American Medical Student’s Association (AMSA)
You may have heard of the American Medical Association (AMA). Don’t get confused — AMSA (American Medical STUDENT’S Association) is different! Although both have legislative bodies, national conferences, and local chapters, the main difference is that AMSA is run by medical students, FOR medical students. Being in AMA doesn’t exclude you from AMSA, and vice versa. Nationally, AMSA allows you to be involved in high-up leadership positions not accessible to students through AMA. At Wash U, AMSA coordinates interest weeks, such as those for primary care and complementary/ alternative medicine. With AMSA, you can help plan events, attend national conferences, and run for national leadership positions. You have a voice, and we encourage you to use it!
— Vanessa K., M2