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Introduction to the AAMC-OSR Organization of Student Representatives. AAMC. The Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies: 131 accredited U.S. medical schools 17 accredited Canadian medical schools

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The Association of American Medical Colleges is a nonprofit association of medical schools, teaching hospitals, and academic societies:

  • 131 accredited U.S. medical schools
  • 17 accredited Canadian medical schools
  • Over 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 98 affiliated health systems and 68 Veterans Affairs medical centers
  • Nearly 90 academic and scientific societies
  • Representing 125,000 faculty members , 75,000 medical students and 106,000 residents

MissionThe AAMC seeks to improve the nation's health by enhancing the effectiveness of academic medicine.

  • Through its many programs and services, the AAMC strengthens the world's most advanced medical care by supporting the entire spectrum of education, research, and patient care activities conducted by our member institutions. The AAMC and our members are dedicated to the communities we serve and steadfast in our desire to earn and keep the public's trust for the role we play in improving the nation's health.
  • AAMC Services
    • AAMC web site:
      • American Medical College Application Service (AMCAS)
      • Medical College Admission Test (MCAT)
      • Careers in Medicine (CiM)
      • Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS)
      • Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS)
  • AAMC Publications
    • AAMC Publications web site:
      • AAMC Reporter
      • Washington Highlights
      • AAMC-STAT
      • Curriculum Directory
  • There are five core constituent groupsof the AAMC
    • Council of Deans (COD)
    • Council of Teaching Hospitals and Health Systems (COTH)
    • Council of Academic Societies (CAS)
    • Organization of Student Representatives (OSR)
    • Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR)
    • A 17-member Board of Directors governs the AAMC, which includes a medical student.
    • Communication from the local to the regional to the national level is essential for the OSR to represent all 75,000 U.S. medical students in this country
purpose of the osr
Purpose of the OSR
  • To provide a forum through which medical students can communicate about medical education, research, and patient care
  • To accurately assess and represent the views and interests of all medical students to the AAMC
  • To regularly communicate the activities and discussions within the academic medicine community to all medical students
  • To advance the development of leadership skills among medical students
mission of the osr
Mission of the OSR
  • The OSR fulfills a unique role among medical student organizations: It provides medical students with representation in the AAMC, the nation’s largest association dedicated solely to the advancement of academic medicine.
  • The OSR assures that medical students actively participate in directing their educations, preserving their rights, and delineating their professional responsibilities.
  • The OSR provides medical students with a voice in academic medicine at the national level and fosters student involvement and awareness at the local level.
osr strategic goals
OSR Strategic Goals
  • To provide medical student input on issues addressed by the AAMC and state and federal governments that will impact student education, quality of life, or professional development.
  • To facilitate communication between student bodies of different medical schools and between medical student organizations.
  • To encourage education techniques and objectives that provide medical students with the intellectual skills, professional standards, and knowledge required to meet the needs of an evolving health care system.
  • To assure a safe, supportive learning environment free of abuse, unreasonable health risks, bias, and inequities.
  • To assure that all students possess equal freedom and opportunity to pursue the career directions of their choice.
  • To advance the development of leadership skills among medical students through participation in local and national OSR positions.
osr national priorities
OSR National Priorities
  • Student debt and the cost of medical education
  • Institutional mental health services and resources
  • Diversity recruitment efforts
  • GLBTI recommendations
  • GLBTI effective practices
  • ACGME US residency program match data
  • Guidelines for use of medical interpreter services
  • Diversity of representation within the OSR
  • National Board of Medical Examiners' issues
  • National Resident Matching Program issues
  • Humanism in medicine
  • Physician workforce increase
  • Academic medical centers and industry conflicts of interest
  • Strategic planning for the OSR
  • Communication with other medical student groups
  • Assuring the continued strength of the academic environment under health care reform and managed care
arnold p gold foundation humanism in medicine award
Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award
  • Supported in part by the Arnold P.Gold Foundation, the AAMC annually recognizes a medical school faculty physician who exemplifies the qualities of a caring and compassionate mentor in the teaching and advising of medical students.
  • The OSR administers the award and the recipient is announced and honored during a formal awards ceremony at the AAMC Annual Meeting each fall.
  • For more information:
osr representation
OSR Representation
  • OSR representatives are elected by their medical schools to monitor activities at their institutions, represent student opinions to the OSR Administrative Board (Ad Board), and relay national OSR and AAMC priorities to the students and staff of their institutions.
  • OSR representatives include one primary and three alternate institutional representatives from each of the 131 U.S. AAMC member medical schools.
  • OSR associate representatives are medical students who are enrolled in Canadian medical schools.
  • The members of the AAMC are institutions rather than individuals; the AAMC does not offer individual memberships.
osr representation at your school
OSR Representation at (your school)
  • At (your school), OSR Reps are selected by (fill in the your school’s selection process here)
  • For example, include . . .
  • One Primary, Three Alternate Reps
    • How many reps there are total
    • M1s, M2s, M3s, M4s . . .
  • How OSR Reps are selected (i.e. elected by student body through student government, etc.)
  • (Only the official primary and alternate OSR representatives can be entered into the AAMC database).
what is the role of an osr rep
What is the role of an OSR Rep?

