The Medical Society of Virginia's (MSV) Medical Student Section (MSS) was established in 1997 to serve as a unified voice for students in state and national affairs. The MSS is represented by a Governing Council (GC), which represents the five medical schools in Virginia. The MSS participates at the local, state, and national levels. Involvement is attainable through school chapter opportunities, serving on the GC, and nationally through the American Medical Association (AMA-MSS), allowing students a first-hand look at how important physician involvement is to the future of health care. 

The purpose of the MSV-MSS is to inspire medical citizenship and thus create a long-term commitment to medicine through engagement, awareness and involvement of medical student members. 

Membership is open to any medical student attending one of the five accredited medical schools in Virginia. The MSV offers students the opportunity to join the AMA and MSV together. When you join both organizations, the MSV will pay 50% of your AMA dues. With this discount, the cost of the 4-year membership to the AMA, the MSV and your local chapter is only $50 ($6 MSV dues, $10 chapter dues and $34 AMA dues); regularly, a 4-year membership to the AMA alone is $68. 

Conditions of AMA Membership and Application: As part of a physician organization committed to strengthening the ethics of medicine, every AMA member pledges to uphold the Principles of Medical Ethics as interpreted in the Code of Medical Ethics (www.ama-assn.org/go/codeofmedicalethics.com(link is external)), and to comply with the Bylaws of the American Medical Association and the Rules of the AMA Council on Ethical and Judicial Affairs (www.ama-assn.org/go/ceja(link is external)). Applicants and members of the AMA are required to disclose to the AMA Office of General Counsel any violations of the Principles of Medical Ethics or unprofessional conduct, including actions taken regarding professional licensure, medical staff privileges, or felony or fraud convictions. Additionally, the Health Care Quality Improvement Act requires professional societies (such as the AMA) to report certain professional review actions, including denial of membership, to the National Practitioner Data Bank.