Medical Students

Medical Student Section recruitment and engagement opportunities

Recruiting incoming medical students and keeping second through fourth year medical students engaged is a dynamic process and involves multiple touchpoints, both during orientation and throughout the academic year.

To help support these efforts the AMA offers up to $1,000 in total grant funding throughout the school year as a resource to build a strong local AMA section.

Recruitment grant

A medical student recruitment grant supports innovative efforts of a local AMA medical student section to recruit incoming medical students as AMA members. Plan activities to promote the importance of an AMA membership, member incentives and benefits, and leadership opportunities within the AMA. Recruitment events are most effective July through September.

Eligibility requirements: Applications for recruitment grant funding must come from an active medical student outreach leader/recruiter. For an application, email us at [email protected]

Funding: Funding is not guaranteed; each event will be evaluated on an individual basis. The strength of your medical school AMA student membership will be taken into consideration, in addition to the criteria of the event or project.

Engagement grant

A medical student engagement grant is intended to serve as "seed funding" to energize, empower and support a local AMA medical student section with an event or project.

Organize a community service or education event/project that addresses topics relevant to public health, medical education, medical practice, patient safety or community outreach. Grant funding can be used for event related expenses (food, venue costs, etc.), but cannot be requested for the purchase of health care supplies or other supplies that can be obtained via donations.

Eligibility requirements: You must have an active local AMA medical school section affiliated with the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS), the grant funding request must be made by a student member of your AMA medical student section leadership, and you must have at least 20% AMA membership from your M1 class. For an application, email us at [email protected]

Funding: The stronger the AMA membership among medical students at your school, the more grant funding you are eligible for throughout the academic year.

  • $250 = 20-30% M1 membership in current academic year
  • $500 = 31-50% M1 membership in current academic year
  • $750 = 51-80% M1 membership in current academic year
  • $1,000 = 81%+ M1 membership in current academic year

Funding is not guaranteed, and each event will be evaluated on an individual basis; your medical school AMA student membership will be taken into consideration, in addition to the criteria of the event or project.