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About the OSR
The OSR is the student branch of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). The AAMC is comprised of and represents undergraduate and graduate medical education in the U.S. Representatives from member institutions include the Council of Deans (COD), Council of Academic Societies (CAS), Council of Teaching Hospitals (COTH), the Organization of Resident Representatives (ORR), and the OSR. Other groups within the AAMC of particular interest to medical students include the Group on Educational Affairs (GEA) and the Group on Student Affairs (GSA). The GSA is subdivided into committees representing admissions, student financial assistance, student diversity affairs, student affairs, and registrars.
The OSR is charged with the representation of undergraduate medical student body of the U.S. to the academic medicine community; the OSR's constituency comprises all medical students. The concerns of the OSR lie exclusively within academic medicine and medical education.
OSR representatives are selected by AAMC member 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 may include up to one primary and three alternate institutional representatives from each of the 145 U.S. LCME accredited medical schools. OSR associate representatives are medical students who are enrolled in Canadian medical schools, though they do not have voting privileges.
OSR's Administrative Board is comprised of the Chair, Chair-Elect, Past-Chair, five National Delegates and four Regional Chairs. In addition, the OSR appoints students to serve as liaisons to various national committees of import to the AAMC.
AAMC membership is comprised of institutions rather than individuals; the AAMC does not offer individual memberships.
How to become an OSR Representative
The students selected as OSR representatives must be willing and capable of undertaking all the accompanying responsibilities. The AAMC does not dictate the selection process employed by schools, but offers the following recommendations as guidelines:
- The selection process should facilitate representative input from the entire student body or the student government; individuals involved in the selection process should understand the structure and function of the OSR.
- Three alternate OSR representatives should be selected, preferably from different classes or campuses, to assist the primary representative. This assures continuity in representation at the school level and provides alternates to carry out the responsibilities of the OSR Primary Representative, if necessary.
- OSR reps should represent a diverse medical student population, keeping in mind all aspects of human differences such as: socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, language, nationality, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, geography, disability, and age.
OSR Institutional and Associate Representatives must be certified by the student affairs dean of his/her school. To learn more about becoming an OSR rep and your role, review these frequently asked questions.
Each AAMC institutional member medical school has the right to cast one vote at OSR meetings; that vote is cast by the OSR Institutional Primary Representative, or, in the OSR Institutional Primary Representative's absence, by the OSR Institutional Alternate Representative. OSR Associate Representatives do not have voting privileges.
Funding for OSR representatives' attendance for all meetings (regional in the spring and annual in the fall) is provided by your medical school. You should discuss funding and budgetary issues with your student affairs office well in advance of meetings; the AAMC strongly recommends that OSR representatives attend regional and annual meetings. Funding for OSR Administrative Board meetings (travel, food, and accommodations) is provided by the AAMC. The respective committee provides funding for OSR liaisons. Funding for OSR projects on the national level is provided by the AAMC.
OSR Support Letter - AAMC President
The OSR has AAMC staff members in Washington, D.C., who oversee the administrative aspects of the OSR and assist in liaison to other AAMC divisions; they are tremendous resources and you should get to know them.