Boonshoft Chapters of National Organizations

The Boonshoft School of Medicine hosts active chapters to several national medical associations ranging from honor and service societies to advocacy groups.


American Medical Association

Founded over 150 years ago, the AMA's strategic agenda remains rooted in our historic commitment to standards, ethics, excellence in medical education and practice, and advocacy on behalf of the medical profession and the patients it serves. AMA's work includes the development and promotion of standards in medical practice, research, and education; a strong advocacy agenda on behalf of patients and physicians; and a commitment to providing accurate, timely information and discourse on matters important to the health of America. The AMA strives to serve as the voice of the American medical profession. Being that voice is our mission.

Our members, who are our most valuable resource, address the changes that surround them in today's health care environment through the debates that occur at annual and semi-annual House of Delegates meetings. The end result is the creation of policies that direct AMA's immediate work activities, as well as provide progress toward reaching our long-term vision. As a member of AMA you will receive the Journal of the American Medical Association, as well as discounts on books and other learning material. Usually, the AMA gives out free Netter's Atlas Flashcards (for the iPod) to new members during the activity fair in orientation week. There is a fee for joining this organization.

American Medical Student Association

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with nearly a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950 to provide medical students a chance to participate in organized medicine, AMSA began under the auspices of the American Medical Association. Starting in 1960, the association refocused its energies on the problems of the medically underserved, inequities in our health-care system, and related issues in medical education. Since 1968, AMSA has been a fully independent student organization.

Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of nearly 30,000 medical students, pre-medical students, interns and residents from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health. There is a fee for joining this organization. Netter's Atlas of Human Anatomy is the free gift you will receive as a new member (learn more during orientation).

For more information, visit the National AMSA Web Site.

Catholic Medical Student Association

The Catholic Medical Student Association (CMSA) is committed to learning more about the authentic Catholic faith, and how it specifically applies to the calling of being a medical student and a physician. CMSA fosters ecumenical understanding between Catholics and all other Christians, as well as people of different faiths; promoting relationships which build a faithful and close community in medicine. As an affiliate of the national Catholic Medical Association, our mission is to support fellowship and friendship with other medical students and physicians of similar background, while discovering the joy, beauty, and rationality of our faith. The events and community found within CMSA offer the guidance needed to integrate the Catholic faith into the journey of becoming a committed physician.

Christian Medical Association

CMA sponsors guest speakers from the community who address a variety of medical concerns and/or share their personal experiences, focusing on issues of health care and how to incorporate their faith into medical careers. Parties and other social events are also planned throughout the year. CMA welcomes all medical students who share a faith in Christ or who are interested in discovering the Christian life. Members are happy to help you find a local church if you haven't already found one. The meetings and times of fellowship are open to all.

Gay and Lesbian Medical Association — Dayton Affiliates

This is a social and support group for gay and lesbian medical students and physicians which holds monthly meetings. The aim of this group is to deal with the social and professional problems that confront medical professionals who are gay, lesbian or bisexual and to address issues of prejudice and fear that exist within the medical community towards gay colleagues and patients. Monthly meetings vary from open rap sessions to potluck get-togethers, fostering a feeling of cohesiveness and support. For information, contact Robert Brandt, M.D., (937) 208-7070, Cynthia Olsen, M.D., at (937) 767-6965; or Mary White, Ph.D., at (937) 775-3167. Anonymity is assured.