AMA Medical Student Section: LSUHSC-Shreveport Chapter

News and upcoming events from the American Medical Association medical student chapter at LSUHSC in Shreveport The AMA-MSS strives to be the medical students' leading voice for improving medical education, advancing health care and advocating for the future of medicine.

2017-2018 AMA Executive Board


NICOLE CROZAT, Vice President


BRANDON TOY, Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator; Fundraising Chairperson

BROOKE WILMORE, Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator


CAROLINE HAGAN, Legislative Chair

RICHIE DIAZ, Legislative Chair

RAQUEL CANDAL, Community Service Chair



AMA MSS LSUHSC-Shreveport News Media Publications: 05/20/2020

The AMA Tribute to the Medical School Class of 2020

Congratulations LSUHSC Shreveport School of Medicine Class of 2020!! The AMA will will host a national, virtual celebration to honor the 30,000 medical students who are graduating this spring.


Physician Coalition of Louisiana

OPPOSE HB 864: Medical School MATTERS!

Advanced Practice Registered Nurses -APRNs- (Certified Nurse-Midwives (CNM), Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA), Clinical Nurse Specialists (CNS), and Nurse Practitioners (NP) are using the COVID-19 pandemic to promote legislation telling lawmakers that they are currently working without the need for a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA) and things are just fine without Louisiana’s “unnecessary and antiquated rules and regulations.” HB 864 is a bad bill with huge implications!

HB 864 gives to APRNs by legislation what they did not earn by education. We encourage everyone to make sure your legislators know that MEDICAL SCHOOL MATTERS!

Support physician-led healthcare teams and join the Physician Coalition of Louisiana in opposing HB 864!


It’s that time of year again! Be sure to come check out the AMA Student Group’s Residency Speed Dating event on Tuesday, April 23, from 5:00-7:00 p.m. in the BRI. You will rotate through a variety of residency programs, during which time you will learn about program requirements, research opportunities, scores, and other pertinent information directly from residents and program directors. This is an excellent chance to learn about future career options and make connections with leaders in our LSU community. Chick-fil-A will also be provided for dinner at 5 p.m. Please sign up for the event at the link below so arrangements can be made for dinner.


👏🏻 Congratulations to our faculty advisor, Dr. Lee Stevens, for becoming the 139th president of the Louisiana State Medical Society!!

Join us in welcoming our 139th president, Lee Stevens, MD!🎉


AMA Medical Student Section: LSUHSC-Shreveport Chapter's cover photo 11/19/2018

Highlights from the 2018 AMA Interim Meeting

The AMA had its Interim meeting in National Harbor Maryland last weekend. Here are the highlights if anyone is interested in what we’ve been up to. Catch up with the news from the AMA House of Delegates’ meeting in National Harbor, Maryland. 08/29/2018

150 Groups Send Letter on Proposed Changes to Physician Payment Rule | American Medical Association

From the legislative committee:

““Excessive E/M documentation requirements do not just take time away from patient care; they also make it more difficult to locate medical information in patients’ records that is necessary to provide high quality care”

Legislative update! CMS has emphasized the reduction of administrative burdens as one of their key priorities for healthcare- a “Patients over Paperwork” initiative- and potential changes to our Evaluation and Management (E/M) codes as part of the proposed 2019 Medicare physician payment rule* may dramatically change the way physicians document clinical visits.

Yesterday, our AMA signed onto the attached letter** with ~150 state and national medical organizations in response to the proposed changes, highlighting three efforts that would take serious steps towards alleviating the documentation burdens of practice.

“1. Changing the required documentation of the patient’s history to focus only on the interval history since the previous visit;
2. Eliminating the requirement for physicians to re-document information that has already been documented in the patient’s record by practice staff or by the patient; and
3. Removing the need to justify providing a home visit instead of an office visit.”

I want to point out that current E/M codes, such as those pertaining to single and multi-organ system examinations, date back to 1997 and 1995 documentation guidelines. I believe Dan Diamond touched on this in a recent episode of Politico’s Pulse Check, but most of us here have never seen an alternative method. Changing a practice that has been established for 20+ years is not without risks, so the letter closes by urging that CMS and the Administration “…work together with the medical community on a mutually agreeable policy that will achieve our shared goal of simplifying E/M documentation burdens while mitigating any unintended consequences.”

*The proposed rules:

**The AMA’s press release:” The AMA and 150 health groups sent a letter to CMS Administrator Seema Verma on the proposals included in the 2019 Medicare physician payment rule. 08/28/2018

mss-interim-overview | American Medical Association

Update from the head of MSS:

“We hope you'll be joining us this year at our MSS Interim Meeting in National Harbor, Maryland from Nov 8-10th!

