Ankita is currently a medical student at the Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2017. She has earned a Bachelors of Science in Biomedical Science from Texas A&M University and graduated with a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Social & Behavioral Health from the Texas A&M Health Science Center. Before matriculating into medical school, she worked as a Health Consultant in Dallas, TX helping individuals manage their care and navigate through the U.S. healthcare system. Ankita is passionate about patient advocacy, women’s health, osteopathic medicine, and caring for underserved populations. She is determined to help bridge the gap between the public health and medical fields.
Ankita has been involved in AMSA since her freshman year of college and feels strongly about how much the organization has helped her develop professionally. She founded and was the inaugural President of the AMSA chapter at her medical school. During her tenure, her school’s chapter won First Place in AMSA’s “Excellence in Advocacy” contest, completed over 300 hours of community service, and became very involved in national advocacy, outreach, and medical education activities. She continues to be involved in her local AMSA chapter as a mentor.
Ankita is delighted to serve AMSA at a national level as the Professionalism & Ethics Chair. She is looking forward to an exciting year of member engagement, empowerment, development, and education. In her limited spare time, you can find Ankita curled up with a good book, cooking spicy foods, dancing, and spending time with her amazing family!
Jennifer L. Keating
Jennifer L. Keating is a third year medical student and member of the Class of 2018 at the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine. She was born and raised in rural South Dakota. She graduated summa cum laude with honors from the University of South Dakota with a B.A. in Political Science and Criminal Justice. She then attended the University of South Dakota School of Law, serving as Editor-in-Chief of the South Dakota Law Review, participating in various extracurricular activities, and graduating in the top 10% of her class. After law school, she worked for one year as a law clerk to the Hon. Justice Sabers and Hon. Justice Severson of the South Dakota Supreme Court, and then for nearly five years as a business attorney at Davenport, Evans, Hurwitz & Smith, LLP, in Sioux Falls, SD. Her practice focused on lending, employment, health, real estate, corporate, contract, and general business law.
Jennifer is married to her wonderfully supportive husband, Jeromie, and they have an 8-month-old Golden Retriever named Bailey. They enjoy traveling both nationally and internationally, spending time with family and friends, cheering on the San Francisco 49ers (although these last few years have been tough), and biking Sioux Falls’ beautiful bike trails.
Since starting medical school, Jennifer has been drawn to the complexity and thought-provoking nature of medical ethics. She is excited to immerse herself in the advocacy of professional and ethical matters on a national level as the Advocacy Coordinator of the Professionalism & Ethics Committee of AMSA.
Ashley Barker is a junior at the University of Mississippi majoring in Biology with minors in Chemistry, Neuroscience, and Psychology. She is a research assistant in a Psychopharmacology Lab and spends her free time tutoring her peers in Biology, Neuroscience, and American Sign Language. Ashley strives to become a Pediatric Surgeon with a concentration in Oncology. Born and raised in Southern California, Ashley enjoys playing volleyball, surfing, sailing and rooting for her favorite football team the Washington Redskins!
Ashley was recently elected Vice President of the Ole Miss AMSA chapter as well as the professionalism & ethics Programming Coordinator at the national level for AMSA. As a hard-of-hearing individual, she began to learn American Sign Language at a young age and is now fluent in ASL. Her passion for the language and its values has led her to initiate a program raising awareness for the deaf/hard-of-hearing individual, as well as educating others about the deaf community and culture. She is excited and honored to begin working alongside her fellow peers to create a stronger medical community.