Shima is a premedical graduate of the University of Maryland. With a background as a steering committee member of the AIDS Advocacy Network, fighting for the rights of patients living with HIV, he has a passion for supporting and creating opportunities for underserved communities. As Gender & Sexuality Chair, Shima hopes to create a network for queer members of AMSA and to educate on and advocate for women’s and queer health.
LGBT Advocacy Coordinator
Charlotte Hastings is a member of the class of 2018 at the University of Vermont College of Medicine. Charlotte grew up in Vermont, attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT and took four years off before returning to her home state for medical school. Before UVM, she worked in HIV prevention in South Africa, researched Medicaid changes for a health policy firm in DC, and helped support health focused social entrepreneurs for the international nonprofit Ashoka. Shortly after starting medical school, Charlotte started to notice the imminent need to improve medical education around LGBTQ health. In an effort to improve curricula and create a safe space for LGBTQ identified medical students, she helped to found the Northeast Medical Student Queer Alliance (NMSQA). She hopes her work with AMSA will help create a united national effort to improve LGBTQ health education and give medical students a voice in advocacy efforts for the LGBTQ community.
LGBT Programming Coordinator
Erin Baroni is a fourth year medical student at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. She completed her BA in Biology at the University of Texas in Austin before moving to Lubbock, Texas, for medical school. She is pursuing a residency in internal medicine-pediatrics with hopes to establish a practice focused on LGBT care.
She founded the first LGBT organization at her home institution. After working locally for two years, she decided she wanted to expand her efforts. She was elected to AMSA’s Gender & Sexuality Committee as the national LGBT programming coordinator with high hopes for expanding AMSA’s efforts in LGBT medical education and advocacy.
Women’s Advocacy Coordinator
Smridhi is currently a senior majoring in biomedical engineering and minoring in psychology at The University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2016, she will begin her journey as a medical student at McGovern Medical School at UT Houston in the Class of 2020. Smridhi has been part of national AMSA since her freshman year of college, and completely fell in love with the organization and the passion of its members after attending the national conference.
Smridhi is passionate about women’s advocacy, health care policy, and global health. She is a strong advocate for gender equality, and believes that big changes spark from small actions. As Women’s Advocacy Coordinator, Smridhi hopes to assist the movement for gender equality around the world. She is looking forward to interacting with members and and serving AMSA at the national level. In her spare time, Smridhi loves to explore various food trucks, read, kayak, travel, and get her adrenaline going with activities such as skydiving!
Women’s Programming Coordinator
Mackenzie graduated from the University of Wisconsin- Madison in May with a degree in Gender & Women’s Studies, Global Health, and Leadership. Throughout her gap year, Mackenzie will continue working as an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician for a rural village in Wisconsin. During her undergrad, Mackenzie was awarded a Wisconsin Idea Undergraduate Fellowship that granted her the money to design and implement a women’s empowerment soap-making project in Lweza, Uganda. Mackenzie won the Peter Bosscher Award for Achievement in Globally Engaged Learning from the Wisconsin Without Borders organization for her work on the soap project. In her spare time, Mackenzie enjoys reading, camping, being walked by her puppy, and drinking coffee. Over this next year, Mackenzie plans on planting the best garden in which she can proudly eat some homegrown vegetables! Mackenzie joined AMSA as a first-semester freshman undergraduate and has become extremely passionate about the organization, having served as an Outreach Trustee, Vice President of Program Development, and Co-President. As the Women’s Programming Coordinator, Mackenzie wants to increase advocacy for women underrepresented in health care and research. She has a special interest in exploring rural health disparities as it pertains to breastfeeding and reproductive health.