National Medical Organizations SIG

American Medical Association (AMA)

The American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS) consists of over 38,000 students from the 146 accredited US allopathic and osteopathic schools across the country.  The group represents, through student leaders and representatives, the Medical Student portion of the AMA. The AMA-MSS advocates for real issues such as student debt relief, residency work hour restrictions, and anti-tobacco legislation. Not only is the AMA-MSS concerned with issues in today's health care such as tort reform and healthcare for the uninsured, but we also represent the face of the AMA in community and public service, education, and local and national lobbying.

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

AMWA holds 1-2 lunches per month with lectures concerning topics related to several topics supporting the theme of "women and medicine."  These topics are relevant to all future physicians. We not only hold lunches, but also have a successful mentoring program.  AMWA also sells IUSOM shirts for school support and "bug/drug" charts for medical microbiology and pharmacology courses as a student study aid.  Finally, we have an annual fundraiser for our philanthropy supporting organizations such as Girls Inc.


Christian Medical and Dental Association SIG (CMDA SIG)

CMA is part of an international organization for Christian health professionals called the Christian Medical and Dental Association (CMDA). The Indianapolis student chapter provides a Christian perspective and fellowship on our campus through lunch talks, weekly Bible studies, retreats, social activities, and service projects.  Everyone is welcome to attend meetings and activities regardless of your beliefs.  Please look for posters in the Medical Science building or check out the website for the latest information.

Medical Students for Choice SIG (MSFC)

Medical Students for Choice is an internationally known organization with a network of over 10,000 medical students and residents. MSFC is dedicated to ensuring that women receive the full range of reproductive healthcare choices. MSFC recognizes that one of the greatest obstacles to safe and legal abortion is the absence of trained providers. As medical students and residents, we work to make reproductive health care, including abortion, a part of standard medical education and residency training. In addition, IUSM's chapter of Medical Students for Choice will work to promote a respectful and informed dialogue about abortion and reproductive health on our campus through programming, advocacy and partnerships.

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Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The IU chapter of the Student National Medical Association is charged with implementing and developing programs and strategies focused on the concerns of minority medical students and patients.  Our chapter goals include:

  1. Academic support for members
  2. Stronger campus presence by working with the Medical Student Council and other school organizations
  3. Stronger community presence by working at health fairs and more
  4. Stronger relationship with minority residents, faculty and community physicians
  5. Provide a voice for minority medical students with the administration
  6. Facilitate social fellowship among members
  7. Discuss minority health issues
  8. Help keep our colleagues informed of minority health issues

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) - an advocacy branch of Global Health SIG

Universities Allied for Essential Medicines (UAEM) is a student advocacy group with chapters at over twenty-five major research universities in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom. UAEM is dedicated to increasing access to life-saving medications in low- and middle-income countries by campaigning for universities to acknowledge their role in global public health. The goal of asking universities to recognize their social responsibility with respect to global health is to improve access to health goods in developing countries by changing technology licensing policies between universities and the industrial sector, including pharmaceuticals.


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