The MSS has many levels of leadership spanning the local, state, and national levels. The leadership of the MSS carries out a wide range of activities in order to represent medical students and address their concerns. Each leadership role provides a vital service to the MSS enabling us to more effectively accomplish our Section's goals. We encourage you to get involved and apply for these positions.
The AMA-MSS activities are overseen by an 8-member Governing Council (GC) that is elected by the MSS Assembly at each Annual Meeting (except for the Chair-Elect who is elected at the Interim Meeting). The GC is responsible for appointing the remainder of the MSS leadership, carrying out policies and actions items adopted by the Assembly, and directing the MSS agenda and strategies. The contact information and responsibilities of the current GC are available on the Governing Council site.
The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellowship (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection of organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policymaking. One fellow is selected each spring to work in Washington, D.C., as a full-time, paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for one year. Learn more about the GRAF.
One of the MSS' most powerful advocacy tools is our right to appoint student members to the AMA Councils and external governing bodies. These students are appointed annually by the GC based on an application process, and typically serve as the sole student voice on a committee of physicians.
The GC also appoints a number of Standing and Ad-Hoc Committees comprised entirely of medical students. There is a committee for essentially every area in which the MSS makes policy or carries out action. A complete list of the committees and their activities is available on the Committees site.
In addition to the national MSS and its leadership, there are seven geographic Regions composed of individual states. Each Region has a Chair (and some a Vice Chair), who serves as the main contact for each state that falls in that Region. The MSS developed a Region Chair's Guide, which provides information on the role and responsibilities of this position.
Most states have a Medical Student Section within the state medical society, with its own leadership. Each state has a Chair who coordinate activities for all schools in that state. The states in each region hold meetings at the Annual and Interim Meetings of the AMA-MSS, as well as their own regional meeting. At these meetings, they elect their regional leadership. A list of the Regions, including the leadership and meeting times is on the Regions site.
Ultimately, the strongest part of the MSS is our involvement at the individual medical school level. Each school is structured differently, but most have a president who oversees the AMA activities at their school.
We encourage you to get involved and apply for these positions!