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It is not often that medical students are exposed to the
legislative process of enacting health policy. However, as first
year medical students at U.C. Davis School of Medicine, we were
given the unique opportunity to attend the California Medical
Association (CMA) House of Delegates convention in Anaheim from
October 8-11 2013. The CMA is a professional organization
representing California physicians with the overall mission of
legislative, regulatory, economic and social advocacy. Their
comprehensive goal is to support their members in navigating the
increasingly complex challenges of practicing healthcare in a
rapidly evolving society. The CMA House of Delegates (HOD) consists
of over 400 physician that meet annually to deliberate resolutions
and reports relating to a multitude of issues relating to medical
practice, governance, health policy and patient advocacy.
The goal of the House of Delegates consists primarily of
resolutions and recommendations submitted by delegations or by
individual delegates. We learned that each item of business is
assigned to a "reference committee," consisting of six members of
the House. Subsequently, each reference committee conducts a
hearing or meeting to receive testimony for or against proposed
resolutions from other CMA members and delegates. The committee
then formulates recommendations for action by the full House, which
votes to adopt, reject, amend or refer (for further study or for
decision by the Board of Trustees) each recommendation.
The reference committee meetings presented us with the exciting
opportunity to voice our opinions on several issues deliberated in
the Medical Student Section. We were particularly impressed by the
quality and depth of some of the resolutions championed by other
medical students from around the state. One of the more poignant
resolutions advocated for California physicians to identify and
refer minors at-risk for sexual exploitation to appropriate social
services. It was very inspiring to see fellow student delegates
from U.C. Davis successfully pass a resolution that will allow
California medical schools greater autonomy in setting graduation
requirements. Their success has motivated us to author our own
resolutions in future conferences.
An important highlight was then attending the meetings of the
full House of Delegates for the combined group caucus. There were
controversial subjects that generated passionate debates, including
the topic of single payer healthcare system. Nevertheless, the
collegial and respectful atmosphere created a safe environment for
all to debate amicably. As the conference proceeded, our
familiarity increased as we gained a deeper insight into how
physicians can impact health policy and patient care on a broader
One of the best aspects of the weekend was the overwhelming
support and warm reception we received from the physicians. Many of
them expressed how important our participation as medical students
were to the organization and the future of medicine. The networking
contacts that we made will serve as a launching pad in our future
involvement in health policy and advocacy as we progress through
our medical education.
We returned to our school with renewed vigor and enthusiasm in
recruiting our fellow classmates to take a more active interest in
health policy. Our main objective is to engage and educate our
student population about the numerous opportunities to get involved
in the AMA and CMA. One of the most resounding lessons that we took
away from the conference was the incredible scope of influence that
we as medical students can have on policy during our medical and
We would like to especially thank several individuals and
organizations who made this experience possible. They include Dr.
Darin Latimore, Dr. Richard Thorpe, Dr. Lee Snook, The CMA
Foundation, the Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society (SSVMS)
and the Office of Student and Resident Diversity at U.C. Davis
School of Medicine.