American Medical Association

The American Medical Association (AMA) represents medical students through their own democratic, policy-making body: the American Medical Association - Medical Student Section (AMA-MSS). 

Specifically, the Jacobs School of Medicine is a part of the New York chapter which is further abbreviated as MSSNY. Due to the large number of medical schools within New York, the AMA-MSSNY has strong lobbying power regarding national AMA policies and issues.

As members of the AMA-MSSNY, students have the opportunity to review critical issues related to medical education, medical policy, and the everyday practice of medicine. MSSNY presents students with the unique ability to lead major efforts from their local chapter.

Core Purpose

The AMA-MSS is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership and promoting activism for the health of America.

The University at Buffalo Chapter of AMA is a group of motivated students committed to help shape a better, healthier future, for patients and physicians, and for the country as a whole.

At our school, we provide numerous opportunities for members to become involved in community service, public health outreach, professional development, and policy activism.

Our events and/or tasks include:

  • MSSNY Policy Review
  • representing our school at National AMA Conferences
  • mentorship program at the Morey House Group Home
  • Doctors Back to School program volunteer opportunity for high school students in the city
  • community service events in the community at Elderwood Assisted Living
  • partnering with D-Link for Halloween party for diabetic kids
  • Miles for Healthier Lives bike-a-thon
  • Physical Exam Jam for premedical students

Envisioned Future

The AMA-MSS strives to be the medical students’ leading voice for improving medical education, advancing health care and advocating for the future of medicine.

The official mission of the AMA is to promote the art and science of medicine and the betterment of public health. AMA believes that there is a national imperative to chart a successful course for the improvement of health care delivery.

AMA embraces the need for change and believes physician leadership is critical to the successful evolution of health care in a patient focused delivery system. Join the movement today!


Your AMA membership allows you to:

  • network with medical students and professionals at your school and across the country
  • build your knowledge and keep it current. Full access to AMA publications is included
  • share your perspective and make a difference. Get involved in the work that matters to your profession
  • gain expert support to help you with your practice and your career
  • enjoy special savings on insurance, financial services, medical supplies, travel and more
  • get priority access to volunteering and events held for the UB chapter

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Medical Society of the State of New York

Medical Student Section

The Medical Society of the State of New York represents the interests of patients and physicians in an ongoing effort to assure quality health care services for all New Yorkers.

The Medical Society of the State of New York (MSSNY) is an organization of approximately 30,000 licensed physicians, medical residents and medical students in New York State. Members participate in both the state society and in their local county medical societies.

MSSNY is a non-profit organization committed to representing the medical profession as a whole and advocating health related rights, responsibilities and issues. MSSNY strives to promote and maintain high standards in medical education


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