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Student Organizations

Class Officer Responsibilities

Listed below are class office positions and a brief description of their responsibilities.  Most offices are only loosely defined.  This is because the success of student government depends primarily on the creativity and enthusiasm of the class officers. Student government helps students to cooperate in making the Emory Campus a vibrant, encouraging place to study.


The president must promote, coordinate, and assist in the efforts of other officers.  The president will in one capacity or another oversee most medical student activities.  Most importantly, the president serves as a representative.  The president should be available to listen to the concerns of fellow students and convey them to other medical school classes, the administration, the faculty, and other university organizations.  When members of the Emory University community wish to communicate with a class, they will usually do so through the class president.

Vice President 

The Vice President has a critical role of finding creative solutions to class issues.  The primary duties of the Vice President are to conduct fundraising activities for the class, arrange community service projects, or provide students with extra clinical experience.  The Vice President also joins the President in attending Medical Student Advisory Committee meetings and Student Government Association meetings.


Each class in the School of Medicine has its own account in which it keeps money received from MSAC, as well as money generated by fundraising efforts.  The treasurer is responsible for issuing checks for this account to pay for class activities.  In addition, the treasurer prepares and submits a budget to MSAC in order to receive funds for next year. 


The secretary takes care of class business that requires signup sheets, rosters, announcements, or elections.  This role is essential in keeping student government organized and effective.

Curriculum Committee Course Reps

Each semester, each class elects course representatives to act as intermediaries between the class members and the course directors.

Sports Chairs

Intramural sports are very competitive at Emory and the School of Medicine fields a number of excellent teams.  Sports chairs post roster signup sheets, register the teams with the Emory athletics office, and announce game times over Learnlink conferences.  Sports chairs usually delegate the responsibility of managing individual teams to team captains.

Social Chairs

Social Chairs work very diligently to provide fellow students with healthy options to unwind from the rigors of medical education. Social Chairs can coordinate mixers, parties, games, movie nights or other activities in which students can relax and have fun.

Honor Council Representatives

Each class elects representatives serves on the Honor Council.  Representatives are responsible for understanding the Honor Code, serving as class contact for Honor Code concerns and issues, and addressing any Honor Code violations.  Honor Council Reps are also expected to take proactive measures to prevent violation of the Honor Code.

Technology Representatives

Each class elects representatives to address technical issues and provide technical assistance to members of the class and faculty.  Tech Reps are expected to be in class every day and will field questions and suggestions from the class about technology needs throughout the year.

Building Representatives

Each class elects representatives to act as liaison between the School of Medicine student body and the School of Medicine administration to resolve issues related to the building and building maintenance.  Building Reps for the first-year class are responsible for the maintenance of the Student Lounge and the Student Lounge Kitchen.

Class Archivist

The Class Archivist is expected to attend class, school events, and social events to collect pictures for use in school publicity campaigns, special events, and the senior yearbook.

University Senate

The elective membership of the University Senate includes nine student members, elected for one-year terms, with eligibility for no more than two successive terms.  The members are chosen from full-time students in good standing.  The Schools of Nursing, Law, Theology, and Business Administration each have a student representative on the University Senate every other year, so that there are three students from these schools each year.  The Office of Student Affairs regularly appoints one representative to the University Senate from the sophomore class for the medical student body.

Student Government Association (SGA)

The governing body for student activities at Emory University is the Student Government Association (SGA).  Student legislative power is vested in the student legislature of the SGA, to which the student body of each school elects members according to a formula based on enrollment.  The formula calls for election of one legislator for each 200 full-time students enrolled and for an additional legislator for any fraction thereof over one-half.  Thus, the School of Medicine has two student representatives on the SGA legislature.  These students are elected from the first and second year classes, respectively, for one-year terms. 

Each elected representative must be approved by the Student Advisory Council of the School of Medicine (MSAC - see below).  The SGA constitution states that it is the responsibility of all students of Emory University to obey the honor/conduct code of their respective schools and of the University.  All University student organizations must apply to SGA for charter.

