Officers 2018-2019

PRESIDENT

Andrea Parra

Hello AMSA! My name is Andrea Parra and I am incredibly honored to be serving as this year’s 2018-2019 AMSA President! I recently obtained my BS in Biological Sciences this past August of 2018, and I am now in the process of achieving my ultimate goal of becoming a physician. I was born in Venezuela and at the age of 12 my parents and I moved to Madrid, Spain, where I lived for 8 years. I moved to the U.S. 4 years ago to begin college, and I transferred to FAU in my sophomore year. That year I became a part of the AMSA family and without doubt, it was one of the best decisions I have made. Becoming actively involved in this wonderful organization has opened many doors for me, making me feel at home again. I am the former Director of International Outreach, in which I planned and organized the international mission trips to the Bahamas and Costa Rica. I am beyond excited to work alongside the rest of this empowering leadership team to offer all possible opportunities to our members, and to make this year a memorable one. AMSA inspired me to become better, to aspire greatness, and to commit to my goals. I hope that each of our members finds what they are looking for when they join AMSA, and that they leave with beautiful lessons learned that they will carry with them in their future academic and professional endeavors. Writing, reading, singing, and traveling are some of the things I love to do. I am looking forward to getting to know all of you! Please do not hesitate to contact me with any ideas, questions, concerns, or traveling plans!

“The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today” – H. Jackson Brown Jr.

Email: aparra2015@fau.edu


VICE PRESIDENT

Jonathan Nakhla

Hello AMSA members! My name is Jonathan Nakhla and I am so honored to serve you this year as the 2018-2019 Vice President. I am currently entering my senior year and I am pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience & Behavior with aspirations to attend medical school in the future! I was born and raised in New Jersey and always dreamed of going to college in Florida so here I am! In my free time, I love going to the beach at night, playing sports with my friends, and eating a lot of food so if you have any suggestions please let me know! Becoming involved in AMSA was one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life, period. The friendships I have gained,and the experiences that I have had are indescribable and would have never been possible without AMSA. Last year, I served as one of the Co-Directors for volunteering and AMSA contributed over 600 hours to our neighboring communities which was a huge milestone for us! I am so thrilled to start this journey with you all and I cannot wait to meet each and every one of you. Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns, I will always be here to help you with anything you need!

“Live as if you were to die tomorrow, learn as if you were to live forever” –Gandhi

“Don’t compare your path with anybody else’s, your path is unique to you”

Email: jnakhla2016@fau.edu


SECRETARY

Vishala Ramdin

Greetings! My name is Vishala Ramdin, and it is my pleasure to be serving as your 2018-2019 AMSA Secretary this year. Currently, I am finishing my last year in my Bachelors of Biology, and I am interested in pursuing graduate school. I’m dedicated to making sure that each and everyone is able to utilize the resources that AMSA presents to the best of their ability. I have been a member of AMSA@FAU since 2014, and each year my passion and interest within the organization continues to grow. Previously, I was one of the Co-Directors of Multicultural Medicine, which allowed me my first opportunity to grow as a leader in AMSA. I am so excited and looking forward to meeting all of our members and fulfilling all of the requests, duties, and tasks that may be required of me. I am here as a resource to all, and I cannot wait to begin this journey of assisting you as you continue to aspire to reach your goal as a future healthcare professional. Please feel free to reach out for anything at all, even if it is just to say hello! I cannot wait to have another amazing AMSA@FAU year with all of you! You can contact me for any thoughts, questions or concerns.

Email: vramdin2014@fau.edu


TREASURER

Kimarah Lamothe

Hello my name is Kimarah Lamothe, but most people call me Kim. I am both excited and honored to be serving as Treasurer for the 2018-2019 academic year. I have been a part of AMSA for 4 years now and served as the Co-Director of Fundraising for two years. AMSA means a lot to me because through AMSA I have come across so many opportunities over the years through volunteer experiences, meeting amazing people, and access to a ton of sources that helped me solidify my career path. A little about myself, I am currently studying chemistry and plan on applying to a master’s program in biomedical engineering before making my way to medical school. I have an enormous interest in research, chemical processes and the different ways we extrapolate information gained from observing these processes. I have done previous research in quantum chemistry focusing mostly on molecular modeling. I am currently doing research in neuroscience at FAU, looking at the activity of the hippocampus in learning and memory. My goal in life is to be able to always learn new and interesting things. During my free time to unwind I love watching old movies, foreign movies, reading, and drawing. I think this year will be amazing, we will accomplish so much and I am glad to be serving on the executive board to make this the best year ever.

