American Medical Student Association Welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Koetje

Jeff Koetje, MDSterling, VA—The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation’s largest, independent medical student organization, welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Koetje as its Education and Research Director.

In this essential role, Koetje will be providing day-to-day oversight, leadership and expertise in the ongoing development, planning, execution, monitoring and evaluation of educational programs, research activities and projects for AMSA and the AMSA Foundation. He will continuously evaluate and improve all aspects of programming, fostering innovation and efficiency in all educational endeavors to meet the diverse needs of physicians-in-training.

“As AMSA’s Education and Research Director, I am most excited for the opportunity to support and further the many great projects that are already ongoing and established, including the PharmFree and Health Equity Campaigns,” states Koetje. “I am also eager to push in new directions. There is a growing urgency around the need for interprofessional education (IPE), the pedagogical practice of exposing medical students to the diverse and essential roles of all the professions which are a part of the care continuum.”

Koetje has devoted his professional life to supporting and enriching the personal and professional development of students entering the health professions. He recently served as director of pre-health programs for Kaplan Test Prep, where he was responsible for the design and delivery of Kaplan’s MCAT, PCAT and OAT curriculum. He also served as director of the Kaplan MCAT Summer Intensive Program, a six-week, immersion course that combines classroom instruction, small group workshops, one-on-one tutoring and practice test sessions.

“Finding an ideally suited Education and Research Director to bring innovation, enthusiasm, critical thinking and content knowledge has been a central element of my vision for AMSA since I began my post,” says Carol Williams-Nickelson, PsyD, AMSA executive director. “Dr. Koetje is the perfect fit - he brings the unique combination of expertise and experience in curriculum design and evaluation, program management, research methodology, business development, teaching and mentoring. What's more, he is interpersonally delightful and his personal and professional passions are directly aligned with AMSA's values, beliefs and purpose.”

Koetje received his B.A. in Biology from Johns Hopkins University and an M.D. from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine. After medical school, he spent three years pursuing interests of personal development, including one year living and working in Latin America, and completing two years of study at the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, where he focused on Feminist and Queer Literary Criticism of the Christian scriptures.

About the American Medical Student Association

AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at

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