First Meeting Fall 2017

Our first AMSA meeting will be on Sept. 11th, 2017! Come join us for free pizza and pre-med trivia!

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Senior Panel 2013

Tonight, we were fortunate enough to have a panel of 6 graduating seniors give us advice about applying for medical school, MCAT preparation, and backup plans.

Details of the advice given can be found by clicking on the “Information tab” —> “Meeting Minutes” —> “April 22nd, 2013 Highlights” —> “Senior Panel 2013”.

Also, if you have any great ideas for next year, we would love to hear them!  Thanks!

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Paging All Doctors Schedule

Paging All Doctors is this week! This is a great opportunity to meet and talk with admissions representatives, medical students, Kaplan representatives, physicians, and AMSA executive members about the process it takes to get into medical school.  Here is a complete schedule of the events being hosted.  Check it out!

Monday, March 25th 
You are the Admissions Committee 

Hosted by Amanda Clark of A.T. Still Univeristy
7:00 – 8:00 pm  –  MG 2001

Tuesday, March 26th 
The Changing MCAT

Hosted by Molly Russel with Kaplan
7:00 – 8:00 pm – MG 2007

The Interview 
Hosted by Jonathan Ryder and the Career Center
8:00 – 9:00 pm – MG 1099

Wednesday, March 27th 
Informational Tables 

12:00 – 4:30 p.m. – Magruder Lobby

Networking Dinner
Pre-registration required as there are  limited spaces available so register here or at the Career Center!
Vegetarian option available upon request.
Cost: $5
5:30 – 8:00 p.m. – Georgian Rooms

What We Wish We Knew
Hosted by Josh Wilson and Mike Pierro
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – SUB 3201

Undergrad to Med School: The Transition
Hosted by ATSU Students
8:00 – 9:00 p.m. – SUB 3204

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Sign Up For Networking Dinner by Monday!


Because the meals at the networking dinner are plated instead of being buffet style, we need a complete count of who all is planning to attend by Monday at the latest. Please take 2 minutes and sign up at You can also find this link through The dinner costs $5 and can be paid via credit card on the website or by paying in the Career Center on the 3rd floor of the SUB.

The menu for the networking dinner is :
Entree: Chicken Kiev with Parsley Boiled Potatoes, Sauteed Fresh Blend of Vegetables
Vegetarian Option: Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Dessert: Apple Pie

The networking dinner will count as two events. Please sign up!



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AMSA Elections

Hey all,

AMSA elections are this coming Monday, March 18th! I’ve shared a Google Doc with all of you containing who is running for what position. As you can see, we only have one person who has nominated themselves thus far. So please let me know if you want to run for a position. I’ll keep updating the Google Doc as soon as I receive a nomination, so keep checking that. Also, if you’re running, you need to prepare one slide containing your name, year in school, and any other information you’d like AMSA to know about you while you give your speech. Below are the descriptions of the positions available:

President: is responsible for coordinating the overall operations of the group, working with fellow Executive Board members and other leaders and advisors to define and implement strategy, leading communication with the University, serves as the primary liaison between executive members and general members, and clarifies the actions and decisions of the organization. The President will also work closely with the Vice President to organize recruitment efforts as well as the leadership of the Junior Committee.

Vice President: is responsible for organizing and fundraising for Regional and National AMSA Conferences, and works with the President in coordinating with all committees to ensure that day-to-day organizations run smoothly. The Vice President will also work closely with the President to organize recruitment efforts as well as the leadership of the Junior Committee.

Treasurer: is responsible for keeping track of bank accounts and all receipts, and makes sure proper financial records are available upon request. The Treasurer also works closely with committee chairs in developing an annual budget, and encourages applying for Funds Allotment Council (FAC) funding for Truman State University AMSA programming.

Secretary: is responsible for keeping the members of the Executive Board and the organization informed about the operations of the organization and decisions of the Board. The Secretary shall record minutes at meetings, organize key organizational documents, keep track of membership, and keep track of Executive Board and General Meeting attendance. The Secretary shall also maintain the organization’s Google account.

Global Health Action Coordinator: The Global Health Action Coordinator (GHAC) is focused on advocacy and action for global health issues. The coordinator will provide members with opportunities to help alleviate health disparities and raise awareness in the Truman community through events which raise money and/or educate individuals concerning topics within the realm of global health.

