“I became an AMSA leader to have a voice”

April 01, 2018

Leader Spotlight: Ashley Barker

Today’s spotlight is AMSA member and leader Ashley Barker! Ashley is a senior at University of Mississippi and AMSA’s National Chair of the Professionalism and Ethics Action Committee for the 2017-2018 year.

Ole Miss AMSA Chapter President, 2017-18; previously Chapter Secretary and Vice President. Chair of AMSA National Professionalism & Ethics Action Committee, 2017-18.

Why did you join AMSA?

I joined AMSA to belong to a group for premedical students. I loved my local chapter and the president at the time recommended me to look into a national leader. I knew I would have a voice in the things that matter and to items that were important to me as well.

Why did you become an AMSA leader?

I became an AMSA leader to have a voice. I always was passionate about things that mattered to me, happened to me or that were important in the medical community. Being a national leader allowed me to advocate and work for these reasons. I was also allowed to connect our local chapter with national more.

What is your favorite AMSA moment?

Convention. 2016 and 2017. Convention 2016 really made me want to become a national leader. I met such amazing leaders that were supportive of me. The 2017 convention was amazing. I loved meeting other AMSA members as a leader. Both conventions were amazing and made me love and become more passionate about AMSA!

What advice would you give to current & future AMSA leaders?

Don’t be afraid to share with other leaders what you feel is important! They will be supportive and will find a way to advocate or program for the topic or issue you’re passionate about.


Do you know of an AMSA Member and Leader who deserves to be recognized? Do you want to share your leadership story with other AMSA members? Share your story for consideration! Selected leaders will be featured on AMSA’s On Call blog.