Medical association representatives

The groups listed below are run by Alpert Medical School students and focus on representing our medical school at regional, national, and international conferences. They are funded by the Medical School Senate as well as the Patient Advocacy Coordinating Council.

If you would like to get in touch with any of these groups, please email for contact information.

American Medical Association

2013-2014 Leaders: Jason Bowman MD'16, Mohammed Elsayed MD'16, Austin Ha MD'16, Christine Krueger MD'16, Anshu Vaish MD'16

The AMA Medical Student Section (MSS) is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership, and promoting activism for the health of America. The AMA-MSS is the largest and most influential organization of medical students in the country. Members of our chapter have the opportunity to write resolutions about policy matters important to them and can travel (all expenses paid!) to AMA's biannual meetings in locations like San Diego and Honolulu to debate their resolutions.

Our chapter has been very active at the state and national level, with Alpert medical students serving on the Rhode Island Medical Society's (RIMS) executive board as well as the national AMA-MSS governing council. We also periodically host seminars on medical education, residency training, and medical practice. Additionally, our chapter is actively involved in community service throughout Rhode Island, for example the "AMA Miles for Healthier Lifestyles" program and the annual RIMS Bicycle Helmet Giveaway.

American Medical Student Association

2013-2014 Leaders: Toby Emanuel MD'16, Unikora Yang MD'16

Brown AMSA is a division of the student-governed national organization of the American Medical Student Association. AMSA is committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. In particular, Brown AMSA is committed to the following:

  • 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

  • Advancing the profession of medicine

Brown AMSA also cooperates with many other student groups, such as the Family Medicine Interest Group and the Pediatrics Interest Group, in order to achieve its mission. Some of the events that we host are National Primary Healthcare Week, Northeast Regional Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Conference, and HIV Awareness Week.

Asian Pacific-American Medical Students Association

2013-2014 Leaders: Nan Du MD'16, Austin Ha MD'16, David Huang MD'16, Stephanie Lee MD'16

The mission of the Asian Pacific-American Medical Students Association (APAMSA) is to promote awareness about health issues affecting Asian Americans and encourage an active involvement in dealing with those concerns. This includes raising awareness about health problems affecting Asian populations locally and nationally, volunteering in local health clinics, engaging in public policy discourse, and much more! We are looking for medical students interested in health issues affecting Asian populations in Rhode Island and improving the well-being of Asian communities in the United States.

Examples of ongoing and future events at our chapter:

  • Annual health screenings at New Year celebrations for the Asian communities (e.g. Cambodian, Laotian, Hmong, Chinese)
  • Hepatitis B awareness/education and screening
  • Nutrition class for Asian communities

Association of American Medical Colleges

2013-2014 Leaders: Peter Kaminski MD'15

The OSR (Organization of Student Representatives) represents the medical student body to the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). With 1 representative per each class, the OSR provides students with the chance to reach out to other medical schools for surveying purposes or general communications about major changes in medical education and medical student advocacy. Additionally, OSR representatives can serve on national committees alongside clinicians, representing medical students across the country in important policy initiatives oriented towards such topics as medical school admissions, the NRMP, and curriculum reform.

Latino Medical Students Association

2013-2014 Leaders: Jessica Borrell MD'16, David Douriez MD'16, Amanda Dowden MD'16, Amed Logrono MD'16, Caitlin Naureckas MD'16

The Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) is a national organization founded to represent, support, educate, and unify US Latino/a medical students. The Alpert Medical School chapter strives to work toward these objectives in an inclusive environment and encourages students from all backgrounds to join. More specifically, LMSA aims to fulfill its mission statement through:

  1. Involvement in community service for the purpose of improving the health of underserved communities.
  2. Creating a communication network for medical students, physicians and leaders in our community serving underserved populations.
  3. Supporting the efforts of other organizations committed to the improvement of healthcare access and quality of care.
  4. Establishing a support network that will help foster a sense of community among members.
  5. Helping in the development of future Latino leaders in medicine.

Student National Medical Association

2013-2014 Leaders: Natasha Coleman MD'16, Gregory Walker MD'16

The Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is the nation's oldest and largest student organization focused on the needs and concerns of medical students of color. 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 as well as to increasing the number of African-American, Latino, and other students of color entering and completing medical school. The Brown Chapter of SNMA works toward this goal through programs and initiatives such as community health fairs, diabetes screenings, bone marrow drives, Meet the Cadaver, an interactive tour of the anatomy lab for neighborhood high school students as well as through collaborations with medical residents/faculty of color and by supporting pipeline initiatives.