Email: klamothe@fau.edu


SERGEANT AT ARMS

Alexandra Urdaneta

Hello! My name is Alexandra Urdaneta and I am proud to be AMSA’s Sergeant at Arms for the 2018-2019 academic year. As Sergeant at Arms, my role is to serve as the liaison for our organization to National AMSA and Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine. In particular, I am responsible for coordinating our involvement in the standardized patient program, gross anatomy labs, and the new healthcare careers outreach program. In addition, I am involved in planning the trip to AMSA’s national convention. I am currently a senior pursuing my bachelors of science in biology. After graduation, I aspire to obtain a masters degree in biomedical sciences and continue my research. Afterwards, I hope to go to medical school. My passion for medicine came during my time living in my home country of Venezuela – I was inspired to make healthcare more accessible to people of all walks of life. During my journey through my education and beyond, I hope to help as many people as I can… starting with all of our AMSA members. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, comments or concerns. I am thrilled for this year and know it will be a great one – full of new and exciting experiences and opportunities for growth.

Email: urdanetaa2014@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF RECORDS

Daniel Garcia

Hello, fellow AMSA members! My name is Daniel Garcia and I’m one of the Co-Directors of Records for the 2018-2019 school year. Alongside my co-director Lilian Villatoro, I will be in charge of recording attendance points, volunteer hours, member records, and distributing T-shirts. I am currently in my senior year and majoring in Biology. I plan on attending graduate school after graduating from FAU and pursuing a career in the pharmaceutical industry, specifically in drug research and development. I’m half Peruvian and half Salvadorian, so naturally I’m always eating good food. Whenever I have free time, I love to eat, watch Netflix, and sleep. I’m excited to be a part of the leadership team this year, and I can’t wait to see you all at the events!

Email: garciadaniel2015@fau.edu

Lilian Villatoro

Hello AMSA! My name is Lilian Villatoro. I am honored to be serving as one of AMSA’s Directors of Records for the 2018-2019 school year! Together with Daniel Garcia, I will be responsible for taking points, keeping track of volunteer hours, member records and T-Shirt distribution. I have been a proud member of AMSA since 2016, it has helped me broaden my horizons and motivate me more towards my goals in medicine. Currently, I am a Senior pursuing a Bachelors Degree of Science in Biology. My ultimate goal is to become a Pediatrician and to one day have my own practice. When I’m not studying I enjoy spending time with family and traveling. I look forward to meeting new faces and making this a successful year with AMSA at FAU!

Email: lpalacios2013@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS

Mariam Aamir

Hey guys, my name is Mariam Aamir and I extremely excited to serve as one of your Directors of Marketing and Communications.  I will be working with my co-director Ali Hamadeh and we will be managing and updating the AMSA website, flyers, social media and making sure that all members are informed about all activities. I became a part of the AMSA family in Fall of 2017 and it was definitely, without a doubt, one of the best decisions I have ever made! I was able to meet amazing people with similar interests as me and hearing about their goals and progress just served as motivation for me. It was in that moment that I instantly knew this is exactly where I belong. Aside from AMSA, I am currently working towards my bachelor’s degree in Biology and my dream is to become a Pediatrician because I want to make a difference and I love kids. When I’m not helping with AMSA or studying, I enjoy spending time with my family, relaxing, or going on adventures. I am really excited to work and give back to an organization that has given me so much, with that being said I can’t wait to meet and help all of you. Please don’t hesitate to contact me and remember, smile for the camera!!

