So Many Reasons for Students to Join AMOPS...
- Our AMOPS Chapters Rock!
- By joining AMOPS and getting involved in your medical school’s chapter of the AMOPS, you’ll have the best of what your school and local community can offer in terms of exposure to military medicine while also reaping the benefits of joining a medical specialty association. Our student chapters are more than a club on campus or an interest group- they’re extensions of the AMOPS professional family at your doorstep and you’ll notice the difference immediately!
- Learn More about Military Physicians & Surgeons
- By participating in AMOPS, members can learn more about the numerous disciplines within and the future direction of the specialty
- Student members participate in clinical workshops sponsored by AMOPS from physical examination skills to diagnostic techniques and more.
- National Meetings
- Student members are invited to participate in regional and national events both sponsored by or in conjunction with AMOPS.
- National Student Conference!
- This unique student-focused is the only national military osteopathic medical conference for medical students in the country! The program is designed to introduce students to the specialty while guiding first-year through fourth-year medical students on their path to obtaining a military residency. With opportunities to meet program directors, residents, fellow medical students and military educators, this event itself is worth becoming a member of AMOPS!
- Members have access to research opportunities across the country, the opportunity to network with other students who participated in research and updates about current research in the specialty.
- Speaker Bureau
- Members can take advantage of the expertise within the Association by working with our Student Council to bring the latest in military medicine to your campus. Our dynamic and student-friendly speakers are active with our student chapters every week throughout the country and are available for your chapter too!
- Meet people with similar interests
- Spending time around people with similar interests increases your morale and keeps you motivated.
- Access to medical military-specific knowledge
- You will come across information that you might not otherwise get in your classes or rotations. This will help lay a solid foundation of knowledge for you to work off of as you dive further into your career.
- Access to Experts in the Field and Leaders in the Profession
- You can hear firsthand from experts in the military.
- Advice about 3rd and 4th Year
- You can ask current students and residents all those burning questions from what to expect on rotations, where to find them, which books or articles are important to read and how to get a leg up etc…
- Get the Residency Advantage!
- Aside from board exams and navigating 3rd/4th year, there is nothing more important than learning what it takes to obtain a residency. Our residents, program directors, selection committee interviewers and faculty embers will set you on your path toward your goals so you can be ahead of the curve and focus on what is most important to you- getting the residency spot you seek.
- Members have the opportunity to be set up with a mentor in the discipline of their choice through the their training period.
- Meet your peers from across the country and make friends!
- Find out how your peers are staying involved. This way you can learn new ways to stay active, make sure you are staying on track and help others by sharing your experiences.
- Define and solidify career interests
- Members are exposed to special pieces of information that are unique to military students and this exposure gives you the chance to preview the field. You can see how your interests fit the specialty and if the specialty fits your interests. Having a career that interests you motivates you to excel in your work.
- Plot career objectives
- As a member you will learn about the “in’s and out’s” of military physicians and surgeons. This knowledge will help you to set career goals. Setting definitive goals makes you more likely to stay focused and achieve them.
- Set realistic career expectations
- Understanding the demands of a career in advance can help you achieve and maintain job satisfaction.
- Shows commitment to the field
- Joining a professional organization as a student shows others your genuine interest in the specialty. Also, involvement now increases the chances of your professional commitment in the future.
- Establish citizenship within the military community
- This is an official way to make yourself part of the military community.
- Stay connected
- Through newsletters, conferences and meetings you stay up to date on important scientific and community updates.
- Develop your soft skills
- Successful teamwork, strategic thinking, common sense and communication all require a strong set of “people skills.” A seasoned set of soft skills will make you a more attractive applicant in the nearer future, but in the long run (more importantly) it will help you develop better relationships with your patients.
- Become a leader and hone your leadership skills
- Leaders join and participate in professional organizations.
DISTINCTION OR RECOGNITION
- Showcase your successes or experiences
- Members have opportunities to present their research at conferences and on the web. It is also possible for any member to be spotlighted in a newsletter or on our website.
- Association with a professional organization boosts your credibility in the eyes of the general public, future employers and patients.