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.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Staying Connected In Your Alliance

My husband Gary and I are moving to San Diego in June for him to complete his radiology residency at UCSD. I have to admit I was a little nervous moving to a city where I know nobody. In October I received an email from Debi Ricks, the California Medical Association Alliance President inquiring what we do in Oklahoma to involve the medical student/resident physician spouses. After exchanging a few emails I was invited to attend their CMAA Winter Board Meeting in San Diego. I flew out there and met an amazing group of women! I had the opportunity to speak about the importance of involving the medical student/resident physician spouses in their county and state activities. Over the four years of being very in the alliance I have learned that being involved and staying connected is the biggest advantage you will have. There are several ways for you to get involved and some are: attend county/state alliance meetings, attend Leadership Development Conference (LDC) in Chicago, get involved with your medical school, stay connected with other spouses around the US and help each other with ideas and get involved with AMA Alliance.

If you have any questions or your county/state does not have an medical student/resident physician spouse alliance please feel free to email me at amschooler@yahoo.com. I will be more than happy to help you get going!

Always remember to stay connected and together we will build a strong alliance!!!

Ashlie Schooler
Oklahoma MSSA/RPSA


debbiricks said...

It was great to see this post on the blogspot! We all so enjoyed having you with us at the meeting and are glad to know that very soon you will be in California!!! I hope others take you up on the offer to get Alliances started for the in-training doctors/spouses etc! It's such a great opportunity to network and to make new friends.

All the best,

Debbi Ricks, President
California Medical Association Alliance

Physicians In Training said...

One of the wonderful benefits of belonging to a national organization is that it moves with you when you change locations. I know that you are looking forward to your move to California. What an exciting time for you and your family! California will be lucky to have you.
Kathy Lariviere
AMA Alliance Secretary