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2002 AED National Convention Report
David Bumpass, Delegate

The national convention was held at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Orlando, FL, from March 7-9, 2002. Below is a summary of ideas that may be applicable to our chapter.

1. Open and publicize business meetings

  • Require all full members to attend a certain number of meetings
  • Increases involvement and new ideas
2. Strengthen service involvement
  • Require certain number of points to be service points
  • Coordinate with CESC to publicize opportunities for health care-related service; we do not want to duplicate CESC
  • Concentrate our periodic AED service projects on one or a few organizations
3. Restructure buddy system
  • Buddy system great idea, but needs refinement
  • Do not depend on every full member to participate
  • Have several socials throughout the year
4. Update website
  • Calendar
  • Health advising info (exists already)
  • Info for prospective pre-med students
  • Include links to health schools
  • Include info on medical ethics/sociology program
  • Possibly include a way for members to check their points (similar to CLP website)
5. Ethics discussions
  • Hold regular but informal medical ethics discussion sessions
  • Choose articles on a variety of topics to discuss
  • Very helpful to have a basic ethics knowledge for interviews
6. Programs
  • "In light of success of science/health CLPs this year, work to have more speakers visit Furman to give CLP presentations that benefit entire Furman community
    • Dr. Glenn McGee -keynote speaker at convention; one of the foremost bioethicists in U.S.; Univ. of Pennsylvania; testifies regularly before Congress, especially on stem cells; both of his parents graduated from Furman University
  • Possibly bring in speakers on osteopathy, chiropractic, podiatry, MD/MPH, MBA, PhD
  • Possibly bring in alumni who are now health students to have a panel discussion (hold this event over their spring break)
  • Divide responsibility for Programs
    • Programs chair would oversee details; he/she would line up transportation, lodging, honoraria/gifts for speakers; other members who know the speakers would be responsible for contacting them and asking them to speak "
7. Report to Scalpel regularly (every 6 months)
  • The chapter reports are the most effective method to spread new ideas to other chapters; we can gain from reading them and can contribute much as well
  • Encourage members to submit articles on unique internships, medical mission trips, etc; also, art for the magazine's cover is needed
  • The Scalpel scrounges for material for each issue, so submissions stand a fair chance of being published
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