Policy and Advocacy Groups

American Medical Association (AMA)

The American Medical Association’s mission is to promote thriving physician practices, improve medical education, and improve health outcomes through multiple mechanisms, including advocacy, research, technology development, and administration. As a chapter of the AMA Medical Student Section, we promote its goals through service, advocacy, and educational seminars. In addition, we play an integral role in guiding the direction of the AMA by proposing new policies that are debated at the biannual AMA House of Delegates. Our members could also represent medical students through various leadership positions in the AMA. 

APSA: American Physician Scientists' Association - Tri-Institute Chapter

APSA strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational medicine. It focuses on advancing opportunities for mentorship, community building, and mutual support of physician-scientists, obtaining and disseminating career development information for student physician-scientists regarding education, residency training, and beyond, and advocate policymakers and the American people regarding the need for supporting physician-scientist training. 

Community Perspectives in Medicine (CPIM)

Community Perspectives in Medicine (CPIM) is an elective course for first-year medical students that focuses on learning about health disparities while building partnerships with local community-based organizations. CPIM consists of a series of two-hour sessions; the first hour is a conversation with a local organization on challenges their community faces in healthcare settings, and the second hour is a student-only debrief discussion over dinner. This year, CPIM will engage a wide variety of speakers focusing on the following topics: chronic illness, LGBTQ patients, physical disability, immigrants, religious patients, racial/ethnic health disparities, and incarcerated patients. 

Conversations in Medical Ethics

A forum for students to discuss medical ethics literature and review clinical case studies, with case presentations & ethics simulations led by WCM/NYP ethics faculty. Beyond this, relevant societal & ethical issues that relate to the practice of medicine will be discussed informally. 

Global Health Collective

The Global Health Collective gathers students together to discuss current global health events, participate in journal clubs, and organize citywide conferences and serves to support the Global Health Curriculum with the engagement of faculty, staff, and students, the curriculum is now an official Area of Concentration and certificate granting program. The Global Health Curriculum provides opportunities for students to engage with resource-poor communities, internationally and domestically, as well as opportunities for students to discuss current topics in global health with leaders from many disciplines.

More information on the curriculum can be found at http://weill.cornell.edu/globalhealth/education/gh-curriculum/.

Health Beyond Borders

Health Beyond Borders aims to educate the WCM community about the ongoing refugee crisis in the world and through continued discussions give this issue a voice. This issue is now relevant more than ever due to the catastrophic Earthquake in the Middle East that left the region greatly displaced.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) - Open School

The IHI – Open School is a student-run organization, in conjunction with NYP Medicine department residents and faculty, whose primary aim is to foster enthusiasm and interest at Weill Cornell Medicine about the potential for improving healthcare quality and delivery. Learn more by coming to one of our workshop events and look out for communications regarding opportunities to get involved with work and research in healthcare quality improvement.

Medical Students for Choice (MSFC)

Medical Students for Choice is an organization that was founded to address the deficit of abortion education in medical training. MSFC organizes medical students to change institutional policies and broaden opportunities for their fellow students to receive family planning and reproductive health education. This includes hands-on training workshops, panel discussions and talks, educational videos, and remote lectures. 

Physicians For Human Rights (PHR)

Physicians for Human Rights is a national organization of physicians and health care providers that believe in the important role health workers play in ensuring the preservation of human rights around the world.  The Student Chapter was started here at Cornell in 2003, by a first-year student who decided that Cornell was ready to be involved in this important work.  The group quickly grew and this year was involved in AIDS awareness week, bringing in speakers for the Cornell community and advocating for increased human rights awareness in the curriculum. 

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP)

Students for a National Health Program (SNaHP) is the student arm of Physicians for a National Health Program, an organization advocating for a comprehensive single-payer health program in the US. We believe that a single-payer system would allow physicians and the other members of the health care professions to provide better quality care to all people, building a foundation for health justice and equity, while increasing efficiency and dramatically reducing costs. The WCM chapter of SNaHP works to educate ourselves and our peers on the current US healthcare system as well as the single-payer solution and to build support amongst our community for universal healthcare.

WCM Vote!

WCM Vote! is dedicated to expanding voter registration across WCM and our affiliate communities and supporting voter rights efforts nationwide. We are passionate about voting to empower patients, faculty, students, and staff, to engage civically as a means for advocacy, and decreasing health disparities. Not only do we want to help get our WCM colleagues registered to vote, but we also want to work to support patients and our communities through voter registration. Through wide dissemination of voter registration information, registration drives, and support of faculty-led patient registration initiatives, we hope to get all of WCM and NYP voting.  

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