Program  Women in Medicine Coordinating Committee  Careers in Medicine

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18 Welcome to the AAMC-OSR!


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