The Foundation

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public educational foundation that has an inter-locking directorate with the American Medical Student Association.

The purpose of the AMSA Foundation is to support the activities of the American Medical Student Association including education and career development, research projects and innovative community impact programs aligned with the strategic priorities of the organization.


The AMSA Foundation has worked extensively with private foundations and corporations on programs designed to augment physician development and innovations in medical education. The organization was one of the original innovators of interdisciplinary health team training for medical and allied health students, a program sponsored over a five-year period by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States.



The Foundation was established by AMSA in 1964 as a means to address issues in medical education and to provide low cost small emergency loans to medical students in need. In 1974, the Board of Trustees of the Association and the Board of Directors of the Foundation decided to reactivate the AMSA Foundation and broaden its role. The Foundation took on the role of the major programming arm of AMSA.

Much of the organization’s early work was performed under extensive contracts with US Public Health Service. From 1971 through 1980, the AMSA Foundation was the primary recruiter of physicians for the National Health Service Corps, Bureau of Medical Services and the Indian Health Service.


During the mid seventies, the AMSA Foundation conducted research in physician development and on the variables affecting career dispositions and outcomes of physicians in training. In 1981, the AMSA-founded Center for Applications of Psychological Type (CAPT) became an independent organization. CAPT has continued its work on the largest and longest longitudinal study on physician career outcomes, which was originally supported by the AMSA Foundation.

Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With a membership of more than 35,000 medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians from across the country, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation’s health.


During its forty-five year history, the AMSA Foundation has developed a national reputation for designing and conducting quality and innovative programming to address emerging and important health care and related training issues. It has managed over $50,000,000 of grant and contract funds since the foundation’s establishment.

Foundation Board


  • Jay Bhatt, D.O.


  • Ali Bokhari, AMSA National President
  • Reshma Ramachandran, MD
  • Jeffrey Koetje, MD
  • Jamie Thayer Scates, AMSA Chief Executive Officer
  • Hannah Hendrix, AMSA National President-Elect
  • Jason Fang, AMSA National International Trustee

The AMSA Foundation is actively seeking new directors. Learn more here.