AMSA – American Medical Student Association


Co-Presidents James Fleming & Colin Hinkamp
Treasurer Jayike Nwokolo

Welcome to AMSA!

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 is AMSA all about?

Medical school will likely be the most difficult life challenge you have faced. 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 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 bring a smile to your face and provide a needed diversion from studying.

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.


HEART Clerkship

The Humanistic Elective in alternative medicine, Activism, and Reflective Transformation, is a 4th clerkship accredited by the University of Florida College of Medicine in Internal Medicine that will provide twenty-five (25) 4th year medical students demonstrating an aptitude and interest in complementary and alternative medicine (CAM), social justice and activism, intentional community building, humanism, and/or personal growth a unique and wonderful way to conclude their medical school career and prepare for residency. For more information please visit the AMSA HEART Webpage.

What is IFMSA? – International Exchanges

The International Federation of Medical Students Association is the body recognized by the WHO as representing the voice of medical students around the world. The principle concept behind the Federation is to exchange people and ideas across different countries. Annually, around 10,000 medical students around the world participate in IFMSA’s exchanges – bilateral, equitable medical student exchanges between different countries.

Are you interested in hosting students at your institution, or participating in an exchange? Find out more:

Future Events


Other Resources

  • Visit AMSA’s award‐winning Website – Link
  • Visit IFMSA Website – Link
  • Facebook Page – Link
  • Follow AMSA on Twitter
  • AMSA’s Official Blog, AMSA On Call