As a medical student, there are many ways to get involved with Student Organizations on campus that will enhance your medical training. 

Class Officers


The primary purpose of the president is to act as the class representative. This role involves many required responsibilities, but also allows for opportunities to pursue projects of interest.

Set responsibilities include:

  • Attending weekly meetings with Dean of Student Affairs
  • Attending all Medical Student Association (MSA) meetings as needed, but minimally once/month
  • Answering questions for the class about procedures, schedules, etc.
  • Organizing and taking class votes on issues as is necessary
  • Planning class socials
  • Checking class mailbox daily; handout newsletters and various other mail to students
  • Informal meetings with Registration Officer, Kay Austin re: funds, procedures, etc.
  • During 2nd year, work closely with the Dean of Student Affairs to match students in 3rd and 4th yr clinical sites
  • Collect classmates phone numbers and distribute list to class

Optional Opportunities include:

  • Speak with course directors before courses begin
  • Arrange guest speakers on topics of interest
  • Arrange charity events, e.g. run/walks & blood drives

Vice President

The vice president provides support for the president, acts as second in command and performs the duties of the president in the event of his/her absence.

Medical Student Association (MSA)

(3 positions)
The MSA is the Student Council of the medical school. Each class is represented by three senators and the class president. The President, Vice President and Treasurer of the MSA are MSIIs.

Set responsibilities include:

  • Informal meetings with Registrar Officer, Kay Austin re: funds, procedures, etc.
  • Allocate funds
  • Plan Christmas Banquet
  • Plan Faculty Appreciation Luncheon
  • Meetings held as necessary 1/week - 1/month

American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

(2 positions)
AMSA is a national organization run by medical students for medical students.

Set responsibilities include:

  • Collect AMSA registrations and money and send to national office
  • Contact AMSA about benefits for student membership
  • Attend regional (fall) and national (spring) conferences
  • MSII’s plan MSI AMSA orientation, including formal letter of introduction, announcements about membership and enrollment, MSI picnic, MSI and MSII lunch presentation by medical equipment reps, orientation of MSI AMSA reps and meetings throughout school year 1/month
  • Time commitment of 5-10 hours/month
  • Excellent financial and organizational skills


  • Travel
  • Explore topics of interest not included in medical curriculum
  • Leadership role

American Medical Association (AMA)

(2 positions)
AMAs work includes the development and promotion of standards in medical practice, research, and education; strong advocacy agenda on behalf of patients and physicians; and the commitment to providing timely information on matters important to the health of America. The AMA strives to serve as the voice of the American medical profession.

The medical student section of the AMA provides an opportunity to become involved in organized medicine at the forefront of one’s career – students do have a voice in the nation’s largest organized medical association!

Two AMA positions exist for each class at SSOM:

American Medical Association Representative

  • Involvement in political issues related to medicine at the school, state, and national levels including attending local, state, and national meeting.
  • Serve as SSOM voting delegate at state and national meetings.
  • Integrate national medical issues into SSOM campuses
  • Organize petition drives
  • Update class about key AMA issues
  • Assist Chapter Officer in local chapter activity

American Medical Association Chapter Officer

  • Involvement in political issues related to medicine at the school and state levels, including attending local and state meetings
  • Increase local chapter activity and visibility
  • Collaborate with on and off campus organizations

Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)

AAMC is an organization concerned with all aspects of medical education. There are several different governing bodies of the AAMC, one of which is the Organization of Student Representatives (OSR).

As an OSR representative, duties include:

  • Attendance at national meeting
  • Attendance at regional convention
  • Informal meetings with Registrar Officer about funds, travel procedures, etc.
  • MSII’s will be a voting delegate to the AAMC body of delegates
  • Receive AAMC’s Washington Highlights and distribute that legislative information to class via email


  • Community Service Projects

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Family Medicine Interest Group Representative

(1 position)
The Family Medicine Interest Group promotes family medicine as a specialty. It strives to expose those interested students to opportunities in family medicine. We recruit one student from each class to be a representative on the group’s planning committee.

