AMSA's 2015 Annual Convention
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February 26 - March 1, 2015 

Race, Ethnicity and Culture in Health

The Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Health (REACH) committee aims to reduce health disparities between different racial, ethnic and cultural groups through advocacy, education and service. Our goals include:

  • Strengthening cultural competency in medical education,
  • Promoting diversity of the physician workforce,
  • Empowering future physicians to actively engage in the political and social movement towards health equity.

“Health equity is within our REACH”

Get Involved

  • REACH Webinar: Medical School Admissions and DACA Applicants - The Case for Change (March 2014)
    Presenter: Benji Perin, MSII from Univ of Washington SOM; Cofounder of Med-Students for Dreamer Applicants
    Explore the background of why undocumented students have historically been unable to apply to medical school, and how the DACA program has changed the landscape. What obstacles remain as schools decide whether to open their doors to DREAMers - young men and women who were brought to the US illegally as children? What’s the case for change? How many DREAMers will be attending med school next year, at the first school in the nation to change their policy, and what is residency like for the first DREAMers who have already begun their training? Also take a look at the student-led national campaign to change admissions policy – - providing students with tools they can use at their own schools (both to learn and act), and linking the work at each medical school with a map of active petitions.
    Listen to the recorded webinar.

  • REACH Webinar: Mental Health and the Affordable Care Act (Feb 2014)
    Stephen B. Kemble, M.D.Guest Speaker, Stephen Kemble, MD, is a graduate of Harvard Medical School, a psychiatrist who also trained in Internal Medicine, an assistant professor at the John A. Burns School of Medicine, a past president of the Hawaii Medical Association, and a member of Physicians for a National Health Program.
    Listen to the recorded webinar.

  • Education Equity Initiative
    - Learn about current disparities in education access for immigrants
    - Examine the connection between education and health
    - Take action to support education access

  • Health Equity Education and Advocacy 
    - Health Equity Week of Action
    - Health Equity Scholars Program
    - Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program
    - Webinars

Projects-in-a-Box Toolkits

White Coat Cards

Get Informed

Get Connected

  • The Committee of Interns and Residents is the oldest and largest housestaff union in the country, that provides residents an important voice to improve their salary and working conditions, their education and training, and the quality of care they provide to patients.

  • Native Health Initiative (NHI) is a non-profit partnership that addresses health inequities through Loving Service (a human-to-human element of wanting to serve others, volunteerism) with several respected Tribal health leaders, health lay workers, faith-based leaders and health profession students.

  • The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest and largest student-run organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color.

  • The Latino Medical Student Association is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify US Latino(a) medical students.

  • Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization that aims to address those issues important to Asian-American medical students.

Committee Leadership

Ashley Anderson
Ashley Anderson


Health Equity
Gregory Ziomek
Gregory Ziomek 
Cultural Sensitivity

Join REACH on InEx!

Inspiration Exchange

Log on to Inspiration Exchange (InEx) and communicate, file share & network with fellow students. Includes resources & webinar recordings.