“It always seems impossible until it’s done” – Nelson Mandela

Email: maamir2016@fau.edu

Ali Hamadeh

Hello AMSA members! My name is Ali Hamadeh and i am a third year undergraduate student pursuing a biology degree. Alongside Mariam Aamir, I have the honor of leading as your 2018-2019 Co-Director of marketing and communications. My position entails me to maintain our social media, website, flyers, and keep up with weekly emails. We will make sure that there is no AMSA information that goes unknown, no event that goes undocumented, and no questions that go unanswered.  I am a pretty open friendly guy. I am American by birth and Lebanese by blood and speak both English and Arabic. I love inspiring people to truly do their best and i am no exception. My goal is to become a top class Geneticist and to make a positive impact on humanity. My favorite food is an Egyptian dish called Mulukhia and anyone who knows me, knows that I’m not a fan of any type of fatty foods. I try to stay active as much as possible, but love me a good video game session. If you have any questions about anything AMSA related, or just want to hang out and talk, I’m your guy!

“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible”–Walt Disney

Email: ahamadeh2016@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF VOLUNTEERING

Cesar Flores

Hello, fellow AMSA members! My name is Cesar Flores and I’ll be one of your Co-Directors of Volunteering in the 2018-2019 school year. I am a sophomore pursing a BS in Biological Sciences. My goal is to become a surgeon. My hobbies include listening to music, watching my stories, and trying out new things. My hope is to provide fun and engaging events for volunteering. Any suggestions or concerns that you may have don’t hesitate to ask and I’ll do my best to help.

Email: floresc2017@fau.edu

Tarik Wilson

Welcome my brothers and sisters of AMSA, I am Tarik Wilson and I am one of the Co-directors of volunteering for the upcoming 2018-2019 academic year. I am a senior Neuroscience and behavior major and I am from the Bronx in New York City. I plan to pursue my masters in clinical mental health to then go to medical school shortly after. The goal is not only to win the hearts and minds of civilians, but also to save them as well. I am a Spring 2018 initiate of the Innovative Omicron Gamma chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity Inc. and also a soldier in the United States Army. I am honored to have been voted this position and plan to expand this organization. My co and I will be planning volunteer/community service opportunities throughout the year. If you have any ideas that we have not thought of please approach us and we can discuss it. I am here for you. As my 6th grade algebra teacher used to say, “help me, help you.”

Email: Tarikwilson2014@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF FUNDRAISING

Geisy Pena Castillo

Hey guys! My name is Geisy Pena Castillo. I am very excited to serve all of you as your Co-Director of Fundraising for the 2018-2019 school year. I was born in New York and was raised in the Dominican Republic until I was 14 years old. Here at FAU, I am seeking a B.S. in biology with a minor in Psychology and one day will love to become a cardiologist. Outside of school, I love spending time with my family, dancing and watching movies. I am a very friendly and approachable person and enjoy teaching and helping people in any way a see possible. I joined AMSA in 2017 and since then, AMSA has helped me grow and find a more profound passion towards a medical career. It has helped me meet amazing people and has helped me become more involved on campus and with my community while gaining medical experience. During this year at AMSA I will be working with Sarah Fernandes, to oversee all the fundraising events and make them as fun and enjoyable as possible. Please if you have any questions or ideas don’t hesitate in contacting me. Can’t wait to see all the amazing things we will achieve together!

Email: gpenacastill2016@fau.edu

Sarah Fernandes

Hi! My name is Sarah Fernandes and I am so excited and honored to be serving as Co-Director of Fundraising for 2018-2019. I’m a junior majoring in Biological Sciences with a minor in Psychology. I joined AMSA when I transferred to FAU August 2017. It was one of the best decisions I made! My passion for Medicine began when my mom had a surgery that changed her life. Now I have the honor of shadowing her Neurosurgeon and want to become a surgeon one day as well. My goal as Co-Director of fundraising is not only to raise money for our organization, charities, and medical trips, but to also host events that will be fun for students. Events where students can raise money while meeting new students and having a good time. On my free time I enjoy lifting weights and taking classes at the recreation center such as TRX and pilates. I love learning and I absolutely love coffee, a little too much! I’d love to help in any way I can!! If you have any questions at all feel free to contact me!

