American Medical Association (AMA) Annual Conference, 2017
We would like to recognize DGSOM students and American Medical Association (AMA) delegates Emmanuel Aguilar-Posada, Oscar Gucumatzi Echeverria, Abhinaya Narayanan, David Patron, and Stacy Songco for their great work and advocacy to pass a resolution to the AMA House of Delegates authored by Stacy Songco at the AMA Annual Conference.
This resolution entitled "Improving Medical Care in Immigrant Detention Centers" asks the AMA to advocate for the improvement of health conditions in detention centers and make a public statement to ICE asking them to a) revise their health standards to Meet National Commission on Correctional Health Care standards 2) enforce these standards and 3) track detainee complaints.
In addition, "As ICE contracts with private detention centers where the majority of preventable deaths have occurred, the AMA will recommend that federal immigration enforcement refrain from partnerships with private facilities that do not meet the standards of medical care as set by the National Commission on Correctional Health Care".
More details here in this AMA press release under "Improving Medical Care in Immigrant Detention Centers": https://www.ama-assn.org/ama-adopts-new-policies-improve-health-immigrants-and-refugees
We are also proud to announce that DGSOM student Karthik Sarma, MD/PhD student, will be assuming a role on the AMA Board of Trustees. https://www.ama-assn.org/ucla-medical-student-elected-ama-board-trustees
LMSA Dia de Los Muertos Celebration, November 2016
The UCLA DGSOM/CDU Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Chapter highlights the commitment of cultivating diverse and passionate physician leaders since the Chicano/Latino Medical Student Association (CMSA) was established in 1984 as a statewide initiative. Many of our board members benefitted from the assistance of LMSA during their respective undergraduate careers, so making sure we provide quality mentorship programming has remained at the forefront of our agenda to create a diverse physician workforce. Our Lennox Health Fairs, Latino Health Lecture Series, Dia de Los Muertos and La Posada events create a sense of community among medical students and healthcare stakeholders. As one of the largest and most established west region chapters, we foster unity among URM medical students, faculty and staff at the local and national levels.