American Medical Student Association Joins WCC

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is joining the WCC community. Robin Graff, a transfer counselor and a few students started the AMSA club to provide benefits to pre-med students and help them get into medical school.

Last semester, Graff and other students wanted to know how community college students could get into medical school. The current president of AMSA talked to students via Skype and discussed being a community college student with the goal of going to medical school.

From that event, AMSA suggested starting a chapter for students at WCC so they could access the benefits the association has to offer.

“AMSA is not just about being a pre-med student, it’s also about helping the community and bringing awareness to health issues,” Graff said. “I don’t have any medical experience but I did this because I saw the need to help students get as much information and resources as there’s to offer.”

According to AMSA’s website, they are “committed to improving health care and health care delivery to all people, promoting active improvement in medical education, involving its members in the social, moral and ethical obligations of the profession of medicine, assisting in the improvement and understanding of world health problems, contributing to the welfare of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees, and advancing the profession of medicine”

WCC should have an official charter approval by AMSA by October. Once approved, they will have access to resources and conferences across the nation.

According to the AMSA website, resources include a weekly consult newsletter, a medical school dictionary, and self-assessments that can help students figure out their strengths and weaknesses.

AMSA conferences bring together physicians-in-training to explore current issues in medicine, build clinical skills, and connect with peers and expert facilitators.

“AMSA is a great society where you can benefit a lot from it,” said Nomair Khan, President of the ASMA club at WCC. “It can help you with internship opportunities, scholarships, answer any questions about medical school or what to do before going into medical school and MCAT preparing.”

Currently at WCC, the organization is a small group of eight members. Anyone who is interested in going into medical school or is a pre-med student is welcome. To be officially a part of the WCC chapter, students have to become a member of AMSA. Members of Phi Theta Kappa get a discount on a membership.

In order to become a member of AMSA, students can visit the AMSA website where they can find membership info, a list of AMSA events and benefits and even a link to resources that can be helpful to all medical students.

“From what I’ve gathered, it seems like a good place not only to get help to get into medical school but it’s also a community of doctors, and other healthcare providers that are passionate about the field and want to help people,” said Annique Mclune, Vice President of the WCC chapter.

Weekly meetings take place on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in classroom building 104. The organization is planning to set up a table at the health fair on Nov. 8th.

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