Email: sfernandes2014@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF PREMEDICAL AFFAIRS

Andreas Noel-Williams

Hey y’all! My name is Andreas Noel-Williams. I look forward to being your Co-Director of Pre-Medical Affairs for the 2018-2019 academic year. I’m currently a Senior majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior with and minoring in Sociology. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school with the hopes of becoming a pediatrician; children are the future so I want heal them and have their little bodies at their best. I am a Florida boy born and raised originally from Kissimmee, FL the home of Disney World (I love Disney). I’m also a big fan of all the Orlando theme parks. I’m big on traveling and I’m a music festivals aficionado, particularly EDM based music festivals. When I’m not studying at the library or shadowing a physician you can find me there jamming out to some good music. Oh and my favorite DJ is the legend himself DJ Snake. I am looking forward to all the awesome that’s going to unfold this year, and I also can’t wait for all the memories we’re going to make. If you need help with anything don’t hesitate to reach out. Lets make this a great year!

Email: anoelwilliam2015@fau.edu

Giovanni Rodriguez

Hey everyone! My name is Giovanni Rodriguez. I look forward to being your Co-Director of Pre-Medical Affairs for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am currently a post baccalaureate graduate and have my bachelors in Exercise Science and Health Promotion. My ultimate goal is to attend medical school with the hopes of becoming a surgeon in either orthopedics or trauma. I’ve always had a passion of using my hands and fixing things, so that’s why I fell in love with surgery. I was born in Florida and have lived here all my life. I am a CrossFit Level 1 trainer, so if you ever need advice when it comes to lifting weights, do not hesitate to ask. I love traveling, working out, going out with friends and going to the beach. I can’t wait for all the awesome things that’s going to unfold this year and all the memories that we are going to make. It’s going to be a great year!

Email: giovannirodr2013@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH

Kaitlin Waite

Hi everyone! My name is Kaitlin Waite and I have the amazing pleasure to serve as the Director of International Outreach for the 2018-2019 Academic Year. I currently am a Junior here at FAU and am a double major in both Biology and Neuroscience and Behavior. Both the New Providence Outreach Trip and the Costa Rica Outreach Trip have had such a huge impact on me as a person as well as a leader, and I am very excited to continue to coordinate these trips once more. Other than AMSA, I serve as the Vice President for the Minority Association of Pre-Health Students, and I am also the Co-Lead Peer Mentor for the University Honors Program. In my free time, I like to volunteer, hang out with my friends, eat, or watch Netflix. I look forward to working with those of you who plan on attending the International Outreach Trips, and if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me, or my Co-Director

Email: kwaite2015@fau.edu

Julie Amador

Hello AMSA members! My name is Julie Amador and I am beyond excited and grateful to be AMSA’s Co-Director of International Outreach for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am currently a senior at FAU majoring in Biology and minoring in Graphic Design. I have attended the Costa Rica outreach trip in the past and it was such a humbling and memorable experience. I cannot wait to coordinate both the New Providence and Costa Rica outreach trips with Kaitlin for you guys. I hope to attend medical school in the future, and currently work as an ER scribe. My hobbies include hanging out with friends, listening to music, and drawing. I cannot wait for the International Outreach trips Kaitlin and I are coordinating for those of you who are attending. It’s going to be a fantastic year. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions!

Email: jamador2016@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF CLINICAL SKILLS

Princess Maryam Abdul-Akbar

My name is Princess Maryam Abdul-Akbar and I am honored to be one of the Co-Director of Clinical Skills. This is my third year as a member of the American Medical Student Association at FAU. I’m an undergraduate pursuing a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology. I am currently involved in research in the Nursing Department at the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing. I was previously involved in Mock Trial where my team and I had the opportunity to travel to Connecticut and participate in a national competition at Yale University. In addition, I volunteered at Bethesda Hospital and Garden of the Sahaba Academy. I work as a math tutor at the FAU Boca Campus. In my spare time, I like to go biking, driving, or watching Netflix at home. I was born in Brooklyn, New York and moved to Florida as a child. I was inspired to teach people about cardiovascular disease and its importance in our health because my family personally suffers from this disease. With that being said, I will take this opportunity to serve and represent AMSA to the best of my abilities. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns please do not hesitate to ask.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”– Benjamin Franklin

