b2ap3_thumbnail_Cochran.jpgIsaiah Cochran, a Waynesburg University junior from Akron, Ohio, was recently elected the pre-medical trustee for the 2014-2015 American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Board of Trustees. The election was held in New Orleans in March, and the biology (pre-med) major will assume his position May 1.

As pre-medical trustee, Cochran will work directly with the national president of AMSA. In his position, he will also work with the five pre-medical region directors as a liaison between the national and local levels of the organization.

“I honestly think initiating the chapter at Waynesburg University was key [to the election],” Cochran said. “In my speech, they could hear how much I enjoy this organization and how I want to make a difference. I truly hope this position helps me to help others in the pre-medical track across the country reach their goals.”

Previously, Cochran served as president of the Waynesburg Chapter of AMSA, which he initiated as a freshman. As a sophomore, Cochran was elected one of five national pre-medical region directors for AMSA, with the responsibility to oversee more than 105 university and college AMSA chapters across 12 states. During his tenure in that position, AMSA recruited more than 3,000 new members in all five regions.

Within his new position, Cochran hopes to build membership and to continue talking about advocacy on a larger scale as he has done with the Global Health Fund in recent years. The Global Health Fund is a non-profit organization that focuses on fighting AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.  

In addition to his newly appointed title within AMSA, Cochran has also been selected for a fellowship at Harvard Medical School in neuroscience and translational methods for the summer of 2014. Last summer, Cochran was selected from a pool of thousands nationwide to participate in the Sackler/National Science Foundation’s Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Program: Integrated Research at the Frontiers of the Biological, Physical and Engineering Sciences at Yale University's Raymond and Beverly Sackler Institute.

With a half-century history of medical student activism, AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Today, AMSA is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians. Founded in 1950, AMSA continues its commitment to improving medical training and the nation's health.

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