The American Medical Association Medical Student Section has appointed Wayne State University School of Medicine student Tabitha Moses to two positions this year, as the Region 5 Legislative and Advocacy chair and as a member of the Committee on Bioethics and Humanities.
Moses, pursuing a dual degree in the school’s M.D./Ph.D. program, is starting her second year of graduate school in the Translational Neuroscience Program. She has been an active member of the AMA-MSS chapter at Wayne State since 2016, serving as the primary author on 11 resolutions and secondary author on 22 resolutions.
“Most of my policy work is focused around issues related to mental health and marginalized populations. I have also helped organize naloxone trainings and talks from physicians on issues relevant to students on behalf of our AMA chapter,” she said.
She served as a student liaison in her first year of medical school, then as chapter treasurer and Region 5 Membership chair. She also served as the WSU chapter’s national representative, Region 5 Membership chair and joined the Women in Medicine Standing Committee.
“As part of my role on our chapter’s executive board last year, I worked to help others develop their own policy and advocacy ideas. This is something that I really wanted to do on a wider level. As the Region Legislative and Advocacy Chair, I work with students across the five states in the region -- Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and West Virginia -- to help them develop their ideas into policy,” Moses said. “Many students are just like I was when I started medical school; they have issues about which they are passionate, but they are not sure how to help catalyze the changes they want to see. Policy writing is one method through which students can work to bring about these changes, and with this position I can be a part of the process by which they develop their ideas into action.”
The AMA Bioethics Committee creates educational and programming opportunities for other students about issues related to bioethics. The committee is also responsible for reviewing and providing feedback on resolutions submitted to the AMA that are deemed to raise ethical questions.
“I am looking forward to working with the rest of the committee to engage students in bioethical issues in medicine,” Moses said. “Bioethics is a topic I see as fundamentally important to future physicians.”
Her open peer commentary, “Erasing Trauma: Ethical Considerations to the Individual and Society,” was published in the July issue of the American Journal of Bioethics Neuroscience.
She also is a member of the Student/postdoctoral Fellow Committee for the International Neuroethics Society.
“I think it is important to stay aware of the ethical implications of the work we do in both research and medicine, and this is one of the ways I can do that. For the past three years, I have presented at the Western Michigan Medical Humanities conference, and I will be giving a presentation at the conference next month on the ‘Practical and Ethical Implications of Expanding the Scope of the Mature Minor Doctrine’ with another medical student, May Chammaa, this year’s current AMA Chapter National Representative,” Moses said. “Much of my bioethics work has focused on disability and patient advocacy. Through this work I have witnessed the major disconnect between patients in certain communities and their physicians. I believe that through bioethics and humanities in general we can expand our understanding of our patients and our ability to truly hear what they need.”