Be aware of student concerns at (your school): know your constituents.

Share these concerns with the OSR / OSR Ad Board

Learn about the OSR/AAMC and the resources available to you and the student population

Promote the initiatives of the OSR: Humanism in Medicine, diversity, Careers in Medicine, student debt, health insurance, etc.

Disseminate information from the OSR to your school’s students and administration.

Elect officers of the OSR who will represent all students to the AAMC.

osr meetings
OSR Meetings
  • AAMC Annual Meetings
    • Held annually every fall
      • 2010 Washington, DC
      • 2011 Denver, CO
      • 2012 San Francisco, CA
  • OSR Regional Meetings
    • Held annually every spring
    • Each region meets separately or jointly
    • 2010 National Joint Regional Spring Meeting April 17-21 - Austin, TX
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OSR Meetings
  • At the meetings:
    • Attend session topics of particular interest to (your school)
    • Attend regional and general meetings for updates on various issues in medical education
    • Share information/input via posters, networking, and discussion at business meetings
      • New projects at (your school)
      • Issues at (your school)
      • Give input regarding national issues
  • Vote for National and Regional Officers
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OSR Meetings
  • After the meetings:
    • Return to (your school) and
      • Share what you’ve learned
      • Discuss rising national issues
      • Get input from your fellow students
    • Communicate with the student government, student affairs Dean, and head Dean
    • Communicate with students via e-mail, newsletters, etc.
osr officers
OSR Officers
  • National Officers
    • Elected yearly
    • OSR Chair (3-year position)
      • Chair-Elect (1 year), Chair (1 year), Immediate Past Chair (1 year)
    • National Delegates (1-year position)
      • Five are elected and take office immediately
          • Communications
          • Community & Diversity
          • Legislative
          • Medical Education
          • Student Affairs
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OSR Officers
  • Regional Officers
    • Elected at the Regional Meetings every spring
    • Regional Chairs(1-year position)take office in the fall
      • One Regional Chair is elected from each region
          • Central
          • Northeast
          • Southern
          • Western
    • Regional Delegates(1-year position)take office in the spring, upon election
      • One is elected for each area in each region
          • Communications
          • Community & Diversity
          • Legislative
          • Medical Education
          • Student Affairs
the osr administrative board ad board
The OSR Administrative Board“Ad Board”


Central Regional Chair


Past Chair

National Delegate

Elected by each region

Northeast Regional Chair

Elected by OSRinstitutionalreps

National Delegate

Southern Regional Chair

National Delegate

National Delegate

Western Regional Chair

National Delegate

osr staff
OSR Staff
  • AAMC Headquarters
    • Washington, D.C.
      • Ally Anderson, M.A.,
        • Director, Student & Community Service Programs
      • Monique Mauge,
        • Administrative Specialist
additional opportunities
Additional opportunities
  • OSR Liaisons
    • OSR Reps are selected to serve as liaisons to various committees. Examples:
      • ERAS
      • Various Groups on Student Affairs Committees
      • National Board of Medical Examiners
      • National Resident Matching Program
      • Women in Medicine & Science Steering Committee
      • Careers in Medicine
what are your resources
What are your resources?
  • AAMC web site:
  • OSR web site:
  • OSR Represenatives Directory and Online Community (password protected)
  • OSR Communications
    • National, regional and legislative affairs listserves and OSR Newsletters
what are your local resources
What are your local resources?
  • (Insert your local OSR Reps names and emails here)
  • (Insert how to access OSR info at your school here)