Keanan McGonigle is a first-year medical student at Tulane University School of Medicine in New Orleans, Louisiana. He graduated with a B.A. in Human Biology from the University of Virginia in 2014, an interdisciplinary degree encompassing social sciences and basic biological research. He stayed at UVA through 2015, completing a Master of Public Policy at UVA’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. Keanan’s undergraduate thesis took him to rural South Africa, where he assessed the public health and policy implications of HIV drug resistance in small, rural clinics. His master’s thesis assessed models of healthcare financing for people living with HIV in Virginia for the state’s AIDS Drug Assistance Program. At Tulane, Keanan directs the school’s HIV and Hepatitis C Virus testing program, working in homeless shelters and rehab centers across the city.
Keanan began working with AMSA as an undergrad, serving as Policy Chair for UVA’s Pre-med chapter. Over summer 2012, he worked closely with the AMSA Pharm-Free Fellow in Washington DC at the International AIDS Conference to advocate for the rights of people living with HIV around the world. Keanan found AMSA’s social justice roots incredibly compelling and continued to serve in leadership roles at UVA. He joined AMSA’s AIDS Advocacy Network and was thrilled to work with passionate advocates for global health justice and equity. Keanan continues to serve as a member of AAN’s steering committee and is excited to empower AMSA chapters to advocate for their patients through direct action and legislative work. At Tulane, Keanan was elected Vice President of the school’s chapter and has ramped up elements of advocacy and direct action into AMSA’s work in New Orleans. Keanan hopes to place Tulane at the forefront of New Orleans’ fight for social justice and health equity.
Peter Nauka is an upcoming second year medical student at the Hofstra-Northwell School of Medicine. He graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in 2014 with his B.S. in Chemical Engineering. At UCLA, he worked as a research assistant in a polymer bioconjugate laboratory, studying methods to improve conjugation yield between polymers and therapeutic proteins. During his last year at UCLA, he also volunteered as a researcher in the Emergency Department, studying sources of non-emergent, low acuity ED utilization.
Peter’s interest in AMSA began during his time as a premedical student at UCLA. He was involved extensively with the premedical chapter, serving in a variety of leadership roles. AMSA played a large role in helping Peter develop his interest in medicine, and his experiences in AMSA helped solidify his decision to become a physician. Peter is one of the current co-chairs of his medical school’s AMSA chapter. When not studying, Peter enjoys to play soccer and photography.