HOWDY AGS! Welcome to the American Medical Student Association!
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with nearly a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950 to provide medical student a chance to participate in organized medicine, AMSA began under the auspices of the American Medical Association. Starting in 1960, the association refocused its energies on the problems of the medically underserved, inequities in our health-care system and related issues in medical education. Since 1968, AMSA has been a fully independent student organization.
Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concern of physicians-in-training. With a membership of nearly 30,000 medical students, pre-medical students, interns and residents from a cross the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.
When you join AMSA, you become part of a vital force of future physicians who believe that health professionals and patients are partners in the management and maintenance of health, and that access to high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege. At AMSA, activism is a way of life. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.
Our purpose is to educate the premedical undergraduate student about current issues in medicine, to provide the student with opportunities to develop a world perspective, and gain valuable experience through serving those truly in need in our community.