Elizabeth Inkellis '11, Brett Youngerman '11
The Medical Student Section of the AMA is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership, and promoting actvisim for the health of America. With nearly 50,000 members, it is the largest and most influential organization of medical students in the country.
There are many opportunities to become involved on the local level (Columbia P&S chapter), the county level (NY County Medical Society), the state level (Medical Society of the State of New York Medical Student Section, “MSSNY-MSS”), and the national level (AMA-MSS). At every level, you will have the opportunity to interact with physicians and other medical students across the country.
Each member receives JAMA, AMA News, the News of NY, discounts on textbooks, car rentals, airfares, insurance, and other benefits. Multiple-year memberships receive the AMA Drug Evaluation Guide, an invaluable reference for pharmacology in the classroom and on the wards. The AMA-MSS is extremely supportive (morally and financially) of student projects and promotes attendance at all their conventions.
As an added benefit of membership, the AMA helps provide free housing opportunities throughout the Community Welcoming Program for fourth-year AMA member medical students as they interview for Residency. The program was created to help students cut down on interviewing costs, get to know the community surrounding their potential residency program, and introduce them to the local medical community. This program has been extended to provide housing for students taking the USMLE Step 2 CS. Because of the cost burden this examination puts on students, the AMA is working to alleviate expenses by providing an overnight stay in an AMA member’s house.
Events sponsored by the P&S chapter of AMA this year will include lecture series and debates that focus on pertinent and controversial medical issues, community service projects targeted to combat the increasing incidence of obesity in our society and other social causes, social get-togethers, and more.
We welcome new & old P&S students, so come get involved!