Medical Student Advisory Council (MSAC)

MSAC is composed of twelve medical student members as follows: the presidents and vice presidents of each of the four medical school classes; two medical school representatives to the SGA legislature, one each from the freshman and sophomore medical school classes; and, two direct MSAC representatives, one each from the junior and senior medical school classes.  This council of medical students, established by the student body of the School of Medicine, represents student interests, establishes student policy, promotes channels of communication between students, faculty, and administration of the School, and presents student opinion to the University community and the community-at-large. 

MSAC oversees the election of officers in all four classes in the medical school.  Officers of the rising sophomore, junior, and senior classes are elected in the spring semester; those of the freshman class are elected a few weeks into the fall semester.

MSAC also functions as the budget regulatory agent of the SGA in that any SGA funds allocated to a chartered organization composed of medical students must be approved by the MSAC of the School of Medicine before said funds may be utilized.

All student activities within the School of Medicine depend on the actions and decisions of the Medical Student Advisory Council.  MSAC is a branch of the Emory University Student Government Association (SGA).  In addition to regular tuition, students pay a Student Activity Fee to Emory, and a portion of this money is allocated by the SGA to MSAC.  MSAC, in turn, is responsible for allocating this money to medical student groups and projects.  Each class elects four students to join the President and Vice President in representing them in MSAC.  MSAC convenes monthly to discuss new projects, the progress of previously funded projects, and approved budgets for medical student organizations.  In addition, first year members of MSAC attend SGA meetings and the second year members attend Graduate Student Council meetings.

American Medical Association/Medical Student Section (AMA/MSS)

The AMA is the largest medical society in the US and functions to represent the best interests of its members in different means.  In addition to receiving a subscription to JAMA, membership in the Medical Student Section of this organization allows participation in national legislative decisions through state and national conferences.  Emory’s chapter also works to benefit the school and the community through sponsorship of annual benefits for various causes. The Emory chapter of the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) was established in 1951, and its members have taken an active part in addressing problems specific to medical education and health care at both the local and the national level. AMSA is a national organization run by and for medical students, comprising local chapters at various medical schools who sponsor lectures and community projects.  The New Physician magazine is distributed by the national organization that focuses on topics geared specifically toward medical student concerns across the nation.

Alpha Omega Alpha

Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society (AOA) - AOA is the only national medical honor society and has an active chapter at Emory.  Election to AOA is a distinction that accompanies a physician throughout his/her career.  Members can be elected as students, house officers, alumni, or faculty of an affiliated institution or on an honorary basis because of distinguished achievement in any field.  Chapter members elect undergraduate students who are in the junior or senior year of medical school.  Criteria for election include scholastic excellence (top ¼ of the class), integrity, and capacity for leadership, compassion, and fairness in dealing with one’s colleagues.  The number elected may not exceed one-sixth of those expected to be graduated. 

The American Association Of Physicians Of Indian Origin (AAPI)

The AAPI, medical student section, is a student organization that promotes Indian culture, traditions, and awareness. AAPI at Emory provides a channel of networking, support, and open communication among its members, residents, and young physicians in the area. Everyone is welcome to participate in educational, social, and cultural events sponsored by AAPI

Big Sib/Little Sib Program couples with the Annual Deans/Society Picnic

The Big Sib program is designed to help incoming first-year students by pairing them with rising second-year students who have just completed the first year of medical school. The program has now evoloved into "familes" with siblings within a Society spanning all four years. A tradition of a Society/Deans POT LUCK Picnic happens annually that includes all four years in the festivities. The highlight of recent years has been the Executive Associate Dean of Medical Education & Student Affairs and SOM faculty grilling for the students.

Business And Medicine Club (BMC)

The BMC promotes leadership, communication, negotiation, and organizational skills as essential qualities for practicing physicians and is dedicated to furthering these skills in its members and peers. The BMC holds that teamwork and customer service are integral facets of the medical sector while simultaneously valuing the autonomy of the individual physician and the complexity of the medical sector as a whole. The club promotes exposing medical students to the forces that determine how health care services are provided in the United States. The BMC also strives to ease the transition from college graduate to medical student to practicing physician.

Christian Medical And Dental Association (CMDA)

The CMDA is a national organization that serves as a voice and ministry for Christian doctors. The local chapter provides opportunities for Christian fellowship and service while working to foster spiritual growth and build the community of Christians in health care.

