CCMS Executive Director Alexandra Silver to UNLV Students: “Your membership is what you make it!”

Clark County Medical Society Executive Director Alexandra Silver had one overarching message for members of the UNLV School of Medicine American Medical Student Association chapter at her talk on April 30 -- the sky is the limit when it comes to student programming.

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“Medicine is going to look drastically different by the time you all graduate and start practicing,” Silver said to the students, who represented the first class at the newly opened school. “Getting involved with the local medical society early on will give you the opportunity to directly impact the environment you will one day be working in.”
CCMS Executive Director Alexandra P. Silver

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA) is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents, and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improve medical training and the nation’s health.  

The event, which marked the last meeting of the semester before the students go into deep focus for their exams, gave students the opportunity not only to learn about the society, but about how they have unique opportunities to get involved going into 2019.

“We are incredibly excited to announce that for the first time in the history of the organization, a medical student and resident will have a seat on the board with full voting rights,” Silver said. “This means our student members will be more involved, and get even more value out of their CCMS membership.”

In addition to the newly added board positions, Silver encouraged the students to look at joining one of the CCMS standing committees to help create programming that they would find more beneficial.

“Your membership is what you make it,” Silver said. “Now more
than ever we are getting more student involvement in events, in mentorship planning, and on important issues that physicians of all specialties face. We want your input, because you are the future of medicine here in Southern Nevada.”

CCMS has added hundreds of student members over the past couple years as we seek to engage the doctors of tomorrow while encouraging them to build strong connections to Las Vegas. One of the latest initiatives, the Student and Resident Outreach Committee, focuses on just that -- involving students more and more in educational programs and incentivising them to stay in Las Vegas.

“We want you to receive the best possible medical education, but we also want to make sure that you feel connected to this community,” Silver said. “It’s important that we grow our doctors here in Clark County to address the massive shortage we are experiencing right now.”

CCMS’ first student and resident board members will be introduced on June 2, 2018 at the 64th Annual Board Installation Dinner, which takes place at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Details on the dinner can be found at www.clarkcountymedical.org/dinner.

Josh MacEachern