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June 4, 1982

Medical Students—Building for the Future

JAMA. 1982;247(21):3004-3007. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460098041

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The more than 22,000 medical student members of the American Medical Association are represented in the Association through the Medical Student Section (MSS). 1982 is the tenth year that AMA membership has been offered to medical students. The past decade has seen tremendous growth, not only in student membership, but in student involvement and participation as well.

It has been estimated that by 1990, 40% of the physicians practicing in the United States will have completed their residencies since 1979 (AMA Council on Long-Range Planning and Development Report D [A-81], "Environmental Analysis"). That prediction has important implications for the future practice of medicine and for the Association.

Student participation in the AMA serves at least two important functions: to articulate medical student positions on AMA policies and to develop future AMA membership and leadership. Since membership was first offered and the MSS was established, a relationship that is mutually beneficial