2014 COD Parliamentary Summary

Resolution 01-2014: Defining the Right to Health Care

Title: Defining the Right to Health Care

Resolution Identification: 01-2014

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Members of the COD gave testimonies in support of adoption of the resolution. Discussion was centered on clarifying the authors’ intent that health care be provided for all individuals who reside in the United States and not just legal residents.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association adopts policy supporting equity in access to health care as an inalienable right of all those who reside in the United States of America.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 02-2014: Physician-Patient relationship

Title: Physicians Role within the Physician-Patient relationship

Resolution Identification: 02-2014

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Discussion was centered on whether the resolution language was too specific.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association support the definition of a physician’s role to include social advocacy, political advocacy, culturally proficient patient education and community development in addition to clinical expertise.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 03-2014: Diversity in Medicine

Title: Diversity in Medicine

Resolution Identification: 03-2014

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Discussion was limited as the one delegate who voted against adoption was unsure of his region’s opinion on the resolution because of an error in communication with the regional policy chair.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports diversification of the medical community, with a strong emphasis on students and professionals of Latino origins, to reflect the growing diversity of the American patient population; and it be further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association increase the diversity of the student and health pro­fessional communities through support of initiatives including, but not limited to: mentoring, recruitment, and community outreach programs.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 04-2014: Health Literacy

Title: Defining the Need for Health Literacy

Resolution Identification: 04-2014

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Discussion was centered on whether the resolution language was too specific. The delegates agreed that the resolution could be amended in the future if necessary once the efforts of LMSA are more clearly defined.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association pursues increasing health literacy amongst Latino communities, especially non-native English speakers in low socioeconomic communities.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 05-2014: Health Care Equality

Title: Health Care Equality for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations of Latino Origin

Resolution Identification: 05-2014

Parliamentary Summary: This resolution was extracted for discussion. Several members of the COD gave testimonies in support of the resolution as written by the authors.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association recognizes the inequities faced by Lesbian-Gay-Bisexual-Transgender-Queer (LGBTQ) people, especially in the Latino community, within its policy platform and op­poses any form of discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity; and it be further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association supports initiatives that address and work to allevi­ate the specific obstacles faced by the LGBTQ Latino population, particularly as they relate to health dispari­ties and medical education and training.

Congressional Action: ADOPTED as amended at the COD.

Resolution 06-2014: Diversity in Medicine

Title: Diversity in Medicine

Resolution Identification: 06-2014

Parliamentary Summary: Resolution 06-2014 was submitted as an “emergency” resolution on the day of the Congress of Delegates. As such, there was a spirited discussion on both the merits of the resolution itself, and on the appropriate process of reviewing and vetting resolutions submitted to the LMSA COD. Due to the discussion on the floor, the resolution was split into two parts, which were considered individually. After hearing testimony from individuals recognized as experts on the subject by the Speaker, the resolution authors agreed to defer adoption of both “resolved” clauses in the resolution to a later date.

Final Content:

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association endorses the idea that every medical school admissions committee actively consider race and ethnicity as factors for student admission; and it be further

RESOLVED, that our Latino Medical Student Association support that every United States academic health campus develop, implement and evaluate an infrastructure to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of individuals considered to be underrepresented in medicine and the biomedical sciences.

Congressional Action: ADOPTION DEFERRED.