Structure & Elections

Interested in applying for the 2024-25 LMSA National Leadership Team? Check out the resources below.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due April 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.


Q&A Sessions with 2023-24 LMSA National Board Members


Structure of LMSA

LMSA depends on the efforts of volunteer student and faculty leaders to carry out its mission. At the national level, those leaders are organized in a number of ways, as shown on the chart below:

  • Board of Directors (BOD; dark blue): The BOD consists of SIXTEEN (16) individuals working together to ensure that the organization acts for the benefit of its members across all five LMSA regions. (These include 2 Co-Directors from each of LMSA’s five regions.) The BOD meets monthly to evaluate and vote on major LMSA initiatives. The BOD also meets quarterly with all national officers to discuss ways to grow the organization and serve its members better.
  • Executive Committee (EC; purple): The EC is composed of officers who supervise and carry out the day-to-day work of the organization, all while advancing the mission, vision, and strategic plans of the organization. These members also sit on the BOD, but meet more frequently with the officers who directly report to them.
  • National Officer Corps (NOC; faded blue): All Committee Chairs and other appointed ocers are part of the NOC and report to the Vice President of their specic team. In 2022-23, the NOC will consist of EIGHTEEN (18) key officer positions, as listed under “Appointed Positions” below.
  • Faculty/Physician Advisory Council (FPAC; bright blue): Led by the Executive Director, FPAC oversees and supports all LMSA faculty, physician, staff, and professional advisors at the chapter, regional, and national levels. Advisors exist to guide student leadership and promote the career development of their colleagues across the country.

For individuals interested in joining the LMSA National leadership team, the following positions become available each year:

Elected Positions

  • National President^*
  • Vice President of Communications*
  • Vice President of Operations*
  • Vice President of Programming*

*These individuals serve on both the BOD and EC, alongside the Executive Director and Immediate Past President (IPP).

^To be eligible for the National President position, individuals must have served previously as a member of the LMSA National Leadership Team (BOD, EC, or NOC). This eligibility requirement is not satisfied by serving solely as a Vice-Chair or Project Coordinator unless otherwise determined on a case-by-case basis by the BOD. Additionally, the National President is expected to serve as Immediate Past President (IPP) for the period immediately following his/her/their term as National President.

Appointed Positions

  • Academic Affairs Chair
  • Chief Development Officer (CDO)
  • Chief Financial Officer (CFO)
  • Chief Information Officer (CIO)
  • Diversity Chair
  • Fundraising Chair
  • Graphic Design Chair
  • Health Advocacy Chair
  • Mentorship Chair
  • National Conference Chair
  • Partnerships Chair
  • Programs & Events Liaison
  • Public Relations Chair
  • Publications Chair
  • Research & Analytics Chair
  • Scholarships Chair
  • Service Chair
  • Webmaster

Join the LMSA National Leadership Team!

LMSA is run almost entirely by medical students, who give their time and talents to serve their peers across the country. We need you to keep up the good fight!

To apply for an elected or appointed position on the LMSA National leadership team, please refer to our annual elections packet. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to email LMSA National at contact@lmsa.net. The Elections Committee may also be contacted directly at elections@lmsa.net.


Elections Protocol 2024

The following instructions provided are to ensure that the LMSA National elections process is smooth and time-efficient. The elections process will follow Robert’s rules with exceptions specified below. Please be respectful and mindful of the time allotted.

Allotted time: Saturday April 27th 5:30-8:00 pm EST

Protocol Procedure:

  • Candidates will be discussed in the following manner:
    • President → Vice President of Operations → Vice President of Programming → Vice President of Communications
    • Floor nominations will be added at the beginning of each. 
  • Each candidate will be allotted 3 minutes for a speech.
    • BOD may question each candidate for 5 minutes. 
    • We encourage BOD to make a 2-minute extension for Q&As, if needed.
    • Only the candidate being in question will be allowed in the room at that time.
  • Once all candidates have spoken and undergone Q&A, all candidates will be dismissed for BOD discussion.
    • The floor will be open for any candidate endorsements – 5 minutes. 
    • BOD Discussion will be 5 minutes per position. Best practice is to extend discussion by 5-minute increments. Voting will then be commenced.

Per Candidate: 15 minutes

  • 3 minute speech 
  • 5 minute BOD Q&A
  • 2 minute BOD extension Q&A
  • 2 minute wiggle room between setup and candidates. 

Open Floor Endorsements

BOD Discussion 

Example Protocol: National President 

  • Announce Candidates Who Applied 
  • Call for On the Spot Floor Nominations
  • Have Candidates Step Out of the Room 
  • Candidate #1 Steps into the Room
    • 3 minute speech 
    • 5 minute BOD Q&A
      • Optional 2 minute BOD extension Q&A
  • Candidate exits and Candidate #2 enters the room
  • Protocol is repeated until all candidates for that position have been heard. Assure all candidates step out of the room.
  • Open Floor Endorsements of All Candidates – 5 minutes 
  • BOD Discussion of All Candidates – 5 minutes
    • Optional 5 minute BOD extension Q&A
  • Voting for Candidates – 1 minute 
  • Share result to candidates – 1 minute 

Protocol is repeated for all positions, again in the order of President → Vice President of Operations → Vice President of Programming → Vice President of Communications

In the event that time does not allow, BOD will reconvene at a later date to resume elections, in which the same protocol will be enforced.

Elections Part 2 Date (if needed): Friday, May 3rd, 7pm – 9pm ET  

  • If cannot attend in person: 
    • Any candidates who cannot attend in person may run virtually, and will have the same time allotments as listed above. 
    • If a candidate cannot attend both in person at SALUD or virtually, they are allowed to submit a 3 minute video, but will not be allotted time for BOD Q&A as they are not there in person to respond to questions. 

Appointed positions

  • The following candidates will be voted on virtually on Friday, May 3rd from 7-9 pm ET. In the event that time does not allow, BOD will reconvene on Monday, May 13th from 8-10:30 pm ET. These candidates are not required to make speeches.
    • Operations:
      • CDO
      • Deputy CDO
      • CFO
      • Deputy CFO
      • CIO
      • Fundraising
      • Research & Analytics
      • Scholarship
    • Programming:
      • Academic Affairs
      • Diversity
      • Health Advocacy & Policy
      • Mentorship
      • National Conference Chair
      • Programs & Events
      • Service
      • LMSA PLUS Chair
    • Communications:
      • Graphic Design
      • Partnerships
      • Public Relations
      • Publications
      • Webmaster

Interested in applying for the 2024-25 LMSA National Leadership Team? Check out the resources below.

*DEADLINE EXTENDED: Applications are due April 19, 2024 at 11:59 pm Eastern Standard Time.