Student Group Events
Integrative Medicine Interest Group
|Integrative Medicine and BUMC Yoga hosted Dr. Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, who is an Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School, Associate Neuroscientist at Brigham’s, and Director of Research at Kripalu Center for Yoga and the Kundalini Research Institute.
He gave an overview of yoga practice in popular culture, reviewed past research that elucidates yoga’s physiological and psychological effects, and gave a glimpse current research projects on yoga. He explored the idea of using yoga as a therapy for psychiatric disorders and as a preventative measure for chronic diseases mediated by lifestyle choices.
Dr. Khalsa’s personal research interests include: the psychophysiological mechanisms underlying yoga/mediation, benefits of yoga practice in public schools, and efficacy of yoga in treating various psychosocial disorders. -Calvin Fong
Clinical Neuroscience Society
|The Clinical Neuroscience Society (CNS) hosted a documentary screening of “The Crash Reel” on Wednesday, November 12, from 6-8 pm. A delicious dinner of Chipotle burritos was served.
This Emmy-winning documentary shares the story of once-professional snowboarder Kevin Pearce, his rivalry with Olympic snowboarder Shaun White, and the traumatic brain injury that ended Kevin’s snowboarding career. The documentary highlights many of the important issues surrounding extreme sports and the associated hazards of traumatic brain injury (TBI). In addition to Kevin’s story, the film intertwines several other narratives of action sports athletes suffering TBIs, including some that ultimately proved fatal. “The Crash Reel” illustrates the extreme impact a TBI can have on an athlete (both physically and psychologically), while also offering an interesting new perspective: the impact a TBI can impose on family and friends. -Liz Grasser
Global Health Equity Program
|Dr. Matt Tobey joined GHEP to discuss residency opportunities in global health. Dr. Tobey went over what kinds of programs there are in global health, how they prepare you for a global health career, how he decided to undertake his path, and what internal medicine residencies are like. It was a fun and engaging talk! -Divya Shankar|
Latino Medical Student Association
|LMSA is proud to have Elida Acuna-Martinez, from BMC’s interpreter services, come speak about the important topic of language barriers between patients and providers. They will be presenting ways to adequately use interpreter services at BMC and will address the role of interpreters in patient care and how medical students can best interact with patients/interpreters. BMC has a very large Latino patient population and these tips will be useful for your career as student and future provider. -Samih Nassif|
Global Health Equity Program
|GHEP hosted Dr. Michelle Morse, who works for Partners in Health and founded Physicians for Haiti. She discussed her career in global health and the work that she does in Haiti regarding the future of medical education there. -Divya Shankar|
Student Attendance at National Conferences
Physicians for a National Health Program
|Seven students from Boston University School of Medicine attended the Physicians for a National Health Program (PNHP) Leadership Training and Annual Meeting from Oct. 14-15 in New Orleans, LA. PNHP is a single payer health care advocacy organization made up of over 19,000 health professionals nationwide who believe that care is a human right and therefore should be provided equitably as a public service rather than bought and sold as a commodity. With over 400 medical students and physicians attending the PNHP conference, BUSM was one of the strongest represented student chapters. The BUSM students were able to attend the conference thanks to the funding of SCOMSA and the PNHP Nick Skala Student Activist fund.
The theme of the conference was “Seeking Health Equity,” with single payer health care being discussed as the ideal way to attain universal health coverage and eliminate the vast disparities in medicine that are largely based on socioeconomic status and race. Drs. David Himmelstein and Steffie Woolhandler, co-founders of PNHP, presented a grand rounds packed with data about how the Affordable Care Act is not enough to ensure universal, affordable coverage for millions of Americans, and how single payer systems in many other industrialized, capitalist democracies have already attained that goal at a cost that is about half of what the U.S. spends per capita on healthcare.
At the Leadership Training dinner, BUSM M2’s Brad Zehr and Jawad Husain spoke on a panel discussion along with their faculty mentor, Dr. Marge Cohen (Healthcare for the Homeless), about the inter-generational movement for single payer. Brad Zehr’s recent accomplishment of presenting a resolution in support of single payer health care that was passed at the AMA-MSS 2014 Interim Meeting was very much lauded at the conference. Jawad Husain also led a workshop at the conference on political advocacy, where students from different medical schools were guided in planning out a direct action to take on with their local chapters. The conference provided an opportunity to share ideas and be inspired by medical students from all over the country who are dedicated to improving the U.S. health system for the benefit of all patients. BU PNHP hopes to reconnect with some of these medical student advocates at the upcoming Students for a National Health Program Summit in Chicago, Februa! ry 14, 2014.
