AMSA members around the world are doing amazing things every day. Each month we will be highlighting an AMSA National Leader or Chapter Officer who is making an impact on AMSA, medical education, and their own career. Join us as we celebrate the AMSA family!
Spotlight: Isaiah A. Cochran – Vice President for Membership
When did you join AMSA?
AMSA Leadership Experience
Waynesburg University AMSA Chapter President 2012-2014
AMSA National Premedical Regional Director 2013-2014
AMSA Board of Trustees Premedical Trustee 2014-2015
AMSA National Global Health Chair 2015-2016
AMSA Board of Trustees Vice President of Membership 2016-2017
Why did you join AMSA?
I joined AMSA for mainly for 3 reasons:
1.) I wanted to (at the time) learn more about what it takes to get into medical school, while integrating my want to be an activist in the field of healthcare.
2.) I wanted to learn what it would take to make a difference in the changing field of healthcare, both here in the united states and abroad.
3.) Once, I attended the convention in 2012, I knew that I wanted to get more involved at the national level. Working at the national level I believed would allow me to help other students who also wanted to learn more about AMSA.
Lastly, AMSA is a progressive organization both in terms of healthcare and socially and this really appealed to me
Why did you become an AMSA leader?
I became a national leader, simply to share my experience with other physicians in training. Also, I felt as a national leader I could really get connected with people who one day may want to do the same type of things in medicine I want to one day.
I also wanted to pay it forward and help all people in the organization understand what AMSA really stands for.
Tell us about a favorite AMSA moment.
My favorite moment so far in AMSA, was when I had the chance to meet the surgeon general in 2015. This was something that I will never forget.
I also over the years, have enjoyed meeting all of the members at each of the conventions.
Even more so I have enjoyed meeting the new leaders at each of the Building on Foundations events.
What advice would you give to current & future AMSA leaders?
I would just advise them to remember the mission of AMSA. With this in mind I ask them to reach out to all people that they know interested in medicine. I say this because AMSA will change the way you look at medicine. It will open your eyes in my opinion to what it takes to be a physician advocate.