AMA-MSS Standing Committees
Each year, the AMA-MSS Governing Council appoints AMA medical student members to serve on its Standing Committees. These Committees support the GC in a number of ways, with responsibilities varying between Committees.
- Applications are due January 18, 2016.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Bioethics and Humanities (CBH) is responsible for facilitating student discussion on interesting and relevant topics in medical ethics and to heighten awareness of all the opportunities the AMA Ethics Standards Group has to offer students. CBH also works to facilitate discussion of ethical issues on MSS listservs as well as promote an online version of the AMA's monthly bioethics journal, AMA Journal of Ethics.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Economics in Medicine (CEQM) is responsible for studying economic aspects of practicing medicine as they apply to medical students and educating AMA-MSS members about issues on the business side of medicine through production of related issue briefs, reviewing relevant resolutions, developing programming for national meetings, and facilitating discussion of economic and quality issues in medicine.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Global and Public Health (CGPH) is responsible for reviewing current global and domestic public health issues in the literature, educating the MSS on public health topics, particularly on how public health projects can be implemented at MSS members’ institutions, organize and establish the AMA-MSS as a leader in public health, and more actively involve the MSS membership in public health initiatives.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Legislation and Advocacy (COLA) is responsible for creating and maintaining a network of MSS chapters to accomplish grassroots political action. COLA advances key student issues through a coordinated campaign at each national meeting as well as providing strategy, sample letters, talking points, and additional information and resources to fuel grassroots campaigns for specific MSS priority issues. This committee works with the MSS Governing Council on accomplishing specific MSS advocacy goals, both global and domestic. The COLA will also utilize its grassroots network to distribute materials on legislative issues.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Long Range Planning (COLRP) is responsible for studying issues referred by the MSS Governing Council that relate to the future of the MSS, such as structure, function, and strategic planning. In performing this function, COLRP will serve as a repository for MSS data and work products.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Medical Education (CME) is responsible for medical education issues, including resident work hours, the clinical skills assessment exam, and medical education debt. Works closely with the AMA medical students appointed to the Council on Medical Education, LCME, NBME, and NRMP, in order to remain informed on the AMA’s stance on various educational issues.
The AMA-MSS Committee on Scientific Issues (CSI) is responsible for educating the MSS on scientific issues through the development of issue briefs, programs, and resources on scientific topics and health policy issues. CSI serves as an informational resource to the MSS Assembly on resolutions of scientific interest. The committee also promotes medical student research by offering students the opportunity to present their research findings at yearly poster symposium.
The AMA-MSS Membership and Recruitment Committee (MRC) is responsible for coordinating recruitment efforts between national, region, state and chapter levels of involvement while striving to find ways to further the value of AMA membership to medical students, with a particular focus on individual chapter development. MRC provides ideas for recruitment programming and strategies; assists in development and implementation strategies for increased recruitment and retention into residency; works with the AMA-MSS Outreach Program to develop recruitment projects and presentations (both portable and for national meetings). Communication skills, creativity, and familiarity with AMA-MSS recruitment initiatives are helpful for MRC activities.
The AMA-MSS Communication and Engagement Committee (CEC) is responsible for integrating and directing social media efforts for the AMA-MSS in conjunction with MSS leadership and staff and working towards engagement the MSS’s broad membership through continual outreach. Each committee member will serve as a direct and integral liaison to one of the other MSS Standing Committees, reporting back to CEC on ongoing projects and initiatives of interest to MSS members. CEC will use this information, along with updates from all levels of the MSS, to create and disseminate comprehensive, yet concise summaries of MSS and AMA activities to empower students with actionable information so they can easily stay informed, involved, and an integral part of AMA's solutions at the local, state, regional, national levels. These communications will be distributed via Social Media, monthly ‘MSS Update’ emails, and other two-way communications. CEC will also work with leaders at all levels of the MSS and with the AMA-MSS Staff to develop and refine chapter resources that will empower grassroots chapter activities. Social Media skills (especially Facebook), creativity, communication skills, and familiarity with various electronic information modalities are highly valuable for CEC activities.
The AMA-MSS Health Information Technology Task Force is a new group that will undertake the task of researching and producing a report on what gaps exist in current AMA-MSS policy on topics such as electronic medical records, medical data standards, telemedicine, and other health information topics. Confident in the belief that medical students bring a unique and generational perspective, HITTF will seek out and identify opportunities for the AMA-MSS to contribute the development and implementation of HIT modalities and guidelines that will have a profound impact upon the way we interact with and care for our future patients.
The AMA-MSS HOD Coordination Committee (HCC) is both a full time standing committee that works throughout the year and a convention committee that is active for only one AMA-MSS national meeting. HCC supports the MSS Delegate and Alternate Delegate, as well as student members of their state delegations, in forming a common and well-informed position on resolutions and reports presented to the AMA House of Delegates. HCC is also responsible for helping to write and coordinate AMA-MSS testimony for all student-authored resolutions.
The AMA-MSS Minority Issues Committee (MIC) assists the AMA-MSS in addressing issues of concern to minority populations through policy development, health education and service. MIC also works to identify minority student needs and increase membership awareness and knowledge of minority issues.
The AMA-MSS Community Service Committee (CSC) is responsible for the development, promotion, and implementation of community service programs on the local, state, and national levels. CSC develops informational reports, programs, and resources to assist chapter and state officers in the organization and implementation of community service projects. This committee will work with the MSS At-Large Officer to coordinate a successful National Service Project at the MSS Interim and Annual Meetings.