Executive Curriculum Committee (ECC CLASS REP)

The purpose of the Executive Curriculum Committee is to monitor and evaluate the achievement of the objectives of the School of Medicine for medical student education.  Responsibilities include curriculum coordination, ongoing review and oversight of curriculum, analysis and solution of problems arising in the curriculum, and development of policy for medical student education.  Committee membership includes both faculty and student representatives. Class Representatives are selected by faculty committee through an application process that occurs the fall of every year. Each course and clerkship has a student elected as class representative who interacts on behalf of the class with the course or clerkship director concerning problems or suggestions pertaining to that specific course or clerkship.  Each class then has one representative who sits on the Executive Curriculum Committee to whom each of those class representatives reports.  There is no specified term for students who sit on the ECC.

Emergency Medicine Interest Group

This group of medical students is interested in a career in emergency medicine. The club allows medical students to explore their options in the field by organizing events and opportunities to shadow, participate in research, and network with faculty.

Emory Family Practice Association (EFPA)

EFPA offers free membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians for one year. Members receive subscriptions to American Family Physician, AAFP Reporter, and other materials concerning the career options of family medicine.

Emory Medical Women's Association

EMWA was organized by women students in the school and has been chartered by the University SGA.  EMWA is a nationally affiliated organization dedicated to service and promotion of unity within the Emory medical community.  The Emory Medical Women's Association (EMWA), open to women students, faculty members, and house staff affiliates, provides a forum for issues of concern to women in medicine and offers a network of personal and professional support among this group of individuals. Some of the goals of EMWA are promotion of leadership opportunities for women, interaction with other women physicians, and increased camaraderie among fellow students.

Emory University Medical And Resident Alumni Association

The purpose of the Medical and Resident Alumni Association is to further the general interests of the School of Medicine, to promote closer ties among medical alumni, to garner financial and other support for the school, to advance the cause of medical education, and to improve the standards of medicine. Membership includes: all persons who have received a doctor of medicine degree from Emory; all persons who have successfully completed a residency or fellowship training program conducted by Emory faculty; and all faculty of Emory University School of Medicine who have held a fulltime appointment for a total of five years.

The Association is represented by a twelve-member Executive Committee who serve rotating two- or three-year terms. Its role is to represent our alumni, to be advocates for Emory School of Medicine in our communities, to assist in gaining support for the school, and to communicate the strengths and needs of the Emory School of Medicine.The Medical and Resident Alumni Association encourages financial support from Emory alumni for scholarship, departmental support, and special capital projects. Alumni contribute through the Annual Fund.

For more information contact the Office of Alumni Relations, Emory University School of Medicine, Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, 1648 Pierce Drive NE, Suite 305, Atlanta, Georgia 30322.

Emory Med Alliance

The mission of Emory Med Alliance (EMA) is to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students, staff, and faculty at Emory University School of Medicine. EMA consists of LGBT medical students and allies who celebrate diversity at Emory by providing support, resources, and a friendly community for LGBT medical students. EMA works to educate medical professionals of LGBT concerns, as well as look for ways to alleviate health disparities in the LGBT community.

Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG)

The FMIG is composed of students interested in primary care and family medicine including those who are considering a career as family physicians. Throughout the year the group organizes activities (e.g., Suture Clinic) and invites speakers for lunchtime and evening talks. There are opportunities for participation on state and national levels such as attending national conferences.

Emory Family Practice Association (EFPA)

The EFPA offers free membership in the American Academy of Family Physicians for one year.  Members receive subscriptions to American Family Physician, AAFP Reporter, and other materials concerning the career option of Family Practice.

Geriatrics Interest Group

This group, created by the strong student interest in aging as a result of the Emory Reynolds Geriatric Program, offers didactic activities, journal clubs, and projects where students have an opportunity to perform screening assessments on older adults and work with the Wesley Woods Geriatric Center. Former members from the American Federation for Aging Research scholars program have joined its Medical Student Advisory group.

