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About the Minority Affairs Section (MAS)

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The American Medical Association Minority Affairs Section (MAS) addresses the issues and concerns of underrepresented minority physicians and improving the health of minority populations.

The MAS provides a national forum for advocacy on minority health issues and professional concerns of minority physicians and medical students.

Membership in the Minority Affairs Section is free for all physicians, medical students and allies, including AMA members and nonmembers.

Join the MAS

Underrepresented in Medicine (formerly the Minority Scholars Award)

The Underrepresented in Medicine award is for African American, Latino/Hispanic, or Native Americans/ Native Hawaiians/Alaska Natives scholars who demonstrate a dedication to serving vulnerable or underserved populations.

Help inspire the next generation of physicians in your community by participating in the Doctors Back to School™ program. Find the details and learn how get involved.

Minority Affairs Section Governing Council

The MAS Governing Council has the following open positions:

  • Delegate to the AMA House of Delegates
  • AMA Medical Student Section representative
  • AMA Young Physicians Section representative
  • Association of American Indian Physicians representative
  • National Hispanic Medical Association representative

Apply directly through the AMA-MAS by submitting a completed AMA nomination form (DOC) along with their executive curricula vitae (CV), not to exceed 3 pages. Submit nomination materials by Feb. 8, 2017 to [email protected].  

There will not be an election for either of the at-large representative seats in 2017. The next at-large position (a 3-year term) will be up for election again in 2019. All other representative positions are administered through their respective sections and organizations. Interested candidates should contact the respective entities by Jan. 1, 2017. For questions, please email Craig Johnson at [email protected] or call (312) 464-4335. 

Meet the Governing Council.

Minority Affairs Section Collaboration With Other Medical Associations

The MAS also maintains an ongoing relationship with national ethnic medical associations through the 3 liaison positions reserved for the National Hispanic Medical Association, the National Medical Association and the Association of American Indian Physicians.

Minority Affairs Section Policy and Advocacy

The AMA has developed numerous policies on minority physician and minority health issues.

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