Approximately twice during the academic year the group hosts procedure nights exposing students to a variety of procedures with hands-on practice and instruction along with the opportunity to meet practicing family physicians and residents.

Clinical Foundations Representative

(1 position)
The Clinical Foundations Representative term is a two year term. The primary responsibility is to serve as a liaison between the class and the Course Director. The representative seeks objective feedback from classmates and speaks on their behalf as a member of the Clinical Foundations Interprofessional Advisory Committee which meets monthly. Likewise the representative speaks on behalf of the Course Director/Clinical Foundations Committee to communicate actions taken by the committee to the class.

  • Attend Clinical Foundations Committee meetings held over the noon hour every fourth Thursday of the month.
  • Participate in curriculum planning in the spring.

Women in Medicine (WIM)/American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

The focus of this group is to improve the understanding of women’s health issues, and to address issues faced by female physicians. The goals of this local group encompass those of both WIM, which is a group affiliated with the AAMC, and AMWA. Female and male first and second year medical students are encouraged to participate. Officers for the local organization are to be elected from within the group of members. Only female students may be officers for positions involving the AMWA portion of this group (; men may hold other positions.

Past events sponsored by this group include:

  • Breast Cancer Awareness luncheons and pink ribbon sales
  • Panel of women physicians discussing their personal experiences in medicine
  • Outreach education at the local high school
  • Series of lectures on contraception
  • Luncheon with physicians to discuss the various types of medical practices

If you are interested in advocating for women’s health, making contacts with women physicians, or like to organize events, this is a great group to join.

IHI (Institute for Healthcare Improvement) Open School

(2 positions)
The IHI Open School is an interdisciplinary organization that focuses on educating students in the areas of patient safety, quality improvement, teamwork, patient-centeredness, and communication. The primary responsibility of the class representative from the first year class will be to serve on the IHI leadership team and represent your medical school class. This is a four year term.


  • Assist in planning events
  • Work with leaders from MSII, OT, PT and PA classes in coordinating events

Possible Events:

  • Full-group meetings (1 per semester)
  • Small group case studies
  • Simulations and hands-on activities (Examples may include recognizing harmful situations for patients, mock patient handoffs, interdisciplinary communication)
  • Assist with IHI Open School online courses
  • Webinars

As members of the leadership team, you will be able to get more involved with planning events, taking on higher leadership positions, getting involved in projects and interacting closely with our colleagues in other health disciplines.

Honor Board Representative

In the case of an honor code violation or possible violation, the Honor Board Representative is the student representative to the Honor Board, which makes rulings on student status based on charges brought before the Board. No duties unless an infraction occurs.

Medical Education Committee

The Medical Education Committee is a vital committee that oversees USD medical education and curriculum decision-making. Representative will voice the opinions of the class when decisions are made about curriculum for the upcoming year. This is an MSII Position meetings will occur once/month.

Financial Aid Representative

Each class selects a representative who will address student questions about financial aid and will serve on the Financial Aid Committee. The Financial Aid Committee meets 2 – 3 times a year, typically in April.  Each class representative is asked to be present at these meetings so that the needs of the students are represented during budget, loan and scholarship decisions. Representatives must be trusted to keep information in the strictest of confidence.

Diversity Health Affairs Representative

(1 position – student will serve a two-year term)
Responsible for attendance at monthly meetings; serve as a student representative from the School of Medicine to the Diversity Health Affairs Committee. Assist the committee in efforts to enhance recruitment of diverse students to SSOM and School of Health Sciences; assist with diversity-directed initiatives of the SSOM and School of Health Sciences, assist with efforts to enhance cultural competence of faculty, staff and students. Meetings are held for one hour once a month.

Medical Student Ambassadors

Approximately 6 first year medical students will serve as members of this group and be available to host prospective students or interviewing applicants. Students give tours of the medical school, answer questions and escort potential students to Vermillion interview locations.

Informatics Council

(1 position – student will serve a two-year term)
The Health Affairs Medical Informatics Advisory Committee (HAMIC) promotes the effective use of technology to achieve the mission of Health Affairs. The committee meetings will be held at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.