The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) at The University of Houston is a pre-medical honors student organization that seeks to give its entire chapter any and all opportunities a pre-medical student needs when aiming to become a physician.
Since its inception in 2008, UH-AMSA has played a critical and essential role on campus in providing pre-medical students with the resources, opportunities, and support that is fundamental to pursuing a career in medicine. To be more specific, we coordinate and provide our chapter with community service outreach involvement, networking experiences, shadowing opportunities, MCAT course auctions, professional lectures, health fairs, professional education and development workshops, organization meetings, opportunities for medical missions, an end of year awards ceremony, opportunity to lead in a organization, and an opportunity to grow as a leader through improving leadership skills and professionalism needed in the healthcare industry. Although we do all this, and more, our main priority is still–and always will be–to get you prepared for the application process of getting into medical school.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of 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 from other organizations? 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.
What Are We All About?
We are the physicians of tomorrow. AMSA is where you build your professional network. It is your home, community and support through medical school. AMSA Members are the most talented, intelligent and passionate future physicians, the highest achieving residents and the most respected doctors.
AMSA is where you have a voice. With AMSA you can take action now on important issues ranging from student debt relief, patient safety and healthcare reform, diversity, AIDS awareness, global health initiatives, medical professionalism and much more!
AMSA National is where you focus on your interests. What’s your specialty? Is it Pediatrics or Orthopedics? Surgery or Internal Medicine? LGBT issues or Health Policy? AMSA National Members have diverse and broad interests. Just like you.
AMSA is where you learn. Through AMSA, you can attend thought-provoking seminars, institutes and national conferences covering topics you won’t find in a traditional medical school curriculum.
AMSA is where you build your resume. You will have the opportunity to present your original research, author an article, write a blog post, be interviewed for a podcast or lead a peer seminar. This is where you are a leader.
AMSA UH is where you can lead now. With AMSA you don’t have to wait for your degree, you can lead now. From local or grassroots positions to national roles, AMSA Membership is viewed favorably by admissions committees and future residency programs.
Local Chapter’s Focus This Year:
Historically each year our president chooses to focus on the direction of the chapter for the good of it’s members and future years of the chapter. It is initially made in their election speech, planned in the summer and brought to fruition by the beginning of Fall.
The previous year’s focus was f’AMSAly and offering opportunities to introduce volunteerism, pre-application workshops to as many students as possible, and social events.
This year’s focus is on personal and community development through philanthropic efforts in medical & health missions and in addition to the pre-application workshops, new workshops and events that foster growth in our field, which allows our entire chapter to pursue their goals more readily. We will be fostering Health & Wellness through our new Web-Journal. We will be both initiating a 1st Annual Pre-med & Pre-health Fair to all campus students interested, as well as a political effort that fosters the quality of the future of the healthcare industry for patients and physicians. As a bonus we have added more social and wellness events that engage us with like minded goal oriented individuals.
The AMSA Brochure is a great way to receive introductory information about AMSA and how to join it! Be sure to check it out!