Registration is now open:

We will be posting meeting documents to our MSS meeting page as they become available: MSS Interim Meeting Nov. 8-10, 2018, National Harbor, Maryland Agenda & Important Dates Download the meeting app or review key dates and deadlines for the MSS Interim Meeting. Registration, Travel & Hotel Register for the meeting, book tickets, make travel arrangements and reserve child care. Meetin...

[08/24/18]   The AMA sent comment to CMS this past week opposing several provisions of the proposed Kentucky Medicaid waiver (including work requirements):

"The AMA believes everyone deserves quality health care. As physicians, we regularly confront the effects of lack of access to adequate care and know that Medicaid is an important—and often the only—source of consistent care for low-income individuals... We urge CMS to reconsider the impact that the restrictive elements of the proposal could have in potentially costing tens of thousands of patients their access to critical medical care."

- AMA CEO James L. Madara, MD

Our concerns include:

- Community engagement / work requirements: "The AMA opposes work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility; we believe that such requirements will negatively affect access to care and lead to significant negative consequences on individuals’ health and well-being."

- Restrictions on retroactive eligibility: "Retroactive eligibility is a vital element of the Medicaid safety net, designed to protect vulnerable, low-income patients from further financial hardship and encourage them to seek care when needed, rather than risk exacerbating a health condition by delaying care."

- Lock-out periods: "[L]ock-outs are overly punitive and will increase the number of uninsured residents in Kentucky while increasing the burden of uncompensated care on the health care system. This proposed policy fails to consider the harsh reality faced by those living in poverty for whom income and hardship can be unpredictable." 08/23/2018


GRAF Update - 2018 Midterm Elections
Quick GRAF update coming in hot! Learn more about the most highly contested Senate and House races for 2018 Midterms at the links below. More information on Get Out the Vote MSS-initiatives to come in the next few weeks! As always, if you have any questions about a specific race in your state or region (or just in general), feel free to email me at [email protected].

Real Clear Politics:
AMPAC is the bipartisan political action committee of the AMA. The website tracks relevant election news coverage, upcoming AMPAC events, and AMPAC news!

Charlie Cook Political Report is one of the most reliable resources for analyzing and tracking federal elections. Charlie Cook's idea was to create a non-partisan newsletter that would analyze American political campaigns from the perspective of someone who actually had worked both in campaigns and as a pollster:

Nate Silver's 538 website is a great way to take a break from medical school studying and read up on the 2018 election, sports, economics, culture, and science and health: Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight uses statistical analysis — hard numbers — to tell compelling stories about elections, politics, sports, science, economics and lifestyle. 08/01/2017


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Save the Snapchat you take with our filter and post your best photo using the hashtag #AMAShreve. You might be featured on the national American Medical Association - Medical Students page!

Class of 2021 AMA Members: Post your photo and like our page, you will be entered into a drawing on Tuesday, August 1 for a chance to win some helpful items for medical school!

Thanks to the Social Media & Design Team at the AMA headquarters for designing the Snapchat filter that will be running throughout orientation week for new medical students!

[06/16/16]   Today the American Medical Association House of Delegates passed a resolution calling for state medical boards & the NBME to #EndStep2CS!

Medical students across the country were well-represented due to your support at the local level. This is what the AMA can do for you, it's not just about free books and JAMA subscriptions. We can make real change happen, and we did that today.

Thank you all for playing your part.

[06/14/16]   Landslide decision by the AMA to declare gun violence as a public health crisis!

#AMAproud #AMAmtg #endgunviolence 06/12/2016

Rohan Shah (@RMShah91) posted a photo on Twitter

One of our region 3 members: Get the whole picture - and other photos from Rohan Shah


2016 AMA Annual Meeting - Reports & Resolutions

Quick update from the MSS General Assembly in Chicago: Delegates from our school and others in Region 3 are hard at work voting on policy in the Annual MSS Meeting. Region 3 is doing a great job passing resolutions this year, and so far we have passed 4/4 of our proposed resolutions. Special thanks to Will Estes (Texas A&M), as well as our Oklahoma Delegation for giving some fantastic testimony in support of our resolutions. Two more days until the HoD begins! If you're interested in reading about the HoD resolutions that have been proposed, follow this link, download the handbook, and scroll down to the resolutions! (Page 102 begins the resolutions) The following DRAFT resolutions are subject to change. Final documents will be made available to the House of Delegates on or before Sunday, June 12.

[01/25/16]   Special Thanks to our AMA members in LSMS who represented us this weekend at the House of Delegates Conference! The student section had a great showing this year and put up a strong fight for some awesome resolutions including GME Expansion and Student Loan Repayment protections, as well as stood up against some measures that would have cut our representation in the HoD.

Fantastic Job, LSMS-MSS Delegates!


