Medical Student Section Benefits
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Why join the MSS?

Annual Meeting:

  • Preventive Medicine 2013

    This meeting will be held February 20-23, 2013 in Phoenix-Scottsdale, AZ and will concentrate on three primary issue areas: Public Health Practice, Prevention Policy, and Clinical Preventive/Lifestyle Medicine. There will also be a Career Development sub-track.

    Medical students are welcome to participate in all ACPM programming as well as special sessions on residency programs, career development, and other training opportunities. The MSS meets both formally and informally with residents, physicians, and guest speakers. We arrange round-table discussions, hold national elections, and present at the poster session.

    The meeting registration fee is reduced for medical students and residents. As an MSS member, we will assist in your search to secure funding to attend, as well as assist with money-saving travel and lodging arrangements. For more information on the meeting, please visit


  • Communication

    Officers of the MSS are always available to help you locate and contact Preventive Medicine physicians in your region or in specialties that you would like to know more about. In addition, we can connect you with residents, residency program directors, and other students who have similar interests.

    We serve as a conduit of information about training programs, elective rotations, and other opportunities to pursue Preventive Medicine and Public Health. The MSS collaborates and corresponds with many medical student organizations at both local and national levels, including AMSA, AMA, APHA, AAMC, PSR, SNMA, and IFMSA. We gather and disseminate information through multiple channels to help you connect with students all over the country.
  • The MSS Group page

    The ACPM website features an interactive group page with forums, member blogs, photo galleries, instant and private messaging, and much more!

  • Mentoring Program

    The MSS and Young Physicians Section (YPS) run a mentoring program that will help link medical student members of ACPM with experienced Preventive Medicine physicians. MSS members are welcome to search the database of mentors and contact physicians who are working in an area that interests them. More information is located under the members only section.
  • Preventive Medicine Interest Groups (PMIGs)

    We enable ambitious MSS members to start PMIGs at their schools. By linking current groups with interested students, we help spread and share ideas amongst ourselves. The MSS will also solicit help from residents, faculty, and staff at your institution to help raise awareness of and interest in Preventive Medicine through PMIGs.


  • The American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM)

    ACPM-MSS membership includes your own electronic journal subscription to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine (AJPM). This is a fantastic resource for students and provides specific examples of how Preventive Medicine is being practiced today.Our peer-reviewed journal is published ten times per year and features original articles and reviews.

    You may choose to receive this electronic newsletter every other week. It highlights recent happenings at the College, developments in preventive medicine, and ACPM member activities.


  • Advocacy

    The ACPM actively and aggressively represents the interests of Preventive Medicine on Capitol Hill. The MSS will raise your awareness of issues as well as outline what you can do to contribute to these efforts.
  • Visibility

    ACPM members represent the College and the field on numerous national scientific task forces, committees, and coalitions. Interested students are strongly encouraged to run for leadership positions within the MSS; officers are elected to a one-year term at the Annual Meeting.

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