The Community and Environmental Health Action Coordinator: The goals of the CEHAC are to provide members with opportunities in service and public health on campus and within the Kirksville community. Previous responsibilities have included educating Truman and AMSA members on AIDS and educating communities about health issues such as diabetes, or Parkinson’s. These health projects are used to connect with the local community and promote public health awareness. The chair may also involve AMSA members in volunteer activities with other organizations.

Legislative Action Coordinator: The Legislative Action Coordinator (LAC) educates members on potential political solutions to challenges in modern medicine. These issues include universal health care, international health aid, and the relationship between pharmaceutical corporations and physicians. Additionally, the LAC empowers members to act on their beliefs through public awareness campaigns and planned events such as lobbying. Lastly, the LAC equips members with a basic understanding of the public and private entities responsible for providing healthcare in the United States.

Pre-Med Education Coordinator: The Pre-Medical Education committee informs the AMSA body about medical school options and gives presentations to pass on valuable information such as the difference between the MD and DO degree, changes in the MCAT, or anything else that might be pertinent to a pre-medical student. The Pre-Medical Education committee also prepares a survey for graduating seniors to gather data about where Truman students are accepted and an average GPA and MCAT score to aim for to be accepted.

Public Relations and Social Coordinator: Public Relations/Social Coordinator is responsible for running the AMSA website and Facebook group, organizing the Student Activities Fair, and designing the Magruder bulletin board. The Public Relations/Social Coordinator will also promote events that support membership engagement and do any other designated jobs to help promote the organization as a whole.

Secondly, all candidates for President will give a 3 minute speech followed by 2 minutes of questions. All other candidates will give a 2 minute speech followed by 1 minute of questions. If only one person is running for a position, then they will be elected via a heads-down, hands-up system. If more than one person is running, then candidates will be elected using a ballot system.

Attendance of the elections is mandatory for all members wishing to be placed on the “Good Standing” list.

The link to the Google doc is

Send an email to or if you have any questions or wish to nominate yourself.

Have a great night,


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Creighton/UMKC Trip and Upcoming Elections

The trip to Creighton/UMKC medical schools in Nebraska and KC is this weekend, March 2nd.  Contact Jon Rhyder immediately at if you would interested in going on the trip!

Elections are March 18th!!! All executive positions are open for anyone to run for.  If you would like to run for any of these positions (highly encouraged), create a brief Powerpoint slide with your name, information, and any points you would like to talk about on ideas for next year and submit it to Josh Wilson at, along with the position you would like to nominated for.


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Suturing Clinic

Hey all,

We are extremely lucky to be hosting 3 third-year medical students and a resident from A.T. Still this Monday at our meeting. The students will be running a suturing clinic, showing us various knots that are used in surgery. This was so well received last year that we wanted to bring it to you all again. This year’s clinic will run slightly different than last year’s, though.

This year, the med students will be bringing over actual nylon sutures with needles attached, as well as the needle holders. This will give a much more realistic experience when it comes to suturing. The needles are totally real and will be able to stab you, so please be careful.

The plan is to suture bananas. AMSA will be purchasing approximately 60 bananas for this meeting, so it will be first come, first serve. For those of you who eat in the dining hall, grab a banana on your way out and bring it to the meeting.

The meeting will be in MG 2001 at 7pm. Hope to see you all there!


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ATSU Tour Reminder

A.T. Still University -KCOM will be offering tours this week for Truman Pre-Med students.  The tours will be Wednesday, February 6th & Thursday, February 7th from 3:30pm-4:30pm.  If you are interested in attending, contact Zach Small at and meet at the West Entrance of Magruder Hall (between MG and the SUB) at 3:10pm.

Next meeting will be February 11th, back in MG 2001.  Hope to see you all there!

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Mentoring Program

If you’re interested in the KCOM mentoring program, email this address:

This is a really cool opportunity that everyone should consider doing!



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Kaplan MCAT Auction

Kaplan/AMSA will be hosting a MCAT Silent Auction from December 3rd (8am) – December 7th (3pm) that offers test-preparation materials and online courses for a discounted price.  You can bid on this MCAT prep package on the days listed previously by talking to Sherril Pearce in the Biology Department Office. 

Below is a powerpoint with more information regarding this event.  Take advantage of this unique oppurtunity! If you have any other questions, you can contact Jonathan Ryder at

AMSA Kaplan MCAT Course Silent Auction Presentation

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