Health Outreach Program At Emory (HOPE)

Emory medical students created Project HOPE to give themselves the opportunity to participate in a variety of community health efforts and to continue a tradition of volunteerism among medical students that dates back many years. The project has representatives from each class, with a core of about fifty students who volunteer periodically at local health clinics and homeless shelters. HOPE volunteers also have helped organize local health fairs and health education programs. HOPE is a student-run organization that provides volunteer opportunities to medical school students who wish to become involved in the community through homeless shelters and medical clinics.  These activities include the DeKalb Grady Clinic, the Winter Homeless Shelter, The Jefferson Clinic, and the Boys & Girls Club.

Health Students Taking Action Together (H-STAT)

This group creates a statewide community of students in the health professions and engages them in education, activism, and service. H-STAT students were instrumental in providing community support in the challenges surrounding Grady Hospital.

Innovative Technologies For Medicine

This group was begun in August 2003 to increase awareness of unique, innovative developments in medical technology and therapies at Emory University as well as at neighboring schools such as Georgia Tech. This student-based medical organization consists of a central planning body of approximately thirty members.

Media Council

The Media Council regulates all student publications.

Medical School Admissions Committee

The Medical School Admissions Committee allows medical students the opportunity to volunteer for service by interviewing applicants and conducting tours of campus and/or providing lodging. Junior medical students are invited to volunteer for service on committees interviewing applicants.  Seniors may also serve as needed.  Two juniors or seniors are scheduled for each interview day and serve as guides to selected medical school facilities for the applicants interviewed on that day.  All arrangements for this are handled through the Office of Admissions.

Medical Student Advisory Council

The Medical Student Advisory Council (MSAC) is composed of the presidents and vice presidents of the four medical student classes as well as the four elected representatives of the school to the Student Government Association. The council represents student interests, establishes monetary budgeting, establishes student policy, promotes channels of communication among students, faculty and administration, and presents student opinion to the University community and the community at large.

Medical Students For Choice

Medical Students for Choice is a nationwide organization founded in 1993 to ensure that women continue to have access to the full range of reproductive options. The Emory chapter organizes lectures and events to supplement the curriculum in the area of reproductive health care and abortion.

Organization Of Student Representatives (OSR) Of The Aamc

The OSR functions as a student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges.  One representative from each of the four classes at Emory is appointed by the Dean to serve in this capacity.  The Executive Associate Dean for Medical Education makes the final choice from applications of students who wish to serve.  Two OSR meetings are held each year, one regional and one national, for which student representatives are expected to attend.

Physicians For Social Responsibility

This is a national organization with international affiliates and a chapter at Emory whose goal is to develop social consciousness. Lunchtime forums with guest speakers focus on social issues surrounding the practice of medicine.

Pregnancy Partnership Program

The Pregnancy Partnership Program is open to all medical students to provide support and education for pregnant mothers and to strengthen the relationship between medical students and the community. Medical students are paired with a pregnant mother and serve as friends and as part of their support system. They accompany their partners to prenatal visits and attend her delivery. They also have lunchtime talks that are led by experienced professionals centering on issues such as breastfeeding, nutrition, safe sex, childcare, labor and delivery, and long-term planning.

Recognizing And Encouraging Aspirations In Community Health (REACH)

This is a student-run, grants-awarding initiative that promotes medical student interest in community health by financially supporting students interested in pursuing summer opportunities and projects in community health (both domestically and abroad), public health, and health policy who are not currently funded by the School of Medicine. In addition to raising funds, the group sponsors the annual REACH Awards Ceremony to recognize the achievements of health professionals and students who have had a significant impact on community health on a local, state, national, or international level.

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

The SNMA is a national organization of African American, Native American, and Hispanic American medical and premedical students. The organization was established in recognition of the need to increase medical student awareness of and sensitivity to health care issues of the nation in general and of minority and indigent communities in particular. The Emory chapter has been exceptionally active in the past few years, hosting regional meetings.

Wilderness Medical Society

The Wilderness Medical Society is a national organization with an Emory chapter. Students and health care professionals are eligible for membership. Activities include lectures on wilderness medicine, wilderness outings, and trips to national conferences. The group promotes activities or programs concerned with life sciences that can improve the scientific knowledge of the membership and the general public in matters related to wilderness environments and human activities in these environments