Welcome to AMSA!
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of pre-medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.
Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.
How is AMSA Different?
When you join AMSA, you become part of a vital force of future physicians who believe that patients and health professionals are partners in the management of health care 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.
The AMSA Mission
Getting into medical school will likely be the most difficult life challenge you have faced thus far. From the rigorous studying to the pressure of fulfilling your roles as student, family member and friend, you need all the help you can get to succeed. AMSA is committed to improving the lives of pre-medical students like you, in big ways and small. Our benefits will make your life just a little easier, and our magazine, The New Physician, will give you the information you need to enrich your medical training and launch your career as a physician.
AMSA is about more than just improving medical student lives. We live in the richest country in the world, yet many have no health insurance. Research shows that health disparities are rampant in America. AMSA’s role in these issues is extremely important, because our strength is giving power to medical students to take action and create change about issues that they care about. It’s the presence of visionary medical students and our energy that makes AMSA such a powerful organization.