AMSA’s Fellowship Program

American Medical Student Association

Fellowship Program

The AMSA Fellowship Program is a unique position for an AMSA medical student member to spend a year augmenting their formal medical training with the opportunity to delve deeply into critical issues affecting physicians-in-training, health policy, practice and regulation, and medical professionalism. AMSA fellows serve multiple roles while working closely with AMSA staff and national leaders to enhance educational programming and advocacy initiatives throughout the organization.

In terms of the experiential education offered, AMSA fellows benefit from providing leadership and contributing to the strategic direction on several 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.

Core Components of the AMSA Fellowship Program

  • Experiential Education – Fellows will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the day-to-day organization of a national association. They will work alongside a dynamic professional staff to further AMSA’s goals while developing an appreciation for and general understanding of association management.
  • Mentorship – Fellows will be able to receive and provide mentorship throughout their experience. Fellows serve as a resource to AMSA National Leaders in the Fellow’s content area. Fellows will also be mentored by local professionals who they identify as content experts in their fellowship’s focus area and are welcome to maintain existing mentorship relationships from afar. Fellows will work closely with all AMSA staff.
  • Professional Development – Fellows’ knowledge and skills will be enhanced by participation in meetings and conferences relevant to their respective content areas, role responsibilities, and personal interests. Formal and informal learning opportunities within AMSA and through AMSA’s extensive network of partner organizations may provide training and practical application in areas including grassroots organizing, lobbying/policymaking, teaching, health care systems, organizational development, leadership, and others based on input by current Fellows.
  • Scholarly Project – Fellows will have the opportunity to pursue a project of their personal interest, as it relates to the content area of the individual fellowship. This project will allow the fellow to delve deeply into a topical area they are passionate about while providing a tangible product for AMSA. The design and identification of project deliverables will be determined through consultation with AMSA staff.

Eligibility

A qualified candidate for the AMSA Fellowship Program must be:

  • An AMSA member (experience as an AMSA leader at the national or local level is preferred, but not required).
  • A student enrolled in a graduate health program (MD, DO, MPH, PhD, etc.) in good academic standing.
  • Available to work full time for a full year as an AMSA fellow beginning in May (exact start date negotiable).
  • Able to work collaboratively with others to develop and achieve the goals in a work plan, with limited supervision.
  • Able to demonstrate excellent speaking, writing, interpersonal, and leadership skills.
  • Able to work well on a team and with professional office staff.

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 to become a leader in these areas over the course of their fellowship. Ideal candidates are energetic, well organized, creative, and passionate about AMSA’s mission and goals. AMSA fellowships are highly desired and they provide a unique learning opportunity for motivated students who enjoy organizing projects, cultivating strong leaders, and problem-solving in a high-intensity, productive, and evolving environment.

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To continue this position of leadership and service without interruption to the goals and mission of the AMSA Fellowship Program, AMSA is currently seeking a new sponsor for implementation and recognition to begin in May 2022.

Support this important position, contact Sandy Fridy, AMSA Director of Business Development at sfridy@amsa.org.