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American Medical Association/Mississippi State Medical Association (AMA/MSMA)

Purpose: To provide medical students at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine opportunity for participation in the activities of the Mississippi State Medical Association and American Medical Association through adherence to the following principles:

  • to introduce to medical students the opportunities and advantages present in organized medicine at local and national levels
  • to involve medical students in addressing the problems of public health, medical education, and health care delivery and to provide a forum for the discussion and dissemination of relevant information.


  • President: Kandice Bailey
  • Vice president: Drew Desrosiers
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Bobby May
  • Community outreach chair: Savannah Walker
  • Delegate: Sara Bolen-Parker

Advisor: Dr. Sharon Douglas

American Medical School Association (AMSA)

Purpose: The American Medical Student Association is committed to improving health care and health care 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 post-MD/DO trainees; and advancing the profession of medicine.


  • President: Michelle Wheeler
  • Vice president: Osasu Adah
  • Treasurer: John Hanson

Advisor: Dr. Jerry Clark

American Medical Women's Association (AMWA)

Purpose: To bring together those in medicine and health-related fields to promote women's health and to support members' professional and personal development.


  • President: Ashley Pickering
  • Vice president: Saumya Goel
  • Treasurer: Katrina Johnson
  • Secretary: Kim Zachow
  • M2 class rep: Savannah Mitchell
  • M3 class rep: Morgan Davis
  • M4 class rep: Anindita Hassan
  • Membership coordinator: Nicole Novotny
  • Outreach coordinator: Erin Dyer

Advisor: Dr. Jerry Clark

American Physician Scientists Association (APSA)

Purpose: APSA is dedicated to career development and community building among physician-scientists in training. APSA also strives to be the student physician-scientists' leading voice for improving educational opportunities, advancing patient-oriented research, and advocating for the future of translational research.


  • President: Ezekiel Gonzalez
  • Vice president/National representative: Hannah Turbeville
  • Medical school liaison: Elliot Varney
  • Secretary: Jacob Pruett
  • Treasurer: Aaron Schwartz
  • Mentor chair: Jamarius Waller
  • Event chair: Shelley Rae Edwards

Advisor: Dr. Sean Didion

American Association of Medical Colleges' Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)

Purpose: OSR provides medical students with a voice in academic medicine and medical education at the national level while also fostering student involvement at the local level. OSR representatives are afforded a seat at the table with leaders such as deans, program directors, hospital CEOs, and other academic medicine stakeholders to learn about the intricacies of medical education at the highest level. This provides an invaluable educational opportunity and allows representatives the opportunity to voice local student concerns directly to the AAMC.


  • M4 representative: Rodney Kipchumba
  • M3 representative: Niki Patel
  • M2 representative: Robert Tatum, Jr.


  • Dr. Lyssa Weatherly
  • Dr. Michael McMullan

Student National Medical Association (SNMA)

Purpose: Student National Medical Association (SNMA) is committed to supporting current and future underrepresented minority medical students, addressing the needs of undeserved communities, and increasing the number of clinically excellent, culturally competent and socially conscious physicians.


  • President: Jared Vaugan
  • Vice president: Shanesse Spratt
  • Secretary: Skiey Hardin
  • Treasurer: Taryn Ellis
  • Pipeline coordinator: Lorenzo Spencer

Advisor: LaFreda Sias

Student Physicians for Social Responsibility (SPSR)

Purpose: Focuses on community health, the environmental and the social physician commitment.


  • President: Adam Niolet
  • Vice president: James Roberts
  • Secretary: Roya Gordji
  • Treasurer: Eddie Mac Huddleston
  • Speaker liaison: Hardeep Uppal

Advisor: Dr. Alan Penman