Medical students seek more U.S. help for AIDS

NEWS IN BRIEF — Posted March 14, 2005

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The global AIDS epidemic should be a higher priority for the United States, according to a recent survey by the American Medical Student Assn., an independent medical student organization.

Nearly 90% of respondents said AIDS should be a top or higher priority for the government; 72.7% believed that global HIV/AIDS is the "crisis of our generation."

"Medical students are interested in learning more about global HIV/AIDS and want to learn the skills necessary to fight the pandemic," said AMSA President Brian Palmer, MD, MPH. "With over 8,000 AIDS-related deaths each day, our nation's medical schools need to amend curricula to address the greatest health crisis of our generation."

AMSA designed and conducted the online, unscientific survey in which 425 AMSA members participated. AMSA is a student-governed, nonprofit organization representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. It has nearly 50,000 members, including medical and premedical students, residents and practicing physicians.

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