Grassroots Campaigns & Initiatives


AMSA has a robust history of activism and mobilizing around social justice movements relevant to our mission. Often social change occurs from the ground up by bringing supporters to causes through grassroots organizing around specific issues.

With the World Health Organization (WHO) and international community committed to end the AIDS pandemic as a global public health threat by 2030, the AIDS Advocacy Network (AAN) is a group of health professional students who build the movement to advocate for issues from health equity and destigmatization of HIV, to global access to medicines and other causes that support the WHO Call to Action.

AMSA believes that access to comprehensive health services must be recognized and protected as a basic human right, and supports a publicly and progressively financed, privately delivered federal single payer system of high quality, affordable health care for all persons. In its absence, we support health care reform that expands comprehensive coverage and access for all persons living in the United States.

The Advocacy Leadership course is a six month program that will work to engage student participants in webinars, readings, and discussions that promote knowledge of community engagement, the social mission of medicine, social power structures, and advocacy skills.  The goal of the course is to produce future physicians who have the skill set and experience with community engagement to become forces of social change.

Find comprehensive resources for grassroots organizing and executing a strategic campaign with these step-by-step direct action guides to mobilize around an issue.

For the past decade, there has been a growing chorus of voices comprised of citizens, politicians and healthcare leaders calling for attention to the conflicts of interest in medicine. These conflicts of interests have led to an erosion of trust that is the foundation of the doctor-patient relationship.  Medical schools and academic medical centers have played a powerful leadership role in setting new standards for the profession.

In 2007, The American Medical Student Association AMSA released the first Scorecard. The Scorecard has been updated over time, and we are proud of the rigorous and transparent methodology used to assess medical school policies. All policies will be blinded and rated by multiple reviewers for the core policy domains. Please visit the methodology section of the AMSA Scorecard for full details on these policy domains and rating system.