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Student National Organizations

The Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM) encourages student participation in national, state and local organizations as well as campus-based student organizations.

The Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) is an organization for medical students developed by the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to facilitate expression of students' views and incorporate students into the governance of the AAMC. Members of OSR serve as student spokespersons to the AAMC, exchanging ideas among students from medical schools across the country. OSR representatives are responsible for becoming informed about student issues and passing these on to the AAMC, OSR Board and SIU-SOM administrators as well as sharing information from AAMC and OSR with the student body. Activities include the annual AAMC meeting; regional OSR meetings; Housing Exchange Network (to provide housing during residency interviews); letter writing campaigns to influence Congress and other federal officials on decisions concerning healthcare and student issues. The OSR recognizes an official and an alternate representative. Students are elected to the position in the sophomore year and represent SIU-SOM at the national and regional meetings in the junior and senior years. Representatives -Tom Selby, Emily Seals

The American Medical Association Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) is the largest organization at SIU-SOM. Elected delegates attend monthly state meetings in Chicago and biannual national meetings. Attendance at these meetings allows delegates to keep the chapter abreast of current legislative issues facing the medical profession. Each fall, the AMA-MSS organizes a Residency Fair at SIU-SOM, featuring residency programs from several states and multiple specialties. The AMA-MSS provides students the opportunity to participate in community service projects such as the AMA 5K Run, AIDS awareness, St. John's Breadline, etc. The AMA-MSS not only provides the opportunity to enjoy and participate in local projects and programs, but also to meet medical students from other schools. Students are eligible for membership in the AMA-MSS by paying dues to the American Medical Association which entitles them to receive a weekly journal, the Journal of the American Medical Association. Membership dues are $68 for a four-year membership. Chair: Amanda Becker

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a national student organization established in 1967 with chapters at most medical schools in the country. It is the only national medical student organization run at every level by medical students themselves, and it provides a unique opportunity for leadership development at local and national levels. AMSA has several goals: to expand the horizons of medical education; to encourage the development of more humanistic and broad-thinking physicians; to serve the local community; and to train advocates and activists on issues of national importance to healthcare delivery. The SIU-SOM chapter also seeks to unify students across both campuses through a wide range of activities, such as workshops and nationally recognized speakers. There are no local dues. National membership dues are $60 for five years (four years of medical school and the first year of residency). Chair: Tim Ade


The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) was established in 1915 to address the unique concerns of women physicians. Today, membership is greater than 13,000 women physicians from all specialties. AMWA is the largest professional organization for women physicians, assisting students throughout their education and then offering continued support in choosing a residency and, eventually, designing a practice and addressing continuing education needs. AMWA is very active in promoting education and research and working toward political change to address issues related to women's health. The SIU-SOM chapter of AMWA is active in events such as roundtable discussions with local female physicians, mentoring and sponsoring guest speakers that address women's health concerns. Members receive a bimonthly scientific journal, the Journal of the American Medical Women's Association, and a bimonthly newsletter. SIU-SOM chapter members have many opportunities to become involved on regional and national levels with medical students throughout the country. Student membership requires a one-time fee of $52.

The National Network of Latin American Medical Students (NNLAMS) at SIU-SOM is dedicated to improving the quality of healthcare in the Latino community. NNLAMS is dedicated to better serve the needs of the medical community through additional education about medical issues affecting the Hispanic population.NNLAMS was founded to represent, support, educate, and unify Latino medical students in the Midwest region of the U.S. Correspondingly, NNLAMS is devoted to maintain a support network for Latino medical students to ensure complete retention.The NNLAMS Chapter at SIU-SOM seeks to provide support for medical students, who have an interest in Latino health issues. In addition, NNLAMS is committed to increasing cultural sensitivity and awareness at SIU-SOM and the greater Springfield area.

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The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the oldest and largest medical student organization dedicated to people of color and underserved communities. Community service is the heart and soul of the SNMA and eliminating disparities in health care delivery, disease morbidity, and disease mortality are among our highest priorities. SNMA community service programs are implemented by local chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation. Our programs are designed to promote healthy living and stress the preventative nature of health care delivery. Committed to increasing the number of culturally capable and sensitive physicians, the SNMA is also dedicated to the academic and clinical success of medical students and premedical students. Through our signature MAPS, HPREP, and YSEP programs SNMA members work with youths from elementary school to college introducing them to science and serving as mentors. In this way, the SNMA strengthens the educational pipeline that leads from elementary school to medical school. The SIU-SOM SNMA chapter is composed of minority students committed to bridging the community with the School of Medicine. SNMA's goal is to address the needs of the whole person - physiological, emotional, spiritual and social components. Goals include medical education, health screenings, school tutorials, liberal arts competitions and participation in community programs that reinforce self-awareness and self-empowerment. Activities include a Black History Month celebration and participation in annual national and regional meetings. Meetings are held once a month. Membership dues are $60 for four years. Chair: Safiya McNeese

 

Last updated September 10, 2012