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Welcome to the COC Chapter of AMSA

Intro to Amsa:


   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.


The C.O.C. Charter:


    The College of the Canyons has its very own A.M.S.A. club runned by pre-medical students on their jouney to reach the medical field. Here students work together on team building events and activities that will show leadership and comment to the medical feild. At AMSA, activism is a way of life. Student idealism is transformed into meaningful public service, innovation and institutional change.  








   The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) was founded in 1950, as the Student American Medical Association (SAMA), under the auspices of the American Medical Association (AMA). The main purpose of the organization was to provide medical students a chance to participate in organized medicine.

   The late 1960’s saw dramatic changes in the organization's objectives and philosophy and in 1967 SAMA cut ties from the AMA and became independent and student-governed. The organization began to take a stand on more socio-medical issues, such as civil rights, universal health care and Vietnam.

   SAMA quickly became a leader in medical education reform. In 1968, the SAMA Joint Commission on Medical Education, made up of students and medical educators, proposed numerous reforms and model curricula to make medical education more responsive to community needs. SAMA also helped to introduce the original Family Practice Act of 1970 and testified in support of legislation establishing and later expanding the National Health Service Corps.

  In 1975, the organization changed its name to the American Medical Student Association (AMSA), in order to clarify its separation from the AMA. It also saw the election of the first woman president.                                               


   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, premedical students, interns, residents and post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.




   As the world becomes more integrated and mobile, the need for a health care workforce to reflect our society grows more acute. AMSA’s independence was fueled by the civil rights era and continues today in advocacy for culturally-appropriate care, underrepresented providers in medicine, and admission criteria that do not disadvantage those from different backgrounds.




 The College of the Canyons Charter of A.M.S.A. has developed their own constitution. This constitution can be found at our Downloads Tab labeled AMSA constitution. The file contains information regarding officer duties, and guidelines to follow in times of need. Feel free to download this at any time and bring forth any discrepancies you may have. 

   When medical students come together in AMSA, we have power - the power to enhance our well-being, protect the integrity of our profession, and advance the health of our patients. Explore AMSA and how you can get involved and make a difference in medicine, in your community and in your own life.

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