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Medical Student Section Recruitment and Engagement Opportunities

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Organize a recruitment, education, community service or National Service Project event that can be funded by a Section Involvement Grant (SIG) from the AMA.

Review the information on this page for requirements for receiving grants, how to get your faculty and state or county medical society involved, and guidelines on attracting the local media to advertise your event.

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Section Involvement Grant Program Overview

Section Involvement Grants (SIGs) of up to $1000 per academic year are available to local AMA medical student sections to:

  • Recruit and educate nonmember students about an AMA membership and offer opportunities for students to get involved.
  • Organize community service and education events designed to strengthen their local section and further AMA policy.

Step 1: Review the Section Involvement Grants Categories

SIGs are categorized into 4 main event types:

  • Recruitment Events
    Educate your fellow medical students about the importance of AMA membership and opportunities for medical students within the AMA Medical Student Section. Recruitment events are most beneficial at the beginning of the school year. At these events, AMA information is presented and AMA members from your local section share how the AMA contributes to their medical school experiences and professional growth. Event examples include socials, barbecues, lunch and learns about member benefits and member bring a nonmember activities.
  • Education/Local Section Development Events
    Focus on events that help develop local sections and their members through education sessions, workshops, retreats and lunchtime seminars. Please note that resolution writing is an item of business at a local school's section meeting and does not fall under the criteria for a SIG funded event.
  • Community Service Events
    Plan an event that addresses topics relevant to public health, medical education, medical practice, patient safety, community outreach and more. Local sections are strongly encouraged to use the grants as "seed money" to support a project that has start-up costs, but can then be maintained for little or no money. Examples of projects in this area include: starting a music library at a local hospital that is periodically staffed by members; organizing a workshop to train students on vision screenings so that they can do them in the community throughout the year or purchasing blood pressure cuffs for use in hypertension screenings.

Step 2: Apply for a Section Involvement Grant

  1. Complete the online Section Involvement Grants application at least 30 days before the scheduled event. You must have an active AMA medical student membership to apply. Join or renew your membership.
  2. Please be sure that preparation of this application is coordinated with your officers and recruiter. All local sections receiving SIG funding must complete a SIG recap form within 30 days of the event. Be sure to review the conditions before completing an application. If you have any questions, please contact Adam Currier at [email protected].

Funding is not guaranteed and each event will be evaluated on an individual basis.

Step 3: Submit a Section Involvement Grant Recap

As a requirement to receive Section Involvement Grants, a local section must submit a recap form within 30 days of the event. Additional grant applications will not be approved without a recap form submitted for the previous grant.

The information you provide is solely for the AMA's internal use and will not be reused or sold for any commercial purposes without your permission.

Conditions for Receiving a Section Involvement Grant

All local section projects, while funded by the Medical Student Section of the American Medical Association, shall be administered and controlled by the local section. The local section shall retain ownership of the project, and its name must be on all publicity and promotional materials (e.g., The AMA Medical Student Section at the University of _____).

No program  materials or participants shall suggest or imply that the project is administered or endorsed by the American Medical Association (“AMA”), including the Medical Student Section, or that the local section or participants are acting as agents of the AMA, including the Medical Student Section. Any other and/or additional use of the AMA name or logo by the local section must be reviewed and approved in advance and in writing by the AMA.

Section Involvement Grant-funded events must be consistent with AMA policies, including policies that prohibit discrimination of any sort. AMA will not provide funding for certain types of activities or costs such as, but not limited to: travel costs (including reimbursement for gasoline, hotels, airline, rental cars), alcoholic beverages, events at bars, door prizes/raffles, guest speakers, T-shirts, community projects that require blood draws or shots, etc.

Get Your Faculty and State or County Medical Society Involved

Your school and your state/county medical society can be great sources of ideas and support for medical student projects. Students are strongly encouraged to share SIG event information with medical school staff and faculty, as well as with state/county medical society staff who work with medical students. If you are unsure of who to contact at your medical school or state/county medical society, please email the MSS at [email protected].

The section involvement grants are not the only ways to make a difference. The Medical Student Section also encourages involvement with the National Service Project (NSP).

National Service Project

The MSS selects a National Service Project theme to focus on community service initiatives. The theme for this year is combating and reversing the opioid epidemic.

Taking Steps to End the Opioid Epidemic

Medical student efforts will focus on helping end the stigma, enhance education and training, and encourage safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications.

Get Involved in the National Service Project

Thousands of medical students at medical schools across the country have dedicated countless hours to organizing and implementing hundreds of NSP themed events in their communities. Now it's your turn!

Each local section is encouraged to organize at least 1 National Service Project themed event each academic year.

The MSS Community Service Project Book has some ideas to get you started.

Contact [email protected] for questions on how to get involved or if you have any additional questions.

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