Timing is everything here. Set up a time to meet with the outgoing Chapter Officer
(and any relevant other chapter leaders) right after elections happen, when insights
and deep wisdom are fresh. It’s an excellent (and critical) first step here—
success for the upcoming year hinges on this, really. (No pressure!)
Here’s a handy 1-sheeter Officer Briefing pdf you can take with you to this meeting, if you like.
Our membership leaders are experienced, impassioned AMSA activists, elected to help guide you along through the year — helping you serve your chapter members and make things happen. She or he will be an invaluable resource all year long, offering things like:
You likely learned from your officer briefing a bit about how communications to members worked in the past. You may want to share news in a few different ways to engage your members—some may prefer email, some may prefer a private social media group and some prefer in-person events. The most successful chapters utilize a nice mix of all relevant tactics.
A recommended approach, based on experience, is to follow a format like this (you’re encouraged to customize as-needed based on your member needs. Remember: this goal is to engage and inspire your members, so pay attention to their needs):
A chapter advisor is someone on your school’s campus, a professor, department head or other school academic official, that can assist your chapter in things like:
Once your chapter finds a chapter advisor, be sure to submit their information via the chapter advisor submission form.
Contact your dean’s office. It is rare to find a dean who is not supportive of student organizations in some way. Make an appointment with the dean or another customary contact person — consider looking to the Student Affairs office — to introduce yourself and outline your goals.
Ask your Dean or Associate Dean how she or he envisions AMSA’s role as at your school. Feel free to bring this handy sheet with you — it offers a few, key talking points for your meeting, and you can leave it behind. In this meeting, be sure to:
Enthusiastic deans or advisors may want to know about AMSA’s Institutional Partnerships. This is where the school teams up with AMSA to offer an incoming class free membership. There are a lot of advantages for medical schools in this partnership that a dean may like to know about.
Urge your Chapter members to follow the above social media accounts.
Join this Facebook Group just for Chapter Officers. It’s awesome.
Meet your Membership Sherpa
Craft your Communications Plan
ID your Chapter Advisor
Meet the Dean.