Monday, June 27, 2011

Annual Meeting -- Chicago

The recent MSS Annual Meeting included programming from the Committee on Global and Public Health. This event marked a new era of collaboration between MSS committees. Working together were the Committee on Global and Public Health (CGPH),  the Committee on Economics and Quality in Medicine (CEQM) and the Committee on Legislation and Advocacy (COLA).

40 to 50 students showed up to participate in a game designed to teach the importance of understanding the interests of involved stakeholders, to practice working together towards win-win solutions, and underscore the benefits of investing in sustainable programs in the short-term will yield valuable outcomes in the long-run.  Students were divided into several groups and given a set of resources with which to address a public health problem such as childhood obesity, smoking, or texting while driving.  The CEQM provided background on the cost-effectiveness of interventions.  A friendly competition developed as groups looked to see who chose the most effective interventions.

Thank you to all who were involved in planning and participating in the event!

Note that standing committee applications are currently open with an extended deadline of July 5. Check out the AMA-MSS website for details

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