I hope that everyone is finishing their current school year strong. Since we last updated all of you, the OSR Legislative Affairs team has been communicating closely with the Legislative Affairs team at the AAMC. We have set up a meeting in April with the GRR (Government Relations Representative) Steering Committee to discuss the best ways that we can provide OSRs and other medical students with the name of the GRR that represents their institution.
After reviewing feedback from students since the previous LSL, students have requested tools on how to best advocate for policies that affect medical students, residents, physicians and the patients we serve. I encourage all students to sign up for aamcaction.org using their personal emails; this is a great tool that informs students on issues the AAMC is currently advocating for and how students can become involved. Furthermore, a breakout session proposal for LSL 2020 has been submitted by the OSR Advisory Board in conjunction with the Legislative Affairs team at the AAMC that focuses on advocacy throughout the medical profession.
The OSR Legislative Affairs team is also formulating a project proposal aimed at increasing voter registration amongst medical students. We hope to utilize OSRs at each institution to engage in registering their fellow students to vote.
Finally, we know that there are a lot of questions regarding COVID-19. Please use the following link to view the AAMC Washington Highlights. This is a great summary of the bills being discussed and passed on the hill specifically aimed at addressing the current pandemic.
Please feel free to reach out to me for any questions regarding legislative affairs. If you are interested in helping out with the voter registration project, we would love to have you! Thanks for all you do in representing your fellow students and institutions.
Good luck with the remainder of the academic year!
OSR National Delegate for Legislative Affairs
University of Utah School of Medicine