Email: pabdulakbar2013@fau.edu

Jennyferd Barco

Hi everyone! My name is Jennyferd Barco and I am so honored to serve as your Co-director of Clinical skills for a second year in a row. I am currently a senior pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Neuroscience and Behavior with a concentration in Pre-Health. This is my third year as an AMSA member and my second year as an officer. I am very honored to have the opportunity to spread awareness in the community and abroad about the risks of high blood pressure. By screening individuals in our community and abroad in New Providence, Bahamas and Costa Rica, we are able to spread awareness of the dangers of Hypertension and motivate others to lead a healthier lifestyle. My goal is to prepare AMSA members in taking manual blood pressure, BMI, pulse rate, and temperature in order to have them screen individuals in our community or abroad, and teach AMSA members important clinical skills that they will use in their future career as healthcare professionals. We also distribute pamphlets about Hypertension and how to lead a healthier lifestyle from the CDC to individuals. I encourage all AMSA members to come to our training session and gain some valuable skills! A little more about me is that I aspire to go to medical school in hopes of one day becoming a doctor and I am currently an Emergency Room Scribe. In my free time I love to volunteer in a Hospice unit to visit patients, watch Netflix, and sleep. If you have any questions please feel free to contact me!

Email: jbarco2015@fau.edu


DIRECTORS OF RESEARCH 

Alaina Tillman

Hey you guys! My name is Alaina Tillman and I will serve as one of your fellow Co-Directors of Research for the 2018-2019 year. I look forward to working with every single of one of you this year in your pursuit of research. Currently, I am double majoring in Neuroscience & Behavior and Sociology, as well as minoring in Spanish. I always love taking on a good adventure. My father is a pilot for a commercial airline, so I take the opportunity to travel to new and exciting places year round. You can usually find me spending my days at the beach either skim boarding, snorkeling, waking up to see the sunrise at the beach, or doing any other activity involving the ocean (I have even taken part in shark tagging for research). I also absolutely love going to the gym and doing any type of physical activity. Laura and I have many exciting opportunities to provide to the fellow members of AMSA that are interested in becoming more involved with research this upcoming semester. I would love to meet one on one with each of you that want to become more involved with research. These personalized meetings can consist of discussing your interests, potential lab opportunities, to almost anything you need guidance with in order to become more involved with research. Feel free to slide in the dms, and by dms, I mean my email box, and we can set up a time when we are both available to meet over fine wine and cheese (jk I can’t eat cheese and I’m broke but we can go to the Starbucks on campus!!). I look forward to getting to know you guys better throughout the rest of this year!

Email: atillman2014@fau.edu

Laura Rodriguez

Hello fellow AMSA members! My name is Laura Rodriguez and I am absolutely excited, as well as honored, to be one of your Directors of Research alongside Alaina Tillman for the 2018-2019 school year. I look forward to providing you guys with the knowledge and guidance you seek as you maneuver through your exploration into research. A couple fun facts about me are that I love health and fitness and I am extremely passionate about animals. As of now, I have two sweet little birds named Muffin and Chocobo, and a wonderful dog named Nala. In my spare time I love to volunteer at my local animal shelter, which is the place where I adopted Nala. In the future I see myself becoming a Psychiatric physician and opening my home to many more magnificent creatures. I would love to hear from you guys, so please do not hesitate to come up and ask questions whether or not they are related to AMSA or even just to chat for a bit. I look forward to serving you all this year!

Email: laurarodrigu2014@fau.edu


WOMEN IN MEDICINE CHAIRS

Kyla Cordier

Hi there! My name is Kyla Cordier and I am a junior at FAU majoring in Neuroscience and Behavior. I am so beyond excited to be one of your Women in Medicine Interest Group Co-Chairs for the 2018-2019 academic year. Some fun facts to know about me: I love reading (for fun); traveling is one of my biggest passions; I’m bilingual with my family being from South Africa; and last but not least, I want to pursue Pediatric Cardiology. This is my second year with AMSA and I have loved every minute – so I know you will too! AMSA provides so many wonderful opportunities for everyone pursuing medicine and health: volunteering, shadowing, medical school tours and tips, awesome interest groups, and lifelong friends. As your Women in Medicine Co-Chair, my goal is to create a loving, open environment for everyone involved in AMSA. At our interest group meetings, we will be discussing issues in medicine, having medical professionals come speak, and holding awesome events. I’m looking forward to meeting all of you and having a great year with everyone!

