Daniel is a rising fourth year at ETSU Quillen COM in Johnson City, TN. After graduating undergrad with degrees in Biochemistry and Spanish, he received a U.S. Fulbright Grant to Barcelona, Spain where he lived for a year continuing his medicinal chemistry research on Hepatitis C virus. He also worked with the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona on public outreach and educational programming, and it is there that he developed his passion for community and special populations advocacy, as well as teaching and education. Daniel completed graduate training as a Spanish healthcare interpreter and regularly provides language access services to the hospital systems in his area. He continues to work with administrative committees for medical education curriculum reform and for diversity and inclusion programming in his school. His passion for Med Ed and advocacy for caring for marginalized patient populations lead him to be AMSA’s Cultural Sensitivity Coordinator on the REACH Action Committee in 2015.
As the Chair of the Med Ed Team, he hopes to collaborate with the BOT Leadership and the other Chairs to develop ways to strengthen the educational framework of AMSA programming so AMSA members continue to grow as community leaders and skilled advocates. He plans on pursuing a residency in Anesthesia and aspires to be a leading medical educator in his career. He enjoys writing and eating all the foods in his spare time.
Chiamaka is a Nigerian born, Brooklyn raised medical student at the New York Medical College. She graduated from the University at Buffalo with a B.S. in biology and M.A. in biology. Her undergraduate concentration was pre-health studies and her graduate degree concentration was neuroscience. During graduate school, she was a paid teaching assistant for evolutionary biology and cell biology. She has five years of bench research experience and a longitudinal track record of volunteering and leadership. Most recently she is Vice Chair of the Legislation Task Force (LATF) under AMA-MSS COLA region 7 for 2016-2017. LATF is a new initiative implemented to fill the need for medical student advocacy opportunities on a local and national level. LATF will also create much needed collaboration among medical students in the northeast region. She is engaged in the medical education concentration in her medical school and is currently conducting research on how to teach medical students and allied professionals to use culturally sensitive outreach strategies. Chiamaka is cofounder and treasurer of the Commuter Student Union and is part of a health policy elective in her school. Her mother was an elementary school teacher and her father is a community pharmacist. She admits that her passion for medicine and education stems from experiencing her parents’ contribution to their family and Brooklyn community. One of her role models is Abraham Flexner, writer of the Flexner report who advanced and standardized medical education in the US and Europe. As the Medical Education Advocacy Coordinator, Chiamaka seeks to encourage medical engagement in the Beyond Flexner Movement to help train culturally sensitive physicians.
Jessica English is a member of the class of 2017 at Quillen College of Medicine at East Tennessee State University. She graduated summa cum laude from Mercer University with an undergraduate major in biology and minors in chemistry and business administration. Soon after entering medical school she was elected to the Medical Student Education Committee. Her work with MSEC led to involvement on a subsequent subcommittee and working group devoted to evaluation and improvement of medical education curriculum. She also served as an officer for the Wilderness Medicine Interest Group at ETSU, involved in the programming of the interest group while pursuing a fellowship from the Wilderness Medical Society. She began involvement with AMSA through participation in the Public Health Scholars Program. Her professional interests include education pedagogy, societal issues in medicine, and public health. During her free time she enjoys playing golf, training her dog, and being outside.