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Membership Services

Why Join the AMA Medical Student Section?
As the medical profession's authority in professional standards, ethics, and health care policy, the strength of the AMA comes from its hundreds of thousands of physician and medical student members. Your participation is critical to the collective voice of our membership.

Join the AMA or renew your membership today!

As an advocate for medical students, the AMA:

  • Advocates on behalf of medical students on such issues as student debt, health care access, clinical skills assessment exam, resident work conditions, and funding Graduate Medical Education.
  • Ensures that medical students are represented in the AMA through their own democratic, policy-making body: the AMA-Medical Student Section (MSS) Assembly.
  • Supports your AMA-MSS sections at each medical school through resources such as the MSS Outreach Program, which gives money back to your school's section, and the Idea Book.
  • Provides scholarships and financial assistance to medical schools and aspiring physicians through the AMA Foundation.
  • Supports local activism and community service by offering Section Involvement Grants - cash grants for your local projects such as healthy lifestyles, tobacco, organ donation, SCHIP, AIDS education programs, minority student mentoring, and many more.
  • Provides representation in the House of Delegates and direct involvement via voting participation at all levels of the AMA, including its Board of Trustees.
  • Develops future physician leaders by offering a wide range of leadership opportunities and promoting medical student involvement at the local, state, and national levels.
  • Provides students the opportunity to experience political and legislative health care issues in Washington, DC through the Government Relations Internship Program and the Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship.
  • Supports networking for medical students through annual sponsorship of AMA-MSS Regional Meetings, MSS Advocacy Day, and the national Annual and Interim Meetings of the MSS.

The AMA directly contributes to your medical education:

  • Donates more than $1.5 million dollars annually in direct support of medical education through the AMA Foundation.
  • Serves an oversight role in the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) - the body responsible for administering your Board exams and licensing. AMA-MSS member students are appointed to the NBME Board annually, which gives them a voice in the clinical skills assessment exam issue, among others.
  • Serves an oversight role in the National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) - the body that coordinates your match into a residency training program. An AMA-MSS member student is appointed to the NRMP Board for a one-year term.
  • Serves as the premier data source for residency training programs and maintains the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access (FREIDA) Online.
  • Publishes JAMA, American Medical News, 10 specialty journals, diagnostic and treatment guidelines, and numerous professional books.

The AMA sets the standards for the medical profession:

The AMA is committed to improving public health:

The AMA is the only organization that will remain your advocate throughout your career...begin your involvement now! Join the AMA or renew your membership today.

Call (800) AMA-3211 or visit the AMA Member Center for membership information.