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AMSA Academy

A training ground for physician leaders

...because it takes more than medical school to make a physician.

AMSA Academy is a training ground for physician leaders, established by and for students. The Academy strives to empower physicians-in-training to affect change in medicine. Combining didactics with experiential learning, AMSA Academy courses take medical and premedical students through the core competences of leadership and project implementations, while building on key principles of important topics in medicine.

Each program fosters the value that health care must be patient-centered, effective, efficient, safe, equitable, and timely, as identified by the Institute of Medicine. We see our mission as training physician leaders in order to transform the face of medicine.


  • Year-long distance learning courses structured around readings, response papers and conference call discussions led by field experts
  • Themes for the course change annually
  • Participants are partnered with mentors to facilitate continued learning
  • Open to medical and premedical students
  • All programs run from the Fall through the Spring.

Program Registration Deadline
Cultural Sensitivity Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Global Health Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Health Equity Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Integrative Medicine Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Medical Humanities Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Patient Safety Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Public Health Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014
Sexual Health Scholars Program Sept 30, 2014


  • Intensive experiences, 3–5 days in length, with both didactic and experiential learning components
  • Combines student-led and field expert-led sessions
  • Includes in-depth coverage of a specific subject supplemented with training in project planning, implementation & dissemination
  • Open to premedical, medical, resident and allied health members (unless otherwise noted)

Dates/Program Registration Deadline
June 15-20, 2014
Leadership & Education Program for Students in Integrative Medicine (LEAPS into IM)
July 23-27, 2014
SeaCouver Study Tour


  • One month long residential experience at a California retreat center
  • The first-ever student-run accredited medical school program, providing academic credit that is transferable to most medical schools
  • Participants include allopathic, osteopathic & naturopathic students
  • Rigorous academics, “hands-on” learning, and life-changing experiences
  • Open to medical students only

Dates/Program App Deadline
Mar-Apr 2015
Humanistic Elective in Activism, Reflective Transformation, and Integrative Medicine (HEART-IM)
Rolling basis through Nov 1

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Medical Education Leadership Institute
HEART Integrative Medicine Elective

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Past institute topics include:

  • Advocacy
  • AIDS Leadership
  • Community and Public Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Global Health Governance
  • Global Health Leadership
  • Health Equity Leadership
  • Health Disparities
  • LGBT Health/Leadership
  • Medical Education Leadership
  • Medical Humanities/Writer’s
  • Mentorship
  • Microbicides Leadership
  • Narrative Medicine
  • Patient Safety/Quality Improvement
  • Health Care for All Leadership
  • Premedical Leadership
  • Premedical Global Health
  • Primary Care Leadership
  • Primary Care Interprofessional Leadership
  • Professionalism and Patient Safety
  • Reflective Transformation
  • Seacouver (Seattle-Vancouver) Study Tour
  • Universal Health Care Leadership
  • Wellness
  • Women’s Empowerment


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