Medical Students

Government Relations Advocacy Fellow

The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellow (GRAF) has the opportunity to be a full-time paid member of the AMA's federal advocacy team for 1 year. The position is based in Washington, D.C., and requires that the student take off 1 year from medical school. The fellow reports to the AMA's Director of the Division of Legislative Counsel and the director of the Medical Student Section.

Apply now for 2019-2020 term. Applications are due Feb. 2, 2019 at 1:59 a.m. Central Time. 

GRAF responsibilities

A key goal of the fellowship is to educate medical student, resident and young physician AMA members about issues in public health and health policy in order to encourage activism and leadership in local communities. Examples of duties and assignments for the Fellow include:

  • Research and analyze current issues in health and medical education policy.
  • Travel to medical schools around the U.S. to engage membership and develop leaders.
  • Attend briefings and networking events both alone and alongside AMA staff to represent the organization.
  • Plan and organize the annual Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference in Washington, D.C.
  • Work closely with other MSS committees on national campaigns, such as SaveGME Week.
  • Meet and work with leaders in health care policy and advocacy to implement the AMA's action plan on key issues.
  • Speak to medical students and resident physicians to inform them about public health and policy issues.
  • Help the MSS develop and communicate its policy agenda.
  • Provide regular legislative updates to MSS leadership and the MSS assembly.
  • Develop talking points, letters, educational presentations and other advocacy documents.

Meet the current GRAF

After completing 2 years of medical school at Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine, Blake Elizabeth Murphy is serving as GRAF in Washington, D.C. Blake first joined the AMA in early 2017, attending the Medical Student Advocacy and Region Conference (MARC) in D.C. This formative experience ignited her interest in health care policy and patient advocacy. Blake hopes to pursue a career in general surgery upon return to medical school while working to tackle health disparities that exist in large cities such as her hometown of Chicago.

As GRAF, Blake plans to learn as much as possible about the legislative process, advocacy infrastructure and political realities that drive AMA policy. She looks forward to sharing this experience with her medical school contemporaries, promoting engagement in medicine and medical student advocacy as part of the AMA’s Succeeding In Medical School (SIMS) program and organizing a successful National Advocacy Week and 2019 MARC.

Outside of work, Blake loves exploring the D.C. restaurant scene, travel and getting in a good sweat between the Maryland blue crab boils. Contact your current GRAF, Blake Murphy, at [email protected] for more information.

Previous GRAFs

William Estes, 2017-2018
Texas A&M College of Medicine

Christopher Clifford, 2016-2017
University of Nevada School of Medicine

Alicia Smith, 2015–2016
University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine

Taylor DesRosiers, 2014–2015
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

William Pearce, 2013–2014
University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine

John Corker, 2012–2013
Wright State University Boonshoft School of Medicine, Emergency Medicine

Abby Daniel, 2011–2012
University of South Carolina School of Medicine

Nick Rohrhoff, 2010–2011
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

T.R. Eckler, 2009–2010
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Emergency Medicine

Patrick Woodard, 2008–2009
University of Nevada School of Medicine, Internal Medicine

Kunal Mitra, 2007–2008
Duke University School of Medicine, Pediatrics

Peter Ragusa, 2006–2007
University of Minnesota Medical School, Emergency Medicine

Heather Smith, 2005–2006
University of Massachusetts Medical School, OB/GYN

Steven Burdine, 2004–2005
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine, Family Medicine/Primary Care Sports Medicine