A description for each committee can be found below. This information will also be available on your application when you must indicate your top three committee choices. Once you are placed in a committee, that will be your committee for both Fall and Spring semesters. It is important to choose a committee that you are interested in, because it makes the AMSA experience more enriching and rewarding.
Arts in Medicine (AIM)
Arts in Medicine is a close-knit group designed to supplement its members’ medical education with music, dance, writing, art, and innovation. You do not have to know how to draw to join AiM! The committee welcomes all individuals with a passion for creativity, with talents ranging from musicians to photographers to simply being great at event planning. AiM is involved in art therapy at Shands, planning projects and making art kits to help recovering patients, as well as major fundraisers like Relay for Life, which benefits the American Cancer Society. AiM also hosts the annual Charity Showcase, where local talents perform to help raise money for our focus project.
Emergency Medicine (EM)
Emergency medicine is the medical specialty dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of unforeseen illness or injury. It is a broad field, encompassing all body systems in a unique area of medicine. The Emergency Medicine Committee is dedicated to promoting interest in emergency and military medicine among premedical students and puts on events like CPR training and casting clinics each year.
The Events Directors plan and host all of the General AMSA events throughout the year. These include fundraisers so we can continue to offer quality programs to all of our members and socials so that members can get to know each other. In addition, UF Premed AMSA is dedicated to supporting our students in their journey to become health professionals. To help guide them on this journey, we organize our Peer Mentor/Mentee program to match AMSA freshmen and sophomores with upper-division students. They are always looking for new and innovative event ideas, so if you have any please let the directors know.
Futures in Health Professions (FIHP)
Futures in Health Professions is the committee within AMSA that is responsible for our annual Health Career Convention (HCC). This convention is a way for AMSA to reach out to Florida high school students who are interested in the healthcare field. Each year the committee invites high schools from all over Florida to attend our convention, where they offer information, advice, hands on experience and contact with esteemed professionals from all different health disciplines. The committee starts planning for this convention five months in advance and each member is expected to participate and be involved in its production. In addition, FiHP is also focused on helping and inspiring the underprivileged students in our area so that they may excel in school and understand the importance of their education. Members of this committee volunteer at a local elementary school each week as tutors and mentors to the students in the after school care program. Other events that FiHP provides throughout the year include volunteering in the UF Wilmot Healing Gardens in the Shand’s Medical Plaza, FUNdraisers for the convention, plenty of socials, and more!
Global Health (GH)
Global Health targets international health-related problems and proactively works toward solutions. Global Health serves internationally as medical relief in developing nations with significant need through donations and volunteer efforts, particularly through our yearly Medical Mission Trip to a nation in need. Locally, this committee serves as a setting to advocate and forward global relief efforts. This committee will address global health issues by participating in Medishare, global health awareness tabling, and a medical trip over summer break. Health issues are specifically addressed in this committee, as it will be the main focus.
Health Disparities in Medicine (HDM)
The Health Disparities in Medicine Committee focuses on educating members on the differences in quality and accessibility of health care amongst disadvantaged populations in the United States of America. These groups include racial and ethnic minorities, women, children, the elderly, and persons with disabilities. HDM discusses some of the most controversial issues currently facing the medical field, such as abortion and women’s rights, stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, health care policy and funding, control of disease epidemics, use and abuse of pharmaceuticals, and public health and government intervention. Past events have included organized debates, forums, and discussions on a variety of these issues. Ultimately, the goal of HDM is to inform members about politics and ethics as they relate to medicine, and to have them emerge with more balanced and worldly perspectives that will enhance their decision-making ability as future health professionals.
Health Outreach and Education (HOE)
Health Outreach and Education is a volunteer committee at its finest. Our mission is to address the needs of our community by reaching out to the elderly, children, homeless, and ill, by building meaningful relationships and rewarding/heartfelt experiences. Our committee strives to provide members with opportunities to learn about the vital health-care environment while building leadership development for the best future physicians. The Health Outreach and Education committee offers opportunities for members to aid and support the community through hands-on medical experience and the promotion of health awareness. Some projects include: campus presentations, volunteering with Habitat for Humanity, St. Francis house, and many more.
Light the Night (LTN)
Working in direct conjunction with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS), Light the Night is a committee dedicated to fundraising towards lifesaving research and support for people battling blood cancers. The LLS hosts an annual Light the Night Walk which is a main event in the fall that brings the community of Gainesville, visitors, and the campus together for a great cause. Members are delegated to a variety of tasks such as creating campus awareness, finding vendors, managing event volunteers, recruiting walk teams, and planning the actual event.
