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Medical Student Section (MSS) Leader Resources

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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.

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.

Find resources compiled by the MSS to help build and grow your own section.

Please contact the MSS at [email protected] with any questions or suggestions to improve these resources for other medical students.

New Section Resources 

To learn how to get your section involved at your school, in your community, and in organized medicine. 

Satellite Campus Section Representation

Be sure to take the necessary steps to ensure your satellite campus section of the Medical Student Section has representation at MSS meetings.

You must submit a written request (by mail, email, or fax) to the MSS Governing Council and Department of Medical Student Services confirming that the satellite campus does in fact meet the requirements for representation at MSS meetings. Your request must be submitted at least 90 days prior to the meeting at which you wish to seat representatives.  

Criteria for Representation:

  • 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. (AMA Bylaw
  • The AMA medical student members of a school 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. (AMA Bylaw
  • 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 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. (AMA Bylaw

Review the MSS Internal Operating Procedures on these criteria for representation or contact Haley Guion, MSS policy analyst at [email protected].

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