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Medical Student Section

The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership, and promoting activism for the health of America. The AMA-MSS is the largest and most influential organization of medical students in the country.

AMA-MSS News and Announcements

Attend the AMA Medical Student Section Annual Meeting June 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency, Chicago.

Registration for delegates and alternate delegates closes May 1st.

Wanted: clinical article submissions for JAMA

The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) is seeking submissions for JAMA Clinical Challenge articles and the journal's new feature, diagnostic test imaging.

JAMA Clinical Challenge articles are regularly published in JAMA and involve the interpretation of a clinical image. While the new diagnostic test imaging series has not yet been published, JAMA is now accepting submissions for it.

These articles are ideal for writing teams of medical students or resident physicians partnered with attending physicians. JAMA's instructions for authors provide details on the requirements for both article types.

Interested authors should start by sending an email to JAMA Deputy Editor Ed Livingston, MD, and viewing a recently published example of a JAMA Clinical Challenge article. For more information on how to submit figures, read The JAMA Network's Guidelines for Figures in Accepted Manuscripts. JAMA will not consider manuscripts that do not follow these guidelines.

AMA members receive full online access to The JAMA Network, which includes JAMA and nine specialty journals. Activate your subscription today.

AMA selects 31 med ed innovations in $10 million initiatives next step

Thirty-one proposed innovations from 33 medical schools have advanced to the next round of the AMA's $10 million Accelerating Change in Medical Education initiative aimed at transforming the way future physicians are trained.

The AMA selected the 31 innovations from an initial pool of 119 applicants - more than 80 percent of U.S. medical schools - that submitted letters of intent in February outlining their proposals. Using multiple reviewers with medical education expertise and standardized criteria, the AMA selected applications from 28 individual schools and three collaborative groups of schools to submit full proposals.

Full proposals are due May 15 and must detail specifics of the innovations the selected schools seek to explore. A national panel will then help the AMA select the final eight to 10 grant awardees, which will be announced in June during the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

Visit the Accelerating Change in Medical Education web page for more information on this exciting AMA initiative.

University of South Florida wins latest AMA-MSS Event of the Month award

USF College of Medicine is the latest winner of the AMA Medical Student Section's (MSS) new "Event of the Month" award, which showcases recruitment, community service, education and AMA-MSS National Service Project events coordinated by individual AMA medical student sections.

USF won for its Wellness Week Boot Camp held in April. The local section coordinated weekly "boot camp" sessions for students to have the opportunity to complete a full-body workout on campus. Students from the MD and DPT programs participated in these sessions and were excited about exercising together as a group and promoting a healthy school/life balance. The AMA provided funding for the fitness equipment which included kettlebell weights, mats, elastic bands and dumbbells. Visit the Event of the Month web page for a detailed description of the event.

MSS Member Resources

Succeeding from Medical School to Practice
This comprehensive, easy-to-navigate resource includes a wealth of valuable information plus streaming video to help medical students navigate medical school and transition into residency and practice.

This Resource allows students to research residency training locations throughout the country, offering a comprehensive database consisting of over 9000 graduate medical education programs.

AMA Membership Benefits
As an AMA member, medical students are entitled to a large number of complimentary resources and discounts on useful products!

Financial Aid/Debt Management Information and Resources
The AMA is committed to helping students obtain information on financial aid and debt management resources.

Videos on MSS membership and participation

  • Future Physician Leaders: MSS leaders and participants discuss the benefits of becoming involved in the MSS and attending the national meetings
  • Experience the AMA Anew: This video showcases the "Doctors Back to School" service project, as well as an AMA networking function.
  • Reference Committee Policy Making: Students engaging in debate and creating policy during a reference committee at the 2012 Annual Meeting.

MSS Meetings and Events

Medical Student Opportunities