American Medical Association (AMA) & Medical Society of Virginia (MSV)

Executive Board


Ben Neubauer

Vice President

Rose Dever


Lee Hogge

Legislative Chair

Mark Velasquez

Event Chair


Community Service Chair

Sarah Abernathy

Immediate Past-President

Sam Dickerson

To Join AMA & MSV as a student member:


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AMA Advocacy Priorities 

  • Accelerating change in medical education to align physician training and education with the evolving health care system

  • Improving health outcomes and reducing chronic disease by developing programs to help educate medical students to provide high-quality care to the diverse patient population

  • Enhancing professional satisfaction and practice sustainability by ensuring young physicians areempowered to practice in today’s environment



Recent MSV Student Initiatives 

  • Secured $2.5 million in annual GME funding to open new residency spots in Virginia – this funding has been included in every state budget since 2015

  • Allow for the implementation of a safe needle exchange program (Virginia was previously one of 13 states that did not allow for a safe needle exchange)

  • Revise the Code of Virginia to provide legal protection from being persecuted for drug related charges when calling in an opioid overdose – removing roadblocks for those in need to receive life saving care

  • Educate legislators on the complex components of medical education which has in turn helped MSV on multiple legislative issues


Annual Events

MSV Annual Meeting



AMA Interim Meeting


MSV White Coats on Call Lobby Days

January - March

AMA Medical Student Advocacy & Region Conference


AMA Annual Meeting 


Talk to chapter leadership for more details!

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