About the AMA
The AMA Medical Student Section is one of the largest and most influential organizations of medical students in the country and one of the most active groups on the UMMS campus. When you join the University of Michigan chapter of the AMA, you also become a part of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Washtenaw County Medical Society. Medical students are welcome to get involved at any level.
On the chapter level, students can get involved by serving on the executive board or on a committee, and by attending meetings, community service events, and lunch talks planned by the chapter. Additionally, students can write resolutions to add or alter AMA and Michigan State Medical Society policy.
Students can attend two national conferences and one state conference, all three largely subsidized by our chapter and local and state medical societies, as well as a state and national Lobby Day (see relevant sections below for more information).
The Washtenaw County Medical Society holds four general session meetings - with invited speakers and dinner - each year and pays for five student members to attend. General sessions are an excellent opportunity to meet local physicians. The external vice president serves as the student liaison to the Washtenaw County Medical Society and attends monthly executive council meetings.
UMMS sends five representatives (M1 delegates) to the Michigan State Medical Society House of Delegates Meeting each May. The students vote on hundreds of physician and student resolutions submitted to the House of Delegates.Students can be elected to the MSMS Medical Student Section governing council, which coordinates activities among the Michigan schools, or work on state MSS committees. Each school also sends a representative to the governing council, headed by an elected state chair.
The Michigan State Medical Society plans a number of conferences each year that students can attend, including a Bioethics Conference and Annual Scientific Meeting in October.
Regional / National Involvement
Michigan, along with four other states, is part of AMA Medical Student Section Region V. Students can hold regional positions or get involved in regional committees. There are seven Regions across the United States that form the AMA Medical Student Section, led by the Governing Council, also made of students. The Governing Council reports to the AMA House of Delegates, the national AMA body which has delegates from specialty societies, state societies, medical student and resident sections, and others. The Governing Council also oversees appointed student standing committees that tackle a wide-range of issues, including public health, bioethics, and health policy.
The chapter's National Delegate votes for or against resolutions on behalf of the University of Michigan Medical School at the AMA Interim Meeting (November) and AMA Annual Meeting (June, Chicago). Members are encouraged to attend the national conferences to experience how resolutions are passed, and to take advantage of educational sessions and networking opportunities.
Students can serve as representatives to AMA Councils, which are primarily composed of physicians, and to the national AMA Board. AMA and AMA-MSS also offer internships and scholarships for students.
The UMMS AMA chapter was named the AMA-MSS Chapter of the Year in 2010. Our chapter was also featured as Chapter of the Month in the Feb. 2011 AMA-MSS Inform newsletter.