Medical College Forum (MCF)
Each spring, medical school representatives from around the country gather to form one of Florida’s largest medical school fairs, the Medical College Forum. The Medical College Forum Committee emphasizes the organization of this event. The fall consists of preparations for the forum as well as learning about the individual schools that will be attending. This committee is also dedicated to volunteer work and local fundraisers to raise money for the forum. In the spring this committee focuses entirely on the forum. The forum consists of a medical student panel and small group sessions with the deans and directors of each medical school. Committee members play an integral role in overseeing the individual group sessions, where each member has the opportunity to meet and directly converse with deans and directors of admissions of various medical schools. It is a phenomenal event with fantastic opportunities for members.
Mental Health (MH)
With more than 25% of Americans suffering from a diagnosable mental illness every year, the ability of clinicians to identify, treat, and appropriately refer patients is of utmost importance. Regardless of medical specialty, mental health issues will play a significant role in your future career as a doctor and have a significant impact on the long-term health of your patients. One of the goals of the mental health committee is to provide a forum for discussion of mental health topics. The mental health committee is perfect for those interested in pursuing a career in psychology, psychiatry, or neurology.
Medical Technology (MT)
The medical technology committee is all about exposing its members to the different technology that is used in medicine today. Their favorite way of accomplishing this is getting its members into Shands to see this state-of-the-art technology first hand. Some tours held in the past have shown students STAN, the robotic patient simulator that anesthesiologists practice on, MRI machines, a hyperbaric chamber, and ShandsCair, the helicopter Shands uses to bring in certain trauma patients. Every year, the committee brings some of these back and tries to get a hold of as many new, similar types of opportunities as they can. In addition to all of this, the committee holds social events for its members periodically, ranging from an educational stance, like a luncheon accompanied by student assembled presentations on current medical technology, to events that are just for fun, such as dinner with the committee.
Primary Care Committee (PCC)
Primary care is the foundation of the world’s most effective health care systems and is vital to U.S. health care reform. The goals of this committee are to introduce students to the diverse scope, settings, and patient populations that primary care addresses. In addition, special topics in medicine such as sexuality, spirituality, and the role of physicians in community and public health will be discussed. Activities include various volunteer opportunities such as the American Heart Association’s Heart Walk. The most exciting and popular activity is the yearly medical service trip. Each year students spend a week in the Dominican Republic providing care for patients. The committee also has an array of social activities such as our holiday cookie exchange and cookouts at Lake Wauburg.
Pediatric Interest Committee (PIC)
The Pediatric Interest Committee aims to promote the health and well-being of children while exposing members to the pediatric field in a fun and educational way. Members will be able to experience direct interaction with children in a variety of volunteering opportunities including Camp Boggy Creek, Noah’s Endeavor, Sidney Lanier, and UF Health Pediatric Units. The goal of this committee is to expose members to as many enjoyable opportunities as possible while continuing to grow and share our love for the field of pediatrics and children. This committee also hosts Fall Festival and oversees AMSA’s participation in Dance Marathon and Gators March for Babies. Directors for PIC will serve as AMSA’s Dance Marathon Delegates.
Public Relations Committee (PRC)
This committee is in charge of promoting AMSA on campus through flyer distribution, tabling, and recruitment of new members. These directors work on the AMSA scrapbook, life lines, and advertisements, as well as take pictures at all of our events. In addition, they are the link between AMSA and other student organizations on campus. They interact with other pre-health and nonpre-health organizations to promote AMSA and pre-health opportunities. Directors of this committee MUST be here for the summer. If you have ideas for the scrapbook, slideshows, or other media activities, this is the committee for you!
Sports and Preventative Medicine (SAP)
The goal of this committee is to introduce members to the different aspects of sports and preventative medicine, such as injury prevention, recovery, lifestyle improvement, and performance enhancement in individuals. It places emphasis on the importance of nutrition and physical fitness in reducing risk for chronic diseases such as diabetes, obesity, and cardiovascular disease. The committee will work in conjunction with the FRUVED research project in promoting healthy eating and physical activity on campus through a series of activities targeting at risk freshman. Other events include volunteering at the local garden and the food pantry on campus. In addition, opportunities to hear from nutritionists, dietitians, and fellow doctors will be arranged. This committee is also responsible for organizing team sports within AMSA. So gear up and get your game face on!