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Medical student leadership opportunities

Whether at a local or national level, the AMA is your ally in providing you with opportunities to develop your leadership skills and advocate for patients and the profession.

Leadership roles in AMA organizations

AMA Board of Trustees—student member

The Board of Trustees guides the activities of the AMA and ensures that the AMA remains focused on its essential reason for being: to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in September 2019.

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AMA Foundation Board—student member

The AMA Foundation (AMAF) is the philanthropic arm of the AMA. The AMAF Board of Directors is composed of at least 13 and no more than 20 members, including a medical student representative.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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AMPAC Board—student member

The American Medical Political Action Committee (AMPAC) supports the AMA’s advocacy agenda by making campaign contributions to medicine-friendly candidates for Congress.

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Contact the Medical Student Section (MSS) at [email protected] for information about position availability and application dates.

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Advisory Committee on LGBTQ Issues—student member

The Advisory Committee on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) Issues provides an advocacy forum for addressing the unique issues of LGBTQ physicians and patients.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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Minority Affairs Section Governing Council—student member

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

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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Women Physicians Section Governing Council—student member

The Women Physicians Section (WPS) furthers issues related to women’s health and works to accelerate the professional progress of women physicians through leadership development, training and advocacy.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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Appointments to AMA Councils—student member 

One of the most powerful advocacy tools the MSS employs is to appoint student members to the AMA Councils.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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Leadership roles in the Medical Student Section (MSS)

MSS Governing Council

The Medical Student Section (MSS) Governing Council directs the programs and activities of the section on a national level.

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Download the 2019 application (DOC, members only), Deadline is May 6, 2019, 1:59 a.m. Central.

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MSS regional delegates

Elected by the MSS regions at each Interim Meeting, medical student regional delegates and alternate delegates represent the interests of medical students in the AMA House of Delegates (HOD).

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Applications for the 2020 term will be available in August 2019.

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MSS standing committees

Appointed annually by the MSS Governing Council, the MSS standing committees support the mission of the MSS by performing various tasks as requested by the governing council.

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Submit your application now (members only). Deadline is June 17, 2019, 1:59 a.m. Central..

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MSS convention committees

Convention committees are small, representative groups that expedite the conduct of business at meetings of the MSS Assembly (each June and November).

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Government Relations Advocacy Fellow

The AMA Government Relations Advocacy Fellow (GRAF) offers medical students a unique opportunity to experience firsthand the intersection between organized medicine and the federal government as it relates to advocacy and policy-making.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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Represent the AMA in external organizations

FDA-AMA elective rotation program

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Professional Affairs and Stakeholder Engagement (PASE) at the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) is offering a 4-week elective rotation for one AMA medical student.

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Contact the MSS at [email protected] for information about position availability and application dates.

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Liaison Committee on Medical Education—student representative

The Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) is the joint Committee of the AMA and the Association of American Medical Colleges that serves as the nationally recognized accrediting agency for U.S. allopathic medical schools.

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Applications for the 2020-2021 term will be available in October 2019.

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National Board of Medical Examiners Advisory Committee

The National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) governs the licensing exams taken by all medical students and physicians.

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Contact the MSS at [email protected] for information about position availability and application dates.

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National Resident Matching Program Board of Directors—student representative

The National Resident Matching Program (NRMP) coordinates the residency match process for applicants and residency programs.

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Contact the MSS at [email protected] for information about position availability and application dates.