Medical Student Organizations, Publications and Awards

Alpha Omega Alpha

The Delta Chapter of the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Society is an organization open to the no more than 1/6th of the graduating class.  In accordance with the national constitution, scholastic achievement should be the primary but not sole basis for election of a student. Leadership capabilities, ethical standards, fairness in dealing with colleagues, potential for achievement in medicine, integrity, compassion, professionalism, conscientiousness, and a record of service to the school and community at large should be criteria considered in addition to the academic record. Memberships are also granted each year to a faculty member, an alum of the school, and a member of the housestaff or fellow each year.

American Medical Association - Medical Student Section

Dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership and promoting activism for the health of America.

American Medical Student Association

The primary goal of AMSA is the initiation of student-organized projects for the benefit of medical students and the community on local, state and national levels. The development of hypertension clinics, presentations about venereal disease to area high schools, AIDS awareness programs and a drug-replacement program represent some of AMSA's projects in past years.

American Medical Women's Association

The AMWA promotes an understanding of the individual in medicine. Its membership is open to all interested men and women. AMWA's programs include speakers on special topics, field trips, social projects and other activities of benefit to all students.

Association of American Medical Colleges - Organization of Student Representatives

The OSR is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The OSR is charged with the representation of the undergraduate medical student body of the United States to the academic medical community.

Asian Pacific American Medical Students' Association

The goals of APAMSA are to educate all medical students about health-care needs specific to the Asian Pacific community and to address issues important to Asian Pacific American medical students.

Gold Humanism Society

The Gold Humanism Society is sponsored by the Arnold P. Gold Foundation and is closely linked to the Sirridge Office of Medical Humanities and Bioethics.

Latino Medical Student Association

LMSA is designed to serve the health needs of underserved communities with an emphasis on Latino communities. In addition, LMSA is dedicated both to ensuring that medical education and services are culturally sensitive to the needs of diverse populations and to increasing the number of historically excluded populations entering and completing medical school.

Medical Student Advisory Council and Specialty Interest Groups

The MSAC serves as the student government body in the School of Medicine and is comprised of student-elected representatives who focus on promoting student interests, keeping the administration informed of student opinion and organizing social activities. MSAC serves as an umbrella organization for student interest groups in the areas of Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Family Medicine, Geriatric Medicine, Internal Medicine, International Medicine, Med/Peds, Obstetrics/Gynecology, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, Spanish in Medicine, and Surgery

Sojourner Clinic

The Sojourner Health Clinic is a free clinic developed and managed by UMKC School of Medicine and School of Pharmacy students to provide outpatient care to the homeless and underprivileged population served by Linwood United Church. On Sunday afternoons, the students, with faculty supervision, provide acute and chronic medical care to the Sojourners of downtown Kansas City, many of whom also are supported in personal needs by Lazarus Ministries KC.

Student National Medical Association

The promotion of the interests of minority students is the foundation of the SNMA. Leadership development, social awareness, service to humanity and excellence as physicians are the major objectives of this group

Student Wellness Council

The Student Wellness Council promotes healthy habits and wellness amongst UMKC School of Medicine students


A monthly publication of the school, P.R.N., provides information on school programs, policies and student activities and is distributed online to School of Medicine students, their families and faculty. A quarterly magazine, Panorama, is primarily distributed to alumni, affiliated hospitals and friends of the school and is available throughout the school.