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American Medical Student Association (AMSA)

AMSA Mission Statement

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.

WVU SOM Chapter

The WVU SOM chapter’s goal is to facilitate our medical students getting involved in advocating for the needs of the patients and as well as for medical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. We believe that medical students are an important part of the healthcare system and deserve a voice in order to express their concerns to better the system as a whole. By teaching students how they can get involved in advocacy and giving them the resources they need to make a difference, we hope to make a difference in the lives of our patients and the medical students that will follow in our footsteps.

Why get involved?

When you join AMSA, you become part of a vital force of future physicians who believe that patients and health professionals are partners in the management of health care and that access to high-quality health care is a right and not a privilege. At AMSA, activism is a way of life. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.


Our chapter hosts a fall medical equipment sale that brings medical equipment company sales representatives in to the school to show the medical students their products and how to use them, and it gives the medical students an opportunity to test out the products and buy them at a significant discount. We also have created an undergraduate mentorship program with the Premedical Club of WVU. In the future, we plan to do Q&A’s with the undergraduates of WVU and bring in practicing physicians to talk about their journey into advocacy.

If you want to learn more about AMSA as an organization, you can go to their website for more information.

If you want to get involved in our chapter or learn more about us, you can reach us at any of the following:

Officers 2020-2021


Ana Baltierra -

Vice President

Rebekah Shephard -


Rotem Hass -

Secretary/Public Relations


Faculty Sponsor

Dr. Joseph Selby, MD, Family Medicine -

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