The Education & Advocacy Fellow (EAF) is a unique position for a physician-in-training student to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training with the opportunity to delve deeply into critical issues affecting access to affordable, quality healthcare, global health equity, diversity in the healthcare workforce, and medical professionalism. The EAF serves multiple roles at the American Medical Student Association while working closely with staff and national leaders to enhance educational programming and advocacy initiatives throughout the organization.
Candidates are not expected to have significant experience in areas such as teaching, curriculum design or grassroots organizing, but must be enthusiastic and motivated to learn in order to become a leader in these areas over the course of their fellowship.
In terms of the experiential education offered, the EAF will benefit from providing leadership and contributing to the strategic direction on a number of areas within the organization. The objectives of the fellowship include learning and refining the fellow’s skills in grassroots organizing, leadership development, strategic planning, and advocacy.
Specific responsibilities include:
- Medical Student Organizing & Advocacy – The EAF will build a visible presence in AMSA’s activities, including chapter visits, regional conferences, AMSA’s annual convention, new organizing activities, and advocacy events and campaigns. The EAF’s work will center on organizing two or more major projects to engage students and strengthen advocacy initiatives and programming. These projects will support the strategic priorities of AMSA, and increase AMSA’s visibility to physicians-in-training. In addition the fellow will provide assistance and guidance to AMSA’s various campaigns and committees establishing and developing ties with medical education and advocacy organizations across the U.S. and internationally. Examples include: the AAMC, CIR, NPA, PNHP, AACOM, and other associations who are working on projects consistent with AMSA’s mission. The EAF’s projects, presentations and trainings will be developed collaboratively with AMSA’s leadership and staff.
- AMSA Academy – The EAF works directly with the Executive Director and staff, to design a successful array of external educational programming with the goal of developing knowledge and skills in areas that are not traditionally included in medical school curricula. The EAF will be responsible for overseeing the leaders and coordinators for the Institutes, Leadership Courses, and Scholars Programs, providing guidance on instructional design and curricular content.
- Conference/Convention Programming – The EAF works closely with the President, national and local leaders, and staff to develop high-quality, educationally-sound, and innovative programming for the AMSA Conferences, the annual leadership meeting (Building On Foundations), and National Convention. Such activities related to conference and convention planning include evaluating and selecting programming and poster abstracts, identifying and inviting speakers, implementing and managing programming evaluation and quality improvement, and supporting advertising and marketing campaigns under direction of the Communications and Marketing staff.
The Fellowship position is a 1-year contracted salaried position. AMSA’s leadership year begins May 1st and ends April 30th. By applying for the position the applicant asserts their willingness to perform the duties above and any other duties assigned that may be required to further the success of AMSA throughout the year. Examples include: supporting the team in membership recruitment, outreach to chapters and members for various reasons, support in our communications efforts, and other requests made by the Executive Director or the President. The applicant also asserts that they are willing and capable of working in the United States, specifically in the state of Virginia, and understands that the ability to be in the AMSA office will be a requirement of the position.