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Health Care Debates Overview

When: Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017, 10:30 AM

Where: Hershey Lodge, as part of PAMED's House of Delegates and Annual Education Conference

Who can participate: Pennsylvania medical students. The deadline to participate is Sept. 29.

Debate Topics: Be part of the conversation as teams of students from PA's medical schools debate the pros and cons of three significant health care considerations:

  • Should insurance companies provide coverage for all treatments/medications deemed necessary by a physician for a patient's medical care?
  • Should health care be recognized as a universal human right and provided for free with all costs covered by the state?
  • Should patients who have been deemed terminally ill by a physician have as a recognized option the ability to request a physician's aid in dying?

How to participate: Fill out this form

Students enrolled in any Pennsylvania medical school are eligible to participate in our second annual Health Care Debate. An audience of practicing physicians will judge each debate.

Click here to watch videos from 2016 debates

See rules for 2017 event

  • Students must be PAMED members to participate.
  • Each of the three topics will be covered in 30-minute intervals.
  • Two teams comprised of medical students are created based on registrations, maximum of 10 participants per team.
  • Each team identifies a captain that helps organize his/her team and determines which of the three topics are assigned to each team member.
  • Teams must know the pros and cons of all three topics as actual team position on the topic is not determined until the day of the debates.
  • Three students from each team will participate on stage for each debate topic.
  • Supporting evidence should relate to community challenges, laws, regulations, or other health care concerns/data in Pennsylvania
  • All Pennsylvania medical schools will be given the opportunity to be represented; schools with multiple participants will be evenly split between the two teams on a first come, first served basis.
  • Audience members will have the opportunity to question statements of the debate teams during the Q&A period.
  • Audience members will determine the winners of each debate topic.

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