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American Medical Association-Medical Student Section ( AMA-MSS) West Virginia University School of Medicine


The first WV Medical Student State Meeting was held in Charleston on January 30th-31st, 2010. The conference, created by third year medical students Alice Hensley (MUSOM) and Jennifer Armbruster (WVU), was themed "Are You Tough Enough?" and encouraged attendees to adopt healthy lifestyles. The inspiration for this novel gathering of WV medical students was a desire to motivate the state's future physicians to lead by example and inspire others.

Highlights of the conference included keynote speaker Dr. Greg Heywood of Charleston, who's talk "Dream Big, Do Big: The Ironman" focused on the importance of making time for exercise as a medical student, and 47 time marathoner Sharon Marks who challenged the future physicians to lead a health revolution by example. Meeting participants from WVU and MUSOM were also treated to demonstrations on exercise in the wilderness by Dr. Chuck Clements, an anatomy & yoga session by Asit Goswami (MSII MUSOM), a lecture on healthy eating on a medical student budget by Let's Get Moving! program coordinator Kayleigh Dye, and an "Are You Tough Enough?" intense workout session led by Sharon Marks. Educational programming included a suturing workshop, and panel discussions on preparing for USMLE Step 1 and applying for residency by Brian Snelling (WVU) and Grant Clark, MD. The weekend concluded with a children's health fair at a Charleston area elementary school.

Chapter Meetings

Meetings are held monthly, and classes will receive emails about upcoming meetings.

Topics include school related issues such as hints & tips for WVU classes, preparing for USMLE exams, and local service projects as well as issues pertaining to all medical students like increasing student debt, student & resident work hours, local, state, & national elections, medical liability reform, and national health care, to name a few. Specific meeting topics are included in monthly meeting notices.

Meetings topics are recommended by the chapter members and decided upon and planned by the officers. If you have a suggestion for a meeting topic, please contact one of the officers.

State & National Meetings

Every January, during MLK weekend, is WVSMA's midwinter conference. AMA will send out another email when we learn more about the events over the weekend; however the important day is White Coat Day on Monday. This is a day when the physicians from across the state gather at the Capitol building in Charleston to assert ourselves and lobby for the health care of West Virginia. This is the most important event for us, as medical students, to attend as we represent the future of health care in our state. We continue to fight the battles of solidifying legislative reforms and push for new initiatives regarding health and health-related issues in our state. Even if you are not a member of the AMA, we would encourage you to attend. AMA will be sending out emails as the event nears to give you more information, but please put this on your calendar.

The interim meeting conference for AMA-MSS is held every fall at a different location each year. If anyone is interested in attending this meeting let one of the officers know and we will help you get registered and try to locate possible funding for the event.

Our Region V meeting (AMA-MSS chapters from Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia) is in February or March each year and is hosted by one of the region's medical school chapters.

The Annual Meeting for the AMA-MSS coincides with the full AMA House of Delegates annual meeting and is the 2nd weekend in June at AMA's home office location of Chicago. WVSMA and Monongalia County Medical Society provide full financial support for our delegates to attend.

Chapter By Laws

Defines the purpose and mission, along with chapter governance.

Service Projects: Run for Cover (in cooperation with AMWA); Toys for Tots

Advocacy and Policy: Resolutions for policy adoption may be proposed by any member of the AMA-MSS. There is always a need for involvement of medical students in helping our organization with policy development and advocacy of our issues. If you would like to discuss an issue or propose a resolution please feel free to contact one of the officers.

2018 - 2019 AMA Officers


Hillary Pratt - hp0021@mix.wvu.edu

Vice President:

Jasmin Tharakan - jt0033@mix.wvu.edu


Sarah Little - sal0033@mix.wvu.edu


Amber Vozar - av0034@mix.wvu.edu

Additional Officers:

Jennifer Gold - jg0091@mix.wvu.edu
Ashley Perdue - aperdue@mix.wvu.edu
Megan DeJong - madejong@mix.wvu.edu

Faculty Sponsor:

Dr. Joseph Selby, MD, Family Medicine - selbyj@wvumedicine.org

Websites of Interest

During the summer of 2003, Marc Yester, Class of 2006, received a GRIP Award (Government Relations Intern Program) and worked in the office of WV Senator Jay Rockefeller.

AMA Student Information Sheets

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