Other notable speakers at the conference included:
-Prof. Dorothy Roberts, JD (UPenn) spoke about how race is more of a social construct, rather than a genetic one, therefore the approach to eliminating racial disparities in medicine is better off focusing on improving the social determinants, rather than focusing on genetically personalized race-based medicine as a commodity.
-Prof. Lawrence Lessig, JD (Harvard Law School) spoke about the necessity of campaign finance reform, if we are ever to see significant gains for social justice and equity in our political system. -Jawad Husain
Latino Medical Student Association
|LMSA-Northeast had their House of Delegates conference this year in New York at Weill Cornell Medical College. The House of Delegates provides a way for each individual LMSA chapter in the north-east to vote and approve of changes regarding the organization and structure of LMSA. It also allows for the sharing of knowledge between LMSA chapters. Finally, the HOD is used to communicate details to students about the upcoming LMSA-NE annual conference, which will occur in February of 2015.
During this year’s HOD, the LMSA-NE leaders revamped the nomenclature of the executive board for future LMSA-NE executive board members. They also installed a new position as chief financial officer, in charge of securing funding by applying to grants.
We then transitioned into chapter updates, allowing other schools to give us advice on how to do some future events we are interested. The LMSA Harvard chapter gave us some solid information on how to secure funding for the future as well.
Finally we then discussed logistics of the 2015 LMSA-NE conference, which will happen at Johns Hopkins in Baltimore. -Samih Nassif
Student Presentations at National Conferences
|The AMA Interim 2014 meeting was held in beautiful Dallas over the weekend of November 7th. We participated in the collective voice and vision of medical students across the country, with highlights to include networking events, educational programming, policymaking sessions, and more! -Jade Anderson|
|This past weekend I attended the 2014 AMA Medical Student Section Interim Meeting in Dallas, Texas and participated in the 12th Annual Research Symposium. I presented a poster describing some of the research I performed during the summer after my M1 year, studying brain development in infants born very preterm. The symposium was a great opportunity to meet other medical students from around the country and discuss our research projects, both informally to each other, and formally as we presented to judges. I also attended several AMA sessions, in which we discussed the latest improvements in technology related to healthcare, and networked with students and young physicians from around the country. The AMA conference was an exciting reminder of how passionate our nation’s future physicians are about transforming the way we practice medicine and approach research in this country. -Rachel Vassar|
|The American Medical Association’s Medical Student Section met for its Interim 2014 meeting November 6-8 in Dallas. The highlight of the meeting was the General Assembly, during which medical students debated about 40 policy items. Among the most discussed resolutions was Resolution 13, which was co-authored by the Massachusetts student delegation. Resolution 13 asked for the medical student section to support state legislation to implement single-payer health insurance. The MSS adopted the resolution, which was a major achievement for our Massachusetts delegation. -Brad Zehr|
|The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) Annual Meeting in Dallas, TX held November 6-8 is an annual conference for medical students around the country to meet and participate in discussion and policy making. The conference consists of student assemblies in which resolutions are presented, debated, and voted upon. These have the potential to be presented to the House of Delegates, which is the official policy-making body of the AMA. Furthermore, attendees have a chance to participate in break-out sessions and programming relating to a variety of issues such as public health, entrepreneurship, technology, quality and advocacy. This conference also allows a chance for the attendees to network with fellow medical students and physicians. It also is an opportunity for students to seek mentor-ships and get involved in community service ! projects. Lastly, there will also be a research seminar with students presenting their research projects.
As a member of the Committee on Long Range Planning, I personally held a talk on the mobile health technology, an interactive discussion about the role of mobile technology in healthcare and the effect it will have on patients and clinicians. We allowed students to demo multiple such technologies including including iPhone applications that could measure and record EKGs, blood pressure, and pulse oximetry. -Sean Delshad