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MSS resources for section leaders

The strength of the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) lies in its local presence at more than 200 allopathic and osteopathic medical school campuses across the country.

In addition to providing a local face for the AMA, these sections and their dedicated members serve as the basic units for community service activities, grassroots advocacy on issues important to medical students and physicians, medical student representation in the AMA policy-making process, and AMA membership recruitment and retention.

In order to help you build and improve your section, the AMA-MSS has gathered a variety of helpful resources, which you can access by clicking the links below. 

Please contact the AMA-MSS with any questions or with suggestions to improve these resources for other medical students. To join the AMA-MSS Announcements Listserv, please email us.

Starting a new section at your school

For more information on establishing an AMA medical student section at your school, review the Starting a New Section Guidebook.

Register your 2016-2017 new section president
New section representation requests (Satellite Campuses Only)

In order for new satellite campuses to be recognized as a satellite campus and gain representation at AMA-MSS Assembly Meetings, you must submit a written request (post, email, or fax) to the AMA-MSS Governing Council and Department of Medical Student Services confirming that the satellite campus does in fact meet the requirements for representation. The AMA Bylaws provide for representation to the AMA-MSS Assembly Meeting as stated below:

B-7.331 Representatives. The AMA medical student members of each program accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education or the American Osteopathic Association may select one voting member and one alternate member who must be medical student members of the AMA.

B-7.332 Medical School Campus. The AMA medical student members of a school as defined in 7.331 that has more than one campus may select a voting member and an alternate from each campus. The members selected must be medical student members of the AMA and shall be properly certified to the Governing Council of the Medical Student Section. A separate campus is defined as a separate facility in a city other than where the main campus is located, and where part of the medical school student body is assigned for some portion of their instruction over a period of time not less than an academic year.

B-7.3321 Request to seat a voting representative from a campus other than the main campus of the school must be submitted to the Medical Student Section at least ninety (90) days in advance of the first meeting at which the representative will be seated. The Governing Council of the Medical Student Section shall establish appropriate rules for credentialing all representatives.

As noted above, your request must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the meeting at which you wish to seat representatives. For representation at the 2015 Interim meeting in Atlanta, the deadline (August 14, 2015) has passed.

Involvement Opportunites

For information and ideas on getting your section involved at your school, in your community, and in organized medicine, visit the Involvement Opportunities page.