Today’s spotlight is AMSA member and leader Thomas Frauenhofer! Thomas is a second-year medical student at Alabama College of Osteopathic Medicine Chapter, pursuing a focus in Emergency Medicine.
Joining AMSA was an easy choice for me because it is the largest medical student organization for both M.D. and D.O. students. As a D.O. student, AMSA offers me the opportunity to interact with my M.D. colleagues while advocating for health care policies that I consider important.
At last year’s National Convention I had the privilege of hearing from many renowned guest speakers but one in particular inspired me to become an AMSA leader. During the speech it was emphasized that the ‘medical students of today will be responsible for shaping the health care policy of tomorrow.’ In order to be a part of defining that future I wanted to take action and became a Regional Director.
My favorite AMSA moment was participating in the preliminary Sim Challenge competition at my school. I worked with a team of four peers in a timed scenario to elicit a patient history, perform an exam, and direct care to stabilize our sim patient. This was a fun and challenging experience that also taught me invaluable lessons about teamwork in the health care setting. I would highly recommend all AMSA members try and participate in the Sim Challenge.
As an AMSA leader it is our duty to speak out on behalf of the AMSA community and become their collective voice while advocating health care policies. Furthermore, it is equally as important that we listen to our members, gathering ideas and suggestions about how to better achieve that goal.
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