The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and healthcare 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, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.
We have two medical school visits this semester! We are going to UMC on April 1st and Vanderbilt on April 15th. Vanderbilt will be an overnight trip. Remember, you must have come to two stadium cleanups to be able to attend your first visit and one stadium cleanup for each subsequent visit. If you came to enough stadium cleanups, the trips will be free. The dress code for both of these visits is business casual – that means no blue jeans! Guys should preferably wear khakis or nice pants, a button-down shirt, and a tie. Girls, you probably know what to do. If you have any questions, send us an email!
For the UMC trip, we will meet on April 1st at 6:45 a.m. and will leave at 7:00 a.m. We will meet in front of the Hump in the parking lot facing the Sanderson Center. If you didn’t come to enough stadium cleanups, you can still come, but you will have to pay $10 to help cover the cost of gas. We should be back in Starkville by 4:00 p.m.
For the Vanderbilt trip, we will meet on April 15th at 5:45 a.m. and will leave at 6:00 a.m. We will meet in the same place. We will be staying in Nashville Friday night and then driving back to Starkville on Saturday. If you didn’t come to enough stadium cleanups, you will have to pay to go on the trip. The estimate now is around $70. You will receive more information in a later email.
AMSA t-shirts are available for $10 to anyone who would like one! A picture is available on our website.
We will be having officer elections on April 19th. If you would like to nominate yourself or someone else, send us an email. You will need to give a speech. You will receive an email with descriptions of the job positions and what the speech should be about soon.
Our next meeting will be April 14th at 7 p.m. in McCool 100. Dr. Steven Case, the Associate Dean at UMC and a member of the Admissions Committee, will be speaking to us about filling out the AMCAS application. Anyone who will be filling out the AMCAS this summer should make every effort to come, as this will be a very helpful presentation!
This past Thursday, Mrs. Rosalyn Campbell came to speak to us about the Physician Shadowing Program at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. This is a very good program that provides shadowing experience to students. More information can be found in an online PDF at http://www.nmhs.net/documents/PhysicianShadowing.pdf .
This is the program’s 11th year.
This program allows you to see the day-to-day lives of doctors and helps prepare you for medical school.
There are 2 three-week sessions in the summer – one in June and one in July. Six students are selected for each session, and 30 – 40 students typically apply.
If you are accepted into the program, you are hired (and paid minimum wage). You also get a lab jacket with your name on it! For the first two weeks, everyone goes on rotations in the same specialties. The third week, you are able to choose 3 specialty doctors. You also shadow ER doctors at the end of your third week. This program is only observational– you will not be performing procedures!
To apply, you must fill out an employment application, write an essay, send your college transcripts, take part in a one-on-one interview, and submit two letters of recommendation.
The application can be found online at nmhs.net/employment. Select North Mississippi Health Services, and the option Physician shadower should be available. Complete this application.
The deadline is April 20th.
Mrs. Campbell already conducted the interviews here at MSU; however, if you would like to have an interview, submit everything by April 10th and send Mrs. Campbell an email saying you would like to have an interview. (Send us an email too and let us know so we can help coordinate things if needed). If Mrs. Campbell receives enough people asking for interviews, she has offered to come back down for another round of interviews. However, if there aren’t enough people, you will likely have to go to Tupelo for an interview.
If you don’t get in your first year, reapply next year.