Aliye Runyan is a 2012 graduate of the University of Miami-Miller School of Medicine. She hails from St. Petersburg, Florida, coincidentally, the location of Eckerd College, her alma mater. It was at Eckerd that her love of the liberal arts developed, and she graduated with Honors in Literature and Biology, as well as interest and experience in research and teaching.
After taking a couple years to work for Planned Parenthood, teach for Kaplan, and earn her Masters in Cell Biology from Tulane University; Aliye began medical training and became involved with AMSA when she needed inspiration to develop a concentration in ethics and humanities her medical school. Since, Aliye has held national coordinator positions within the Humanistic Medicine, Wellness and Student Life, Medical Professionalism, and Medical Education action committees, and was immediate past National Chair of the Medical Education team. She is the founder, and director from 2008-2011, of the AMSA Medical Humanities Scholars Program. With guidance and inspiration from her leadership roles, she successfully implemented the Ethics and Humanities Pathway at the University of Miami with students and faculty, and coordinated the first ever Florida medical school-wide ethics and humanities student conference this past May at the University of South Florida, in partnership with USF and UM-Miller faculty. She was her class president for two years in medical school, and sat on the Board of Trustees for the University of Miami as a student representative.
In 2010, she moved to Maryland for a year to complete a Howard Hughes Medical Institute –NIH research fellowship, studying the role of osmotic transport pathways in uterine fibroid growth. While in her AMSA fellowship year, Aliye is applying to Ob/Gyn residency programs, and has interests in family planning, international maternal-fetal health, and of course, medical education.
Aliye’s ideal career includes clinical practice, international healthcare sustainability, teaching medical students and residents (in ob/gyn and medical humanities), writing, and promoting wellness in medical training. Aliye loves to discover new music, invent vegetarian recipes, do yoga and meditation, and is always looking for a choir to join that will tolerate her crazy schedule.
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