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APSA Local Chapters
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APSA Local Chapter Initiative

The creation of local chapters (LCs) is a new initiative by the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) to promote its mission, increase peer and institutional networking among physician-scientists in training and create a central identity for students pursuing such training. LCs will serve as an effective vehicle to secure funding and pursue local, self-identified goals.

LCs are intended to encourage students who are training as physician-scientists to take accountability for their own education. Given the rather disjointed nature of this training path, LCs will offer an effective means for students to supplement deficiencies in curricula as they see fit, while also giving emphasis to additional member-specified areas of interest. The formalized structure will allow  LCs to more effectively achieve outlined goals/missions. For these reasons, we encourage all interested in the physician-scientist path to establish an LC, including undergraduates, medical students, and graduate medical trainees.

LCs will communicate with APSA primarily through a designated Institutional Representative who will maintain contact with the APSA Membership Committee. Correspondence will typically happen via email or phone conference. This relationship is intended to facilitate efficient and effective LC establishment, and provide guidance throughout to ensure the LC’s goals are achieved.

If you are interested in forming an LC, indicate your interest by completing the Local Chapter Application below. Following completion of this application, the Membership Committee will review submitted documents and grant National Recognition status to your LC, enabling you to take full advantage of the many benefits offered by APSA!

Local Chapter in a Box

Ready to get started? APSA has created package of everything you need to start a local chapter at your institution. We call it our Local Chapter in a box. In here, you'll find an overview of the process, template emails to send out, funding sources, a template for your first meeting, and much more!

Local Chapter in a Box Package

Additional Information about establishing an APSA Local Chapter:

Applications & Documents for Local Chapter Formation:

Additional Resources:

Questions? Contact us at