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Minority Affairs Section (MAS)

About Us

The American Medical Association Minority Affairs Section (AMA-MAS) membership is composed of physicians and medical students dedicated to addressing the issues and concerns of underrepresented minority (URM) physicians and improving the health of minority populations. We provide a national forum for advocacy on minority health issues and professional concerns of minority physicians and medical students. Membership in the AMA-MAS is free for AMA members, as well as non-AMA physicians and students.  All physicians, medical students and allies are welcome. 

Call for Nominees:  MAS Governing Council

The AMA Minority Affairs Section Governing Council (MAS GC) seeks candidates for the following expiring positions:

At-Large Positions

  • At-large position (Incumbent is not eligible for reappointment.)
  • At-large position (incumbent is eligible for reappointment.)

NOTE:  Medical students are not eligible for at-large positions. 

Organization / Section Representatives

NOTE:  The MSS, RFS, and NMA representative positions will be administered through those respective organizations. Interested candidates should contact the respective entities by January 31, 2016.

GC Member Requirements

MAS GC members are expected to attend 3 council meetings per year and carry out responsibilities as agreed to by the council, including, but not limited to:

  • Attend 3 in-person meetings (including annual and interim meetings)
  • Participate in monthly teleconferences
  • Present periodic reports on MAS activities to and from their sponsoring section (e.g., RFS, MSS, YPS) or organization (e.g., NHMA, NMA, AAIP)
  • Implementing/participating in MAS projects (e.g., local Doctors-Back-To-School events)
  • Serving on Minority Scholars Award selection committee

GC members will be reimbursed by the AMA for related travel and other GC-related expenses. The one-year term will begin after the Annual Meeting in June 2016, however, the newly-appointed GC members should plan to attend the June GC meeting held during the MAS Annual Meeting in Chicago. You must be a current AMA member at the time your application is submitted.

Submitting Nominations

All GC nominees must submit the following 3 items:

Nomination materials should be submitted as attachments in one email to mas@ama-assn.org by February 22, 2016. The biosketch form and photo will be posted along with the MAS GC election ballot for public viewing when MAS members are invited to vote on your candidacy. If you have any questions, please contact Craig Johnson or call (312) 464-4335.

Physician workforce diversity

AMA Minority Scholars Awards

  • Awards $10,000 scholarships annually in conjunction with the AMA Foundation and Pfizer, Inc.
  • Awards $5,000 to one outstanding African-American medical student interested in cardiology
  • Since the program's inception in 1994, over 123 first- and second-year students have been awarded more than $1 million
  • To learn more about scholarship eligibility, past recipients, and how your donation can help to alleviate debt for URM medical students, visit the AMA Foundation's Minority Scholars Award web page.

Doctors Back To School™

The Doctors Back to School™ program was developed by the AMA-MAS as a diversity pipeline initiative to inspire the next generation of underrepresented minority physicians by connecting underrepresented minority physicians with minority youth in classrooms and school assemblies around the nation.  Since its inception in 1994, tens of thousands of youth have been engaged through this educational program.

Policy and advocacy

The AMA has developed numerous policies on minority physician and minority health issues. In addition, the AMA provides resources and advocacy on a variety of issues including culturally effective health care, increasing the numbers of minority physicians, and working toward the elimination of health disparities.

AMA-MAS aims to be the voice of URM physicians, students and those caring for minority patients.  To influence AMA policy that affects these constituents, as well as minority patient populations, the AMA-MAS holds its national meetings in conjunction with other AMA member groups and sections and the House of Delegates.


  • Association of American Indian Physicians
  • National Hispanic Medical Association
  • National Medical Association
  • National Minority Quality Forum

In addition, AMA-MAS exhibits at the annual conferences of the organizations listed above, as well as those of the Latino Medical Student Association and the Student National Medical Association.

News, Trends, Resources

Members are automatically added to the AMA-MAS listserv to receive periodic emails about current events and policy updates relevant to underrepresented minority medical professionals.  MAS members also have access to many AMA resources, including:

AMA Wire

JAMA Network

AMA Strategic Focus Areas

Get involved

Contact AMA-MAS by calling (312) 464-4335 or send an email to mas@ama-assn.org.

Member highlights

Donald Warne, MD, MPH, is the Association of American Indian Physicians representative on the MAS Governing Council. Dr. Warne’s Tedx presentation blends modern health issues with traditional Lakota philosophy and promotes cultural humility in human relations. Dr. Warne chairs the department of public health and serves as the Mary J. Berg Distinguished Professor of Women’s Health in the College of Health Professions at North Dakota State University.