Welcome!

Everyone knows that medical school and residency are stressful for young physicians. The AMA Alliance knows that the training years can be just as challenging for the physician's spouse. Our new blog offers resources to provide specific support for partners of physicians in training, as well as assistance in finding an Alliance in your area.

We know that support for the family of medicine is most comforting when it is provided by the family of medicine.

To learn more about the Young Member Connection please view our first blog entry here.

Friday, January 16, 2009

About the Young Member Connection

Who is YMC?
The AMA Alliance Young Member Connection is a network of medical students and their spouses as well as resident physicians and their spouses. We are members of the AMA Alliance and we know that support for the family of medicine is most comforting when it is provided by the family of medicine.

Mission
The mission of the AMA Alliance is to partner with physicians to promote the good health of America and support the family of medicine.

Programs Available
Medical school and residency can be stressful for young physicians. The AMA Alliance knows that the training years can be just as challenging for the physician's spouse. The following programs are available to members:

* Making Choices for a Medical Lifestyle
What specialty should I choose? Is it possible to have work/life balance as a physician? These are questions medical students and their spouses often ask themselves. Get answers to these questions from physicians who have experienced life in and out of the lab coat.

* Surviving the Training Years
This panel session will discuss how your family can survive—and even thrive—during the difficult medical training years.

* Physicians-In-Training Host Program
The AMA Alliance, AMA Medical Student Section and AMA Resident/Fellows Section have joined forces to provide housing opportunities for fourth-year medical students as they interview for residency. The program was created to help students cut down on interviewing costs, get to know the community surrounding their potential residency program, and introduce them to the local medical society and Alliance. Through the Physicians-In-Training Host Program, students can expect a one-or-two-night stay in an Alliance member's home. Click here to download an application.

* Discounts
As a young member, you will receive a 75% discount off of an AMA Alliance annual membership (Regular dues are $40 for physicians and their spouses. Dues for medical students and their spouses as well as resident physicians and their spouses are $10). Additionally, you may receive discounts or waived registration fees to selected AMA Alliance events.

* Membership that travels with you
Chances are that you will relocate following medical school, residency, or fellowship training. Your alliance membership travels with you. We can help connect you to your new community before you move so that an Alliance member can help you with the transition to a new community.

14 comments:

Kathy L said...

I think this is a wonderful resource and wish it had been available when my husband was in training. It will be fun to see what Resident Spouse and Student Spouse groups are doing.

Andrew Maddox said...

Thanks to everyone for their hard work. It's great to this venue to talk about the challenges that we all face as spouses of residents. I look forward to working with everyone!

Ashlie Schooler said...

I think this looks great!! I am so excited to get it open to everyone.

Amy said...

Great job, YMC! I am so excited about the blog.

krmorris said...

Great job on the YMC blog!

Brittany Pulsipher said...

This is great! Thank you for setting it up! Can you add a link on the right hand side for the University of Utah Medical Student Alliance? The address is:

http://umed.med.utah.edu/get_involved/clubs/msa/

Thanks!

Kathy L said...

We would love to add links to any Medical Student or Resident Physician spouse organizaton. We would also like to feature your activities and photos. Send them to me at AllianceKL@mchsi.com and we will get them posted.

ChicagoJoP said...

This blog has great potential for keeping everyone connected in the family of medicine.

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Gail Kacich said...

My husband and I recently hosted a medical student for a month while he completed a rotation at the Southern Illinois University School of Medicine here in Springfield, Illinois. It was a pleasure to have this talented young man stay with us (and I got to play Italian mother and cook!).

I was also impressed by how much my husband, a cardiologist, enjoyed mentoring this young man. The two of them would talk for hours about careers in medicine, about how to decide on a specialty, about lifestyle issues. It was great for all of us.

Please know that AMA and AMA Alliance members are here for you. Don't hesitate to contact the AMA Alliance if you need a place to stay during an interview or rotation.

Gail Kacich
AMA Alliance Member
Springfield, Illinois

debbiricks said...

This is a great asset. I will be promoting the blog in California as we concentrate our efforts on providing for our medical student/resident members. We had a jump-start last weekend at our Winter Board meeting where Ashlie Schooler, a member of the AMAA Young Member Connection Task Force joined us in San Diego. She and her husband will be moving there for residency in June. Not only did we meet a new special friend, but Ashlie inspired is with her experiences working with the MSS/RPS groups in Oklahoma. California is eager to start programs for our "in training" members. We're looking forward to Ashlie's help and to supporting our young physicians and their families.

Debbi Ricks, President
California Medical Association Alliance

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