USF Medical Students elected to national AMA student section positions

Continuing the success of USF medical students taking active roles on national stages, two second-year students in the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine were recently elected to positions in the American Medical Association student section’s (AMA-MSS) Region 4 Governing Council.

David Aum and Johanna Yun were each attending the recent AMA-MSS meeting in Chicago as delegates for USF. On the second day of the conference, the new Governing Council elections took place for Region 4, which includes medical schools from across Florida, but also those in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, and Tennessee.

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Second-year medical students David Aum and Johanna Yun.

Through those elections, David Aum was elected secretary treasurer of the Region 4 Governing Council and Johanna Yun was elected as representative to the AMA Foundation for Region 4.

Medical students are provided with supportive funding for travel to conferences by the MCOM Dean’s Office through the MCOM Office of Student Affairs, including for events that promote student learning and research activities. In their travel summaries for the Office of Student Affairs, Aum and Yun expressed the impact USF has in this national group.

“As a first-time attendee, I was struck by how active and prominent USF MCOM has been on the national stage in AMA-MSS,” Aum said. “I met with the chair of the Governing Council William Pearce, MD, and Cameron Paterson, MD, delegate to the House of Delegates, who both just graduated from USF this year. No other medical school in the country was represented twice on the Governing Council, which I believe speaks to the strength and passion of USF students. Part of that success comes from the willingness and commitment of the Office of Student Affairs to fund such trips to AMA meetings so that USF students can have the opportunity to learn and lead. I look forward to cultivating the next generation of AMA-MSS power players from our school!”

While at the conference, both Aum and Yun also participated in discussions of upcoming resolutions for Region 4.

“It was an enlightening and motivating experience to debate policy on a gamut of health care issues ranging from mental health to near-death organ donation,” Aum said. “It was a wonderful experience to meet and connect with medical students actively interested in some of the most complex and contentious issues facing the next generation of physicians.”

“I attended as alternate delegate on behalf of USF and as the head recruiter for our school,” Yun said. “At the conference, I voted and recommended decisions on resolutions with David (Aum), our primary delegate. I learned about the resolution process while at the conference and am now considering authoring one with David next year. I believe that by voting, taking workshops, and by running for a position successfully, I was able to represent our school well and make sure that we had our voices heard.”