Vice President for Leadership Development

August 12, 2019

Avanthi is a fourth-year medical student at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. She graduated from Virginia Tech with degrees in Spanish and Biological Sciences with a Microbiology concentration. Early in her training, she volunteered regularly at a rural free clinic where she witnessed systemic injustice in the healthcare system. It was her patients that ignited her passion and unwavering drive for healthcare reform and health equity. In medical school, Avanthi served as the Co-President for the AMSA Chapter and hosted numerous events such as lobby days and advocacy skills workshops to engage others in student activism. Her leadership team was recognized as the recipient of the Paul R. Wright Chapter Success Award in 2017 for their strong commitment towards building and strengthening future physician leaders in the community. Avanthi has also taken an active role with National AMSA by serving as a Co-Chair for the AIDS Advocacy Network and most recently, AMSA’s Education and Advocacy Fellow. As the AMSA Fellow, she worked closely with AMSA’s National Leadership on major programming and advocacy campaigns related to gun violence prevention, civic engagement, access to medicines, and affordable health care. Now in her tenth year with AMSA, Avanthi will be stepping into the role of Vice President for Leadership Development. She is excited to work in tandem with AMSA Leaders to drive forward AMSA’s educational programming and advocacy initiatives for social justice.