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.
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:
The vice president provides support for the president and performs the duties of the president in the event of his/her absence.
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:
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is a national organization run by medical students for medical students. Responsibilities include:
Time Commitment: 5-10 hours per month
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
The student who serves this three-year term is responsible for:
During their two-year term, the representative:
Ambassador activities include giving tours of the medical school, answering questions and escorting students to interview locations in Vermillion.
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.
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.
One student participates as a committee member and helps with:
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: