Student Editor and Editorial Advisory Board

Are you interested in joining The New Physician magazine’s editorial staff? The New Physician is looking for four AMSA members* to serve on our Editorial Advisory Board and one to serve as our Student Editor.

The Editorial Advisory Board members work closely with staff and the Student Editor to plan strong magazine stories for our readers and have other opportunities to contribute. If elected, you will be expected to collaborate throughout the year with staff, fellow advisory board members, and the Student Editor. AMSA’s Student Editor is a voting member of the board of trustees.

Magazine or other journalism experience is preferred, but not required. All applicants must commit to:

  • Monthly conference call
  • Collaborative activities throughout the year
  • AMSA’s Building On Foundations leadership training in-person meeting: May 2019, location TBD

The Student Editor must also be able to travel to in-person meetings of the Board of Trustees and AMSA’s annual conventions during the two-year term. As a full, voting member of the Board of Trustees, the Student Editor must be a medical student and meet the other obligations of the association’s trustees. Selected Editorial Advisory Board applicants will serve from May 1, 2019, until April 30, 2020. The selected Student Editor wwill serve from May 1, 2019, until April 30, 2021.

Applications are due November 19, 2018, AT 11:59 PM PST. Submit your application below. Please email tnp@amsa.org for additional information or if you have any questions.

*TNP subscribers are welcome to apply for Editorial Advisory Board positions.

The New Physician‘s Editorial Advisory Board members and Student Editor help staff plan strong magazine stories for our readers. The members of the advisory board serve one year terms beginning in May. The Student Editor serves for two years, and is a voting member of AMSA’s Board of Trustees. See below for the current leadership.

The New Physician Student Editor

Ton La, Jr.


Ton (T.J.) is a fourth-year MD/JD student at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Houston Law Center. He is also a Summa cum laude honors graduate of the University of Houston (UH). As part of National AMSA, T.J. serves on the Board of Trustees as the Student Editor of The New Physician magazine and previously served on the TNP’s Editorial Advisory Board May 2015 – May 2017.

In the past, T.J. volunteered over 1300 hours at Texas Children’s Hospital and the Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center. As an undergraduate student, he was one of ten U.S. students to participate in the commemorations of the 70th Anniversary of D-Day in Caen, France; was the student editor of the UH Scholar Enrichment Program; competed in the 8th Annual Clinton Global Initiative University at the University of Miami; and helped launch the first Texas public Campus Kitchen chapter at UH as an affiliate of the Bonner Leaders Program. T.J. is also a pianist and a 3rd degree black belt in Taekwondo and Hapkido.

The New Physician Editorial Advisory Board

Sonya Parashar, MD


Sonya Parashar completed her medical training at University of Kansas School of Medicine, where she will also be an incoming internal medicine resident. She received her B.A. in Biology and Ancient History from the University of Pennsylvania. In her free time, she can be found reading, learning how to cook, listening to podcasts, and planning trips to national parks.

Rachel Shenoi


Rachel is a senior at the University of Houston, pursuing degrees in Biology and Psychology, with minors in Spanish and Medicine and Society. As an undergraduate, she performed research on CD8+ T-cell phenotypes in pediatric patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) and Lupus Nephritis at Baylor College of Medicine. In her free time, she enjoys arts and crafts, singing with an all-girls A Capella group on campus, and spending time with family and friends.

Throughout her undergraduate career, she has enjoyed volunteering as a mentor for refugee students in Houston through the Partnership for the Advancement and Immersion of Refugees (PAIR), and served as the President of the PAIR-University of Houston Chapter. She attended the Clinton Global Initiative-University 2017 Conference with her team members to develop a summer program aiming to provide reproductive health workshops to refugee high school students. She is committed to studying and improving child wellness, and hopes to gain a broader understanding of current issues in health care while serving on the Editorial Advisory Board for The New Physician magazine this year.

Robin Ulep, MD


Robin is a Neurology resident at the University of Virginia. She is a recent graduate from the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School with an international medical background from both Brisbane, Australia, and New Orleans, Louisiana. She graduated with honors from Brown University, where she majored in Biology with a focus in Physiology and Biotechnology. As an undergraduate, she contributed to the Brown Daily Herald and performed in the female spoken word group, Archipelag-a. Following graduation, she joined Teach For America as a high school Special Education teacher.

Robin has been a contributor to The New Physician magazine for the past three years and a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for the past year. She is excited to be joining the Editorial Advisory Board again this year. Her interests include medical education and exploring the humanities in medicine. She hopes to encourage more international medical students to engage in dialogue about social issues in medicine.

Aquila Lesko


Aquila is a third-year medical student at Saint James School of Medicine. She graduated from Niagara University in New York with a B.S. in biochemistry and two minors in psychology and biology. During undergraduate, she conducted research on metabolite concentrations in various breast cell cancer lines. Through her local AMSA chapter, Aquila has logged over 100 hours of providing vital sign screenings to underserved communities in the West Indies. She is passionate about mental health and hopes to obtain a residency in psychiatry.

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