Hello Members! We are proud to announce that LSU Shreveport had a huge turnout at the Interim Conference in Atlanta this weekend! We were well-represented in many areas including leadership positions, research poster presentations, voting delegates, and even those who simply came to network and become more involved. While in Atlanta, we were able to vote on all sorts of resolutions involving organ donation, drug-pricing reform, medical tourism, medical school curriculums, and many many more!

During downtime, we were able to market our school's journal, the AMSRJ by passing out fliers to student researchers and inviting them to send in submissions. We also managed to get one of our AMA officers into a Region 3 leadership position as an Alt Delegate to the national AMA conference in Chicago. To top it all off, we made a ton of new connections with schools in our region and picked up a a lot of cool, new ideas.

We had several victories for our school this weekend, many personal victories too. Also, wow, can it be mentioned that Atlanta has some fantastic Indian food? Anyway, I hope you all had a great time at Interim Conference, and for those of you that didn't make it, we hope you get a chance to come to the Advocacy Day/Region 3 Conference in March! More pics to follow, have a wonderful Sunday afternoon Y'all!

[09/14/15]   Attention AMA members! Dr. Barish will be giving the 2nd Annual "State of the School" Address this Tuesday, September 15th from 12-1pm in the 8th floor lecture hall. LUNCH PROVIDED.

This is a great opportunity to hear about everything going on behind the scenes at our school, and did I mention FREE LUNCH. Hope to see you all there! 08/25/2015

Record-breaking Match sees higher percentage of unmatched seniors Note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 75 percent of DO students were placed in the American Osteopathic Association's (AOA) Intern/Resident Registration Program. The below story makes it clear that 75 percent of DO students who participated in the AOA match were placed. At the conclusion of the largest Main Residency Match in the history of the National Resident Matching Program (N**P) last week, about 6.1 percent of U.S. 08/25/2015

AMA R3 Newsletter #1

Check out our latest Region 3 newsletter here- GME action week, resolutions, and more! AMA Region III has hit the ground running as we begin a new school year. Check out the major highlights coming up and how you can get involved!


This week, help AMA #SaveGME by spreading the word about inadequate graduate medical education funding and the lack of residency positions to train new doctors. Share this post, change your profile pic, and visit this site for more information: 08/20/2015

Congratulations all new AMA members! We're so excited to have you on board! Next week the AMA is launching a campaign entitled "Save GME."

What is GME?
GME stands for Graduate Medical Education, more commonly referred to as residency.

Why should you care?
Every year, there are more american medical students graduating than residency positions available.

Where does the funding come from?
The vast majority of these residency positions are funded by Medicare and Medicaid. However in 1997, Congress placed a cap on the number of spots that could be funded through Medicare. With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and an increasingly growing and aging population, physicians are in more demand than ever. Experts expect a shortage of nearly 100,000 physicians by the year 2025. Medical schools have done their part and increased enrollment, however every year hundreds of american medical school graduates are left without a residency spot to complete their training.

What is SaveGME's goal?
SaveGME is a national campaign sponsored by the AMA that is urging Congress to first, maintain the current level of funding for GME, and eventually, to expand the number of spots funded.

Keep posted over the upcoming week to see how you can help make a difference and ensure your future! Protect federal funding for graduate medical education. 08/19/2015

American Medical Association

Welcome to all the MS1 AMA members! If you are not a member and would like to be, follow this link: AMA's online membership form or renew your AMA membership online


American Medical Association - Medical Students

Networking, career advice, and educational programming... all at the AMA National Medical Student Meeting! Register: 04/14/2015

Residency Speed Dating Sign-up - Google Sheets

Don't forget to sign up for the Residency Speed Dating event on April 20th! It's going to be a great event; here are the details:

What: An informal event where you get to rotate through 15 minute sessions offered by current residents and attendings from 5 different specialties (internal medicine, ob/gyn, surgery, psychiatry, urology)

Where: BRI 8th floor atrium

When: April 20th at 5:30 pm

**There will be free food from Athena's!!!**

If you are interested in attending, please sign up using the link below: 02/20/2015 The American Medical Association (AMA-MSS) Public Health Case Competition is an intensive exercise in real-world problem solving. The competition will feature a scenario with real public health problems that challenge our healthcare system every day. Participants develop solutions complete with budg…

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The AMA-MSS LSUHSC-S chapter strives to be the medical students' leading voice for improving medical education, advancing health care and advocating for the future of medicine. This chapter is located at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in Shreveport, Louisiana and a membership of 300+ medical students. This MSS is a branch of the American Medical Association and work directly with the Louisiana State Medical Society.

2018-2019 AMA Executive Board

BRANDON TOY, President

SHAAN PATEL, Vice President

JIMMY BROWN, Treasurer/Medical Student Outreach Program Coordinator


BEN ZEICHNER, Legislative Chair

NICOLE CROZAT, Legislative Chair

RAQUEL CANDAL, Community Service Chair








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