• Student Delegate to the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS)

    The application cycle for this position is closed. The application for the 2024 - 2025 leadership cycle will open in the spring of 2024. Information is available below for those who may be thinking about this opportunity.

    Applications for this position are reviewed by the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening Committee and candidates are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors. All applicants will be notified by September 30, 2023.  

    Represent family medicine and the AAFP at the American Medical Association’s two annual business meetings. The AAFP supports two medical student members to serve as delegate and alternate delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section. Through the year-long term these two members will share delegate and alternate roles. 

    The AMA House of Delegates (HOD) annually allocates delegate positions to state and specialty societies based on the number of their members that are also AMA members. The allocation is announced on or before February 1 of each year, and the delegate count is adjusted accordingly. Depending on the delegation size, there will be an opportunity for one MSS representative to also serve as a HOD delegate for the Annual and Interim meetings that year. This additional responsibility will require two or three extra days of service at the AMA HOD meeting. Travel expenses, including per-diem payment, will be provided by the AAFP. If an increase occurs, additional information will be provided by AAFP Medical Education staff.


    Term: October 1, 2023 – September 30, 2024

    • Participate in the live business sessions of the AMA Medical Student Section conducted during the term of service, including virtual business such as reference committee hearings
    • Consider all business before the AMA MSS at each meeting and determine how to act on that business based on the policies of the AAFP and interests of AAFP student members
    • Research items of interest to family medicine, the AAFP, and its student members to bring an informed opinion to business discussion
    • Participate in a caucus of AAFP delegates to the AMA MSS, Resident Fellow Section, and Young Physician Section in preparation for the AMA Interim Meeting and the AMA Annual Meeting
    • Possibility of serving as an AAFP delegate to the AMA House of Delegates during one meeting each term

    Application Summary

    Candidates for this position are appointed by the AAFP Board of Directors at the recommendation of the AAFP Resident and Student Leadership Screening Committee.

    Required elements of the application include:

    • Completed application form (online)
    • Letter of Interest
    • Letter of support from faculty at your medical school
    • Participation form signed by medical school dean’s office
    • Support form completed by your AAFP chapter (state or constituent chapter)
    • Completed conflict of interest disclosure
    • Photo

    Letters and forms can be uploaded or requested through the online application system.  For detailed information on application materials, visit the How to Apply page. It is important to connect with your local AAFP Chapter as soon as possible to express your interest in this position, as some chapters have required processes that need to happen before applying. 

    Meet Current Student Leaders

    Read Annual Reports

    Questions? Contact AAFP leadership staff at getinvolved@aafp.org.

    Eligibility Criteria

    Applicants must be members of both the AAFP and the AMA at the time of application and meet eligibility criteria for both AAFP and AMA student membership through the course of the leadership term. The AMA requires medical student members to be enrolled at a Liaison Committee on Medical Education or American Osteopathic Association-accredited medical school. See AAFP student membership eligibility here, and AMA student membership eligibility here.

    Time commitment away from medical school: 12 days

    Funding: Travel expenses are reimbursed according to AAFP policy

    Meeting Schedule

    AMA Interim Meeting November 9 - 11, 2023 (option to extend to Nov. 14, 2023, to participate in HOD) National Harbor, Maryland
    AMA Annual Meeting June 6 - 8, 2024 (option to extend to June 12, 2024, to participate in HOD) Chicago, IL
    AAFP National Conference August 1 -3, 2024 Kansas City, MO