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Section Involvement Grants

 

Section Involvement Grants

 

 

What is a Section Involvement Grant (SIG)?

Section Involvement Grants (SIG) provide an opportunity for local AMA medical student sections to:

  • Educate students about the AMA and offer opportunities for students to get more involved
  • Help put AMA policy into action by providing a service to medical school campuses or communities. Visit www.ama-assn.org/go/msspolicy
  • Engage in activities that focus on AMA’s top priorities. Learn more at the AMA Strategic Focus page.

How much funding can a local AMA medical student section receive through a SIG?

Local sections are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $500 to support recruitment and $500 to support education, community service and National Service Project events. Grant awards generally range from $150 to $500 per event, so we encourage you to organize several projects throughout the year. Please remember that funding is not guaranteed and each event will be evaluated on an individual basis.

New this year, SIG provides the opportunity for recap forms to be submitted for events that did not request or require SIG funding. All events submitted through the recap form are eligible for the Event of the Month nomination.

Are there different types of SIGs?

SIGs are categorized into four main event types:

Recruitment Events
Educate your peers about the importance of AMA membership and opportunities for medical students within the AMA-MSS. Recruitment events are most beneficial at the start of the school year. At these events, AMA information is presented and AMA members from your local section share how the AMA contributes to their medical school experiences and professional growth. Event examples include socials, BBQs, study sessions, upperclassmen panels, and member bring a non-member activities.

Education/Local Section Development Events
The AMA-MSS encourages local sections to provide individual development opportunities for their members. These grants focus on events that help to develop local sections and their members, such as educational sessions, workshops, retreats, and lunchtime seminars on various topics.

Community Service Events
The AMA and AMA-MSS have many policies that address topics that are relevant to public health, medical education, medical practice, patient safety, community outreach, and more. Local sections are strongly encouraged to use the grants as "seed money" to support a project that has start-up costs, but can then be maintained for little or no money. Examples of projects in this area include: starting a music library at a local hospital that is periodically staffed by members; organizing a workshop to train students on vision screenings so that they can do screenings in the community throughout the year, day care centers; or purchasing blood pressure cuffs for use in hypertension screenings.

National Service Project Events
These grants focus on our current AMA-MSS National Service Project, the AMA Healthier Life Steps™ program. Projects might include events such as health fairs or healthy cooking demonstrations.

Visit the Event of the Month awardees for event and project ideas. 

Involve your Faculty and your State or County Medical Society

Your school and your state/county medical society can be great sources of ideas and support for medical student projects. Students are strongly encouraged to share SIG event information with medical school staff and faculty as well as with state/county medical society staff who work with medical students. If you are unsure of who to contact at your medical school or state/county medical society, please contact the MSS and we will provide you with the necessary contact information.

How does a local AMA medical student section apply for a SIG?

Complete the online SIG application at least 30 days before the scheduled event. Please remember that funding is not guaranteed and each event will be evaluated on an individual basis.

All local sections receiving SIG funding are required to complete a SIG recap form within 30 days of the event. A local section cannot apply for another grant until recap forms have been completed for all prior events.

Be sure to review the conditions before completing an application. If you have any questions about SIGs, please contact the MSS.

Conditions

All local section projects, while funded by the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, shall be administered and controlled by the local section. The local section shall retain ownership of the project, and its name must be on all publicity and promotional materials (e.g., The AMA Medical Student Section at the University of _____ ). No program materials or participants shall suggest or imply that the project is administered or endorsed by the American Medical Association (“AMA”), including the Medical Student Section, or that the local section or participants are acting as agents of AMA, including the Medical Student Section. Any other and/or additional use of the AMA name or logo by the local section must be reviewed and approved in advance and in writing by the AMA.

SIG funded events must be consistent with AMA policies, including policies that prohibit discrimination of any sort. AMA will not provide funding for certain types of activities or costs such as, but not limited to: travel costs (including reimbursement for gasoline, hotels, airline, rental cars), alcoholic beverages, events at bars, door prizes/raffles, guest speakers, t-shirts, community projects that require blood draws, shots, etc.

Section Involvement Grant Application

Local sections are eligible to receive up to $1,000 per academic year, with a maximum of $500 to support recruitment and $500 to support education, community service, and National Service Project events. 

Please be sure that preparation of this application is coordinated with your officers and recruiter. Applications must be submitted at least 30 days before your event and you must have an active AMA medical student membership.

Submit a Section Involvement Grant Application

Note: You will be asked to sign in using your AMA username and password. Upon signing in, click "Continue" on the Event Registration page to be directed to the application.

Section Involvement Grant Recap Form

As a requirement to receive Section Involvement Grants, a local section must submit a recap form within 30 days of the event. Additional grant applications will not be approved without a recap form submitted for the previous grant.

The information you provide below is solely for the AMA's internal use and will not be reused or sold for any commercial purposes without your permission.

New this year, SIG provides the opportunity for recap forms to be submitted for events that did not request or require SIG funding. All events submitted through the recap form are eligible for the Event of the Month nomination.

Submit a Section Involvement Grant Recap Form

Note: You will be asked to sign in using your AMA username and password. Upon signing in, click "Continue" on the Event Registration page to be directed to the recap form.

Event of the Month

SIG selects one event every month as recipient of the Event of the Month. To be eligible, AMA medical student sections must submit a recap form and photos within 30 days of their event. At the end of the school year, all monthly winners will be showcased at the AMA-MSS Annual Meeting and will be voted on by students for the Event of the Year winner.

View the monthly winners!

Event of the Year

The July through April Event of the Month awardees are finalists for the Event of the Year. Medical students have the opportunity to submit their top choice for the Event of the Year and the winner is announced at the AMA Annual Meeting.

View the yearly winners!