“The greatest disease in the West today is not TB or leprosy; it is being unwanted, unloved, and uncared for. We can cure physical diseases with medicine, but the only cure for loneliness, despair, and hopelessness is love.” – Mother Teresa

Email: kcordier2016@fau.edu

Imanise Telusnord

Hi everyone! My name is Imanise Telusnord, I am your Co-Chair of Women in Medicine for the 2018-2019 academic year. I am a full time pre-med student expecting to graduate in the spring of 2019 with a B.S. in Neuroscience and Behavior, and a minor in Health Administration. I am a Haitian-American born and raised in South Florida. During my free time, I love to read, watch K-dramas, and sleep. I am blessed to work at a medical office in Pompano Beach that offers different specialties of care to patients. My plan is to further explore the field of Health Administration by applying to a graduate program. Afterwards, my dream is to go to medical school and study Obstetrics. I plan to open up a practice where I can help woman through their pregnancies and everyday lives. One day, I plan to mentor both younger and older women about being more knowledgeable about their health and their self-image, regardless of age. I look forward to meeting all of you and can’t wait to have an amazing and productive year, building memories and learning from all the members of Women in Medicine.

Email: itelusnord2015@fau.edu


MULTICULTURAL MEDICINE CHAIRS

Zayna Gichi

Hello AMSA family! My name is Zayna Gichi and I am delighted to be one of your Co-Chairs of the Multicultural in Medicine interest group for the 2018-19 academic year. After acquiring my Associate in Arts degree from Palm Beach State College, I transferred to FAU to finish my Bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. After just two small semesters of being an AMSA member, I decided to run for a leadership position. I witnessed how much hard work our AMSA officers put in to provide their fellow pre-med students with beneficial volunteer, shadowing, research, and clinical opportunities, and I want to give back by doing the same for my peers. As an AMSA officer, my job is to increase awareness of diversity issues in the healthcare field and help AMSA members improve their cross-cultural competence, which will aid them in their future as healthcare professionals. When I’m not doing AMSA work or sitting in a lecture, I enjoy watching soccer matches (huge Liverpool fan), playing video games, cooking, reading, and doing volunteer work in my community. My future goals include becoming a surgeon, joining Doctors Without Borders, becoming a polyglot, and mastering the art of calligraphy. Feel free to contact me via e-mail about our upcoming meetings or events. I can’t wait to meet all of our fantastic AMSA members!

Email: zgichi2016@fau.edu

Marla Minkoff

Hey guys! I’m Marla Minkoff and I am more than ecstatic to be your new Co-Chair for Multicultural Medicine along with the lovely Zayna Gichi! Currently, I am a sophomore pursuing a degree in Biology with aspirations to go to medical school and later become an orthopedic surgeon. This upcoming fall semester marks my second year of involvement with AMSA and my first year on the leadership team! I am passionate about diversity and education regarding the impact culture has on medicine. I am Chinese and Ashkenazi Jewish, which makes me very familiar with different medicinal perspectives than what is common in the west. Growing up, the only medicinal treatments in my house were needles and herbs. I didn’t mind it too much, because the idea of acupuncture made the kids at school think I was super tough. Outside of school and medicine, I enjoy going to the beach with friends, reading sci-fi, thrifting, upcycling old clothes, and learning (ranting) about climate change. I have a little Maltese puppy named Bon Jovi and together we love to go on walks, sleep, learn new tricks, and eat. Anyway, I am so grateful to be a part of an organization that is all about helping others, as well as offering guidance, connections, and opportunity. I cannot wait to serve as Co-Chair for Multicultural Medicine this 2018-2019 academic year! If you ever see me, do not be afraid to introduce yourself or ask questions because I love making new friends!

Email: mminkoff2016@fau.edu


SPECIALTIES IN MEDICINE CHAIRS

Emily Whu

Hi everyone! My name is Emily Whu and I am so excited for this upcoming semester. I cannot wait to be one of your Specialties in Medicine Co-chairs this year. Specialties in Medicine’s purpose is to educate about the different careers and practices that are involved in medicine. Although this is my first year on the leadership team, I can’t wait to get started! I am so excited to meet all of you and hear your thoughts on different topics and ideas for the organization. This is my second year being a part of AMSA and I absolutely love it. This organization helps and teaches you about the medical field and allows you to make friends and connections you wouldn’t otherwise make. I am currently in pursuit of a B.S. in Biology on the Pre-med track and hope to attend medical school so that I may pursue a career in dermatology in the future. When I’m not studying for difficult Pre-med classes, I like to play sports, hang out at the beach, watch Netflix, or play with my dogs. Please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need help with anything. Let’s make this the best year of AMSA yet!

