AMSA (American Medical Student Association) is the national student run organization for training physicians. Pre-med students, medical students, residents, and practicing physicians can all be a part of this national association. AMSA is involved in bettering medical education and healthcare across the board, allowing us, as future physicians, to get involved in legislation to improve the way patients are treated. As an osteopathic medical student, I really wanted to get involved to spread the word about osteopathic medicine to my future MD colleges. Through attending the 2016 national convention in DC, we learned a lot from other medical students and physicians and were able to talk to a lot of people about osteopathic manipulative medicine.
The convention also happened to fall around the same time that the cherry blossoms were blooming in DC, it was absolutely beautiful! We arrived a day early to explore the city and experience all the amazing historical buildings and artifacts that DC has to offer.
Some of the highlights of the trip included sessions on crime scene investigation in medicine, overdose prevention, practice using laparoscopic equipment, suturing workshops, and talks on other various topics in medicine. We also were able to make a lot of connections with students from other schools as well as companies open to assisting medical students with board prep and clerkship rotation resources.
The best part of the convention, however, was helping out with the Osteopathic Manipulation session run by our very own Ankita (a talented 3rd year medical student). This was hands down the best experience of the weekend because I was able to help out in educating other students and physicians on the DO difference. We even got to demonstrate the use of OMT by treating students for a wide array of problems from ankle pain to back pain to headaches. It was really awesome to be able to put all we have learned into practice not only to treat the somatic dysfunction that the students had, but to teach the art and science of osteopathic medicine to others.