Quite a lot has happened this year for UBC UAEM! In September, two members attended the UAEM national conference in Philadelphia, where the “Philadelphia Consensus Statement” was developed. The PCS is a short document summarizing UAEM’s goals: we invite you to voice your support at http://consensus.essentialmedicine.org.
As a national organization, we have collected signatures from prominent figures, such as Stephen Lewis (UN), Jeffrey Sachs (economist, author), James Orbinski (prior MSF director), politicians and Noble laureates. Here at UBC, we have had Bob Hancock, Julio Montaner, Bob Hogg, Tom Perry and numerous members from Therapeutics Initiative sign the PCS, amongst other prominent researchers.
In October, we had a “teach-in” session to recruit new members and get everybody up to speed. We rented the Medical Student Alumni Centre for the day and had 20 people turn out. In January, we had a “Powerpoint Potluck Party” where members in our group got to practice presenting in front of an audience and what they can say when meeting with professors and administrators.
UAEM has also been garnering media attention on campus. Over the summer, we had an article published in the Ubyssey, and in November, UAEM member Gina Eom published an article in The Knoll (see media section). Most recently, UAEM member Patricia Kretz presented alongside Julio Montaner at the Liu Institute for Global Issues on World AIDS Day in December.
As a group, we’ve written a constitution and are applying to become an official AMS group. We are starting to look for sources of funding for putting on events, covering administrative costs, and traveling to connect with other UAEMers across North America.
We will continue to meet biweekly for the coming term. We have a several presentations scheduled, including at SFU, and we are continuing to meet with administrators and trying to push policy change. As always, if you would like to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org.