Either by attending conferences, marching on to Capital Hill, or simply honing your clinical skills, these groups provide opportunities for professional development that will help not only as a student, but as a practicing physician.

American Medical Association – Medical Student Section/OSU Chapter
Become part of a larger force that represents and protects your interests and your profession at the national, state and local levels. Take full advantage of this special membership opportunity and the many benefits it provides. For $107 you can become a member of all three associations for four years of medical school, plus you receive Netter’s Anatomy Flash Cards for Apple iPod, iPhone, or iTouch ®, or the box set of paper flash cards! Additionally, AMA members get the added benefit of a free subscription to the weekly Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

AMA Membership Benefits

  • Gain a voice in decisions affecting the future of medicine.
  • Stay ahead of clinical advances with the Journal of the American Medical Association.
  • Be represented on a national level.
  • Free resources such as FREIDA Online®, the AMA’s Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access, and the weekday e-brief AMA Morning Rounds
  • Discounts on products and services — everything from financial services to rental cars
  • Scholarships — the AMA Foundation (www.ama-assn.org/go/medicaleducation) offers multiple scholarships and financial assistance opportunities for medical students and aspiring physicians
  • Life beyond medical training — get involved in local AMA chapter activities including community service projects, career seminars and other networking events; plus leadership opportunities within the AMA


American Medical Student Association – OSU Chapter
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. With a membership of more than 62,000 medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians from across the country, 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 Are We 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.

Developing Leaders in Healthcare
The healthcare industry continues to grow and evolve over time. In order to be successful in such a dynamic industry, all healthcare providers must strive to understand the implications of changes to policy, finance, insurance and organizational structure.

Developing Leaders in Healthcare aims to drive this success by accomplishing three objectives:
1. Elevate students’ working knowledge of healthcare systems, delivery, finance, insurance and policy.
2. Provide a forum for members to share educational information and resources related to the healthcare industry.
3. Facilitate networking opportunities between students and healthcare executives, providers and administrators.

The organization holds events on topics including, but not limited to, health policy, diversity of physician career paths, health insurance and reimbursement, physician compensation, medical center structure/organization, and ethics.

Doctor-In-Training is a new student organization for first and second year medical students interested in learning more about clinical medicine and what to expect during their clinical rotations third and fourth year. It is our goal to provide students with the opportunity to build upon the foundational skills necessary of a successful physician through a variety of workshops, guest speakers and faculty presentations. It is our belief that these experiences will prepare students for the transition into clinical medicine experienced by third and fourth year medical students.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School
Have you ever wanted to make a difference? Are you passionate about improving healthcare?

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) Open School is an interdisciplinary student-run organization that provides motivated professional students with online and hands-on learning experiences in quality improvement. Members of the Open School can receive certificates in quality improvement while working with hospital staff and participating on project teams of medical, pharmacy, and healthcare administration students.

Past student projects include:
– Auditing ORs for use of the safe surgery checklist
– Evaluation of the induced hypothermia protocol
– Monitoring hand washing compliance

Open School members have presented project results at national conferences, held internships at the OSUMC quality department, and worked one-on-one with medical college faculty.

Inter-Professional Council
IPC is the official student government of the 6 Professional Colleges of Dentistry, Law, Medicine, Optometry, Pharmacy, and Veterinary Medicine and serves the Ohio State student body along with the Council of Graduate Students and the Undergraduate Student Government.

Our goal is to support and address the needs of professional students while fostering a sense of camaraderie amongst these six prestigious programs.

The IPC Executive Committee consists of an elected President, Vice-President, and Secretary along with an appointed Chief of Staff.

Each of the 6 Professional Colleges provides 1 Justice and 5 Senators for a total of
6 Justices and 30 Senators from the six professional schools.

We are here to serve you and encourage students to contact us regarding issues concerning professional students. We offer numerous services ranging from funding professional development (research, service, externships, etc.) to hosting academic forums and social events.

Please direct all inquires regarding the Professional Development Fund to Christopher Malgieri and be sure to check the IPC website for the most updated information and application.

Medical Scientist Student Organization
The Medical Scientist Student Organization (MSSO) is a student-founded, student-run organization that acts as the primary liaison to the Medical Scientist Program (MSP) at the Ohio State University College of Medicine and School of Biomedical Sciences. All students in the MSP at any stage of their training are members of the MSSO. The MSSO functions to fulfill many of the common needs of MD/PhD students by promoting scholarly, professional and social development through its various sponsored activities.

Medical Student Alumni Council

Project Professionalism
Project Professionalism is a student-driven initiative that is co-sponsored by Patient Centered Medicine and the student Honor and Professionalism Council. It was initiated in 2001 by the Class of 2005 and began as a group of 20 students that gave advice concerning the lecture presentations, started the Class Oath tradition and made recommendations concerning the small group discussions. It has grown to involve over 200 students working on all aspects of the professionalism mission. The mission of Project Professionalism is: “To create and maintain the culture of respect in the medical school environment.” The “culture of respect” encompasses compassionate care, professional behaviors, excellence in medical knowledge, and placing the needs of others before your own (altruism). Creating this culture does not depend on “policing” each other but it is built on a foundation of caring about the personal and professional growth of every medical student at The Ohio State University College of Medicine.

Student National Medical Association – OSU Chapter
The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.