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a. Schedule early in the semester. You’ll be competing with the limited time that medical students have to devote to extracurricular activities. Also be conscious of both 1st and 2nd year class schedules as well as other well-established organization’s meetings (i.e. AMA, AMSA, etc) to find the optimal time for your meetings. Many schools have orientation packets for incoming students which you may request to add an APAMSA flyer.
b. Even before the semester starts, a personalized letter on APAMSA letterhead (contact the Membership VP for APAMSA’s official letterhead file) to the new incoming students can really attract some new members. Be sure to include a membership application form (download from website) to get them signed up even before starting school. Your Office of Admissions will usually give you a list of incoming APA students if requested.
c. Announce the meeting well in advance (1 week minimum) to avoid potential last minute conflicts with other medical student activities. Also give yourself time so you can reserve rooms and order food.
d. Announce your meetings via numerous mediums (email, class announcements, flyers, student government, chalk boards, etc.) to try to contact as many potential members as possible. Try to have some free food to attract members as free food is the easiest way to attract an audience.
b. Remind members that national APAMSA registration is FREE.
c. Plan out what you want to do for this first year. An easy community service project that most of APAMSA’s chapters do their first year is a bone marrow drive or the hepatitis B awareness project. More information can be obtained from our website and MVP.
d. Announce officer elections if you don’t have one already.
e. Have at least the next scheduled meeting ready to announce (even better if you can have the whole semester scheduled to lock in dates, reserve rooms, and avoid conflicts with other organizations’ meetings). f. It would be advantageous to have someone, preferably the chapter secretary, to write down minutes for meetings. This way you may email your discussions to interested members who were unable to attend and keep them “in the loop.”
a. The conference schedules some of the top APA leaders within the country year after year to speak and present workshops. It’s an amazing experience to meet and learn from these dynamic speakers over a variety of topics.
b. If you’re having problems recruiting members and getting current ones to be active, attend the conference and invigorate your membership. The conference is the best way to learn about APAMSA and find out how APAMSA can help you.
c. Networking and making new friends with APAMSA members who share the same vision and goals as you makes the conference worthwhile.
d. Get involved on the National level. The conference is where national officers, standing committee chairs, and regional directors are elected.
e. The conference is also where the annual National Business Meeting takes place. This is where your chapter gets an update on what’s happening with National and has a say in directing APAMSA’s future, including national elections. The business meeting is also where your chapter can present a resolution or amendment to the constitution. National APAMSA could not exist without the support and participation of you, the local chapter.
f. Check out 2016conference.apamsa.org for the latest info on the coming National APAMSA conference.