Medical Student Section Governing Council

Position Name School
Chair Shilpi Sharma MSU
Vice Chair Nick Ang OUWB
Rep to the MSMS Board of Directors Tabitha Moses WSU
Secretary Serena Bidwell UM
Rep to the AMA HoD Mara Darian WSU
Alternative Rep to the AMA HoD Ashton Lewandowski Wayne
Director of Community Service Leah Rotenbakh OUWB
Director of Advocacy Preeth Ghosh Wayne

Contact Information

Any questions regarding the MSMS Medical Student Section may be addressed to Carrie Wheeler at 517-336-5723.


Dear Medical Student:

I hope you will join the American Medical Association (AMA), the Michigan State Medical Society (MSMS), and your County Medical Society (CMS). Your membership will provide a plethora of opportunities for leadership, networking, community service, and political advocacy.

Being a member of the AMA, MSMS, and your CMS means being involved from the national level to your own medical campus. Your opportunities to participate range from leading bioethics lunch talks at your school to organizing a charity drive for the state to advocating for national policy change. At all levels, from your school to your county, state, regional, and national levels, you have the opportunity to network and form relationships with fellow students and physicians that will last long after your medical school career. Unlike other student organizations, you can remain a member for the rest of your life!

One of the most exciting ways to get involved in organized medicine is to attend a local, state, or national meeting, where you can learn about topics in health care, debate the issues, and influence AMA/MSMS policy. You can even craft new policy yourself! Each year, many students from medical schools across our state of Michigan, including several M1s, write resolutions that are accepted as new policy at the state and national levels. These student resolutions go on and help direct our AMA/MSMS policy agenda and lobbying priorities. (As an extra incentive, resolutions also count as peer-reviewed publications!)

I can only begin to scratch the surface of the opportunities for our members. For only one payment of $88, you get a four-year membership to the AMA, the Michigan State Medical Society, and your county medical society. Even ignoring the benefits listed above, when you consider the free/subsidized travel to conferences, the scholarship opportunities, and the free subscription to JAMA (not to mention the Netters flash cards, Boards & Beyond Digital subscription, or First Aid for the USMLE Step 1 Guide), the membership more than pays for itself!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask! We look forward to meeting you at AMA/MSMS/CMS events!


Shilpi Sharma
Michigan State University, College of Human Medicine
Chair, MSMS Medical Student Section



Related Links

American Medical Association - Medical Students Section
The AMA is the nation's leader in promoting professionalism in medicine and setting standards for medical education, practice,and ethics. Learn more about our mission and how it is accomplished. 

Medical Opportunities in Michigan
Michigan Opportunities in Michigan (MOM) is a free service of the Michigan Health Council, a nonprofit organization established in 1943. MOM helps physicians and physician assistants connect with the Michigan communities and health care employers that need them.