The American Podiatric Medical Students’ Association (APMSA) is the only national organization representing 2,500 students enrolled at the nine colleges of podiatric medicine. By virtue of enrollment in a college of podiatric medicine, all students are members of the Association.
The APMA’s scholarship program, the APMA Educational Foundation, is the only national scholarship fund for podiatric medical students. This fund distributes about $200,000 each year, and has distributed more than $1.2 million in scholarships dollars to nearly 1,000 students! The APMA also offers free registration to the APMA Annual Scientific Meeting, free subscriptions to the Journal of the American Podiatric Medical Association (JAPMA), and the APMA News. On a final note, at the March 2012 APMA House of Delegates, the APMA approved a proposition to welcome podiatric students as complimentary members, making APMA membership attainable to students for the first time in its history.
The APMSA provides original, valuable publications to its members. The APMSA First Step newsletter is published three times a year. This newsletter delivers information on our most recent House of Delegates meetings, our corporate sponsors, and local college activities. APMSA e-News is used to share time sensitive information, breaking news, survey links and polls, and event notifications. The APMSA Residency Survey is a prized document, featuring candid responses from current podiatric residents regarding their resident experience. Answers to many of these questions are likely not found elsewhere.
Understanding the value of your APMSA membership is important in order to get the most out of your APMSA experience. Please see the APMSA Membership Brochure link above to learn of the remarkable benefits you recieve as an APMSA member. You may also contact your elected class delegate for further information or questions.
If you are considering a career in podiatric medicine and have a question you don’t see answered here already, we would love to hear from you! The APMSA is a student focused organization, we understand where you are coming from because we have been in your shoes.