Email: ewhu2016@fau.edu

Chetan Yarlagadda

My name is Chetan Yarlagadda, but you can just call me Joe. I am so excited to start this semester as a co-chair for specialties in medicine. I am currently a sophomore pursuing a B.S. in biological sciences. I plan to eventually go to medical school and my goal is to go into the field of cardiology. Ever since I was CPR certified in 8th grade cardiology has just been my passion. My co-chair and I are working to educate the members of AMSA about the different specialties there are in medicine and how to pursue your own path in medicine by bringing in guest speakers from various fields of medicine and setting up some fun events. Personally, I like going out and playing basketball with my friends, watching movies, and volunteering at the Delray Medical Center. I am the biggest NBA fan you are ever going to find. Feel free to email me about anything about events or even if you want to talk about the NBA. I look forward to meeting you all this semester!

Email: cyarlagadda2016@fau.edu


MENTAL HEALTH IN MEDICINE AND RESEARCH CHAIRS

Mary Gorora

My name is Mary Gorora and I am the Founder and re-elected Co-Chair of Mental Health in Medicine and Research. I am a senior with a major in Neuroscience and Behavior, and a minor in Psychology. My life goals are  attaining both the M.D./Ph.D. degrees and to do research for the National Institute of Health in the neurobiological field. I am currently and undergraduate volunteer research assistant at FAU studying the midline thalamus and its circuitry in learning and memory. I have been apart of AMSA since Fall of 2016, and it has ultimately provided a scaffolding to turn these dreams in to achievable goals. I started this interest group because I am passionately curious about the brain and mental health. A majority of medical schools do not provide their students with information that will give them a deep understanding about mental health, and that is where I would like to make a difference. AMSA has provided me with a podium to present and inform our future physicians on the most up-to-date medical breakthrough information of various mental health topics. Last year we were able to discuss Mental Health in the LGBTQ+ community (including fetal development of hermaphrodites), ADHD, Schizophrenia, the impact of Service Dogs on the physically disabled, Mental Health in Minority communities, and Suicide and Depression. This year I look forward to presenting even more topics! Aside from my academics, I love off-roading in my jeep wrangler, building things with my own two hands, drawing, painting, sculpture, memes, making puns, and video editing! I want to encourage all of our members that are interested in mental health to come and speak to me! I want to hear your passions, experiences, and interests! Together, let’s educate our peers about mental health!

Email: mgorora@fau.edu

Samantha Maurice

Hi AMSA Members! My name is Samantha Maurice and I will be your Co-Chair of Mental Health in Medicine and Research this 2018-2019 academic school year! Currently, I am a junior undergraduate student pursuing my Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. This is my 3rd year in AMSA and since day one I have loved how AMSA serves to connect pre-med hopefuls to each other, helping us through the pre-medical process by providing opportunities such as the international medical mission trips, volunteering, shadowing opportunities, and amazing interest groups. As your Co-Director of Mental Health in Medicine I will work to create an educational environment that will prepare our future physicians to seamlessly treat patients afflicted with diverse mental illnesses. A little about myself: my full name is Samantha Audrey Maurice so that means my initials also spell “SAM” so feel free to call me Sam. In my free time I love to curl up in my bed and read, especially mystery novels, for hours and hours. I am also a tutor in the he Center for Learning And Student Success (CLASS), Secretary of the Council for Scholarship and Inquiry, and I am currently doing Behavioral Science Research with Dr. Ester. Outside of FAU I volunteer at Kids In Distress, Inc (KID), helping students with homework and continuing care to fill the gaps and meet the needs of at-risk children. I can’t wait to make this year in AMSA as unforgettable and wonderful as possible! Feel free to email me with any questions and concerns!

Email: smaurice2016@fau.edu