At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, national and regional organizations bring together medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved awareness, health access, and research for a myriad of causes and foundations. Please choose the organization you have interest in to learn more!
American Medical Association (AMA) American Medical Student Association (AMSA) American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) Christian Medical Student Association (formally CMDA) Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Pride Alliance at DGSOM/CDU
South Asian Medically-oriented Student Association (SAMoSA) Student National Medical Association (SNMA)
The American Medical Association (AMA) and California Medical Association (CMA) Chapter at UCLA DGSOM and CDU is the local chapter of the national AMA and state CMA. The AMA/CMA chapter is dedicated to informing our student body about leadership, health policy, and patient advocacy, as well as major contemporary medical issues at the regional, state, and national level. We pride ourselves on also transforming policy into action through important initiatives that improve access to high quality care in our local L.A. community, and resolutions for policy change at the state and national level. We have written and passed resolutions around preventing ICE from entering hospitals, anti-racism competencies in undergraduate medical education, and LGBTQI patient rights. As part of the AMA/CMA, we hope to cultivate a group of student leaders who can become effective advocates and public figures in the future. Students have the opportunity to attend the AMA National Meetings, CMA State Meetings, and network with prominent residents and physicians who are active policy makers and health services researchers.
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DGSOM AMSA aims to create a community of future physicians committed to advocacy and social responsibility. We fulfill our mission and the mission of UCLA medical student organizations by:
The American Medical Women's Association (AMWA) is local, national and international organization of over 10,000 students and physicians dedicated to empowering women to lead in the advancement of health for all through leadership, advocacy, education, expertise, community organization, mentoring and strategic alliances.
At the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, AMWA brings together the perspectives of medical students and faculty mentors to advocate for improved health access, women's health research, women's health education, violence prevention, and increased opportunities for all medical education, regardless of gender, race, socioeconomic status or sexual orientation. Through cooperative community projects, and policy efforts, the men and women of AMWA break down barriers to health and health education in the greater Los Angeles community. Through our selectives, trainings, networking and mentoring events, AMWA empowers the next generation of physicians to advance women's rights and human rights in the local and national realm, and sensitizes them to the unique psychosocial experiences of women relative to their health, and the health of their families.
Our specific goals are to:
The Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA) is a national organization of medical and pre-medical students committed to addressing the unique health challenges of Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) communities. APAMSA serves as a forum for student leaders to engage these health issues and develop initiatives and projects addressing those needs. The local, regional, and national activities of APAMSA aim to promote the health of the APIA community and help healthcare workers understand how to care for APIA patients in a culturally sensitive manner. Finally, APAMSA provides an important venue for medical students to meet, exchange experiences, and develop personally and professionally through leadership and service.
The goals of the CMSA are:
The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science is a network of students, alumni, and health professionals whose mission is to promote the development of Latino students through educational, volunteer, professional and networking opportunities to foster diversity, higher education, and the improvement of the Latino community.
The Pride Alliance at David Geffen School of Medicine is a social and support network for UCLA medical students, residents, and faculty who identify as part of the LGBTQIA+ spectrums and allies of equality in medicine. All who are interested in learning more are welcome!
South Asian Medically-oriented Student Association (SAMoSA) is an organization that aims to unify South Asian medical students across the United States. As a chapter of the national South Asian Medical Student Association, we hope to increase interest in and raise awareness of healthcare issues affecting South Asian communities locally and globally and to share the rich South Asian Culture with our peers at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. We also aim to provide support and guidance to medical students of South Asian descent as they enter the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. SAMoSA strives to establish relationships with physicians to gain valuable mentorship, collaborate with other student affinity groups to hold various community-building events, and organize various social and academic events throughout the year, such that students can learn about South Asian culture and health concerns. All students who are interested in learning about South Asian culture through a medical lens are welcome to join.
Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of underserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.
SNMA chapters based at allopathic and osteopathic medical schools throughout the nation, and some colleges, implement our programs and activities locally. SNMA programs are designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities and communities of color. In addition, SNMA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school.