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As a medical student, there are many ways to get involved with student organizations on campus that will enhance your medical training. The following are only a sample of opportunities available to students.

Class President

The president acts 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 the dean and assistant dean of Medical Student Affairs
  • Attending Medical Student Association meetings
  • Organizing and taking class votes on issues as is necessary
  • Planning class socials
  • Campus selection process

Vice President

The vice president provides support for the president and performs the duties of the president in the event of his/her absence.

Medical Student Association (three positions)

The Medical Student Association is the student council of the medical school. Each class is represented by three senators and three officers: The class president, the class vice president and the class representative for the Organization of Student Representatives. Responsibilities include:

  • Allocating funds
  • Planning Pillar 1 formal dinner
  • Planning faculty appreciation luncheon with faculty and staff staff awards

American Medical Student Association (three positions)

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a national organization run by medical students for medical students. Responsibilities include:

  • Attending regional and national conferences
  • Planning the first-year AMSA orientation
  • Selling scrubs for the anatomy lab and ordering clothing

Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month

American Medical Association

The medical student section of the American Medical Association (AMA) provides students the opportunity to become involved in organized medicine at the forefront of their careers.

AMA Representative

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending local, state and national meetings
  • Serving as voting delegates at state and national meetings
  • Integrating national medical issues into Sanford School of Medicine campuses
  • Assisting the chapter officer with local chapter activities

AMA Chapter Officer

Responsibilities include:

  • Attending local and state meetings
  • Increasing local chapter activity and visibility
  • Collaborating 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, your duties include:

  • Attending national meetings and regional conventions
  • Voting as part of the AAMC body of delegates
  • Reporting national medical issues to Sanford School of Medicine students
  • Community service projects (optional)

American Academy of Family Physicians

Family Medicine Interest Group Representative

The Family Medicine Interest Group promotes family medicine as a specialty and exposes students to opportunities in family medicine. One student from each class is recruited to be a representative on the group’s planning committee.

Clinical Foundations Representative

This position carries a two-year term. Representatives serve as liaisons between the class and the course director. The representative seeks feedback from classmates and speaks on their behalf at the monthly Clinical Foundations Interprofessional Advisory Committee meeting. The representative also speaks on behalf of the committee to the class and participates in curriculum planning in the spring.

Women in Medicine/American Medical Women's Association

This group improves the understanding of women’s health issues and addresses issues faced by female physicians. First and second-year medical students of all genders are encouraged to participate. Only female students may be officers for positions involving the AMWA portion of this group. Past events include:

  • Breast cancer awareness luncheons
  • Women physicians panel
  • Lectures on contraception

Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School

This is an interdisciplinary organization that educates students in the areas of patient safety, quality improvement, teamwork, patient-centeredness and communication. During your four-year term, the primary responsibility of the class representative from the first-year class is to serve on the IHI leadership team and represent your medical school class. Responsibilities include planning events with leaders from other professional schools.

Code of Professional Conduct Board Representative

One student is chosen to be the class representative for the board. He or she is active only in cases where there is a violation or possible violation of the Code of Professional Conduct that has not already been reported directly to the Student Progress and Conduct committee.

Medical Education Committee

The student who serves this three-year term is responsible for:

  • Communicating important information or Medical Education Committee decisions to medical students
  • Bringing class input to the Medical Education Committee
  • Attending monthly meetings

Financial Aid Representative

Responsibilities include:

  • Assisting in educational and deb programs for the class
  • Representing the class at the financial aid and scholarship committee meetings
  • Keeping information in the strictest confidence

Diversity Health Affairs Representative

During their two-year term, the representative:

  • Attends monthly meetings
  • Serves as a student representative for the Diversity Health Affairs Committee
  • Assists the committee in recruiting diverse students
  • Assists with diversity-directed Sanford School of Medicine initiatives
  • Enhances cultural competence of faculty, students and staff

Medical Student Ambassadors

Ambassador activities include giving tours of the medical school, answering questions and escorting students to interview locations in Vermillion.

Informatics Council

The Health Affairs Medical Informatics Advisory Committee promotes the effective use of technology in health affairs. Meetings are held at 4 p.m. on the second Wednesday of the month.

Medical Student Wellness Committee

Wellness officers are selected for each class as part of the Medical Student Wellness Program. They oversee the budget and how to use it to promote wellness in each of their respective classes. Previous events include yoga, picnics, movie nights and other activities.

Medical Student Research Committee

One student participates as a committee member and helps with:

  • Setting guidelines, considering applications and making recommendations concerning summer research stipends
  • Reviewing independently derived student research or projects for funding
  • Managing the research budget and directing students to sources of support
  • Organizing the annual medical student research forum

American College of Physicians

One student sits for two years as a non-voting member on the South Dakota American College of Physicians' Governor's Advisory Council. The student:

  • Helps actively form and participate in the internal medicine interest group
  • Has the opportunity to attend Leadership Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
  • Acts as a liaison between the students and the South Dakota American College of Physicians' Governor's Advisory Council