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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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In his first year as a Waynesburg University student, Isaiah Cochran, a chemistry (pre-dental/medical/veterinary) major from Akron, Ohio, has already made a lasting impact on the campus community.

Isaiah, in collaboration with a small group of faculty, staff and a few of his peers, helped to form Waynesburg University's chapter of the American Medical Student Association, a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. For those who know Isaiah best, his drive to form the chapter comes as no surprise considering his desire to pursue a career in the medical field.

“One of the main goals of establishing a chapter on campus was to provide our students additional avenues for success through shadowing, conferences and networking,” he said. “It's difficult to get accepted into graduate and medical school and the experiences gained by being involved with AMSA will help our students be better equipped and prepared.”

With a 62-year history of medical student activism, AMSA is the oldest and largest association of physicians-in-training. AMSA strives to improve the lives of medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians through its commitment to medical training.

Working with students to ensure they reach their goals, AMSA provides opportunities for volunteering, shadowing and creating relationships with students in similar areas of interest.

Embracing Waynesburg's spirit of service and the goals of AMSA, Cochran is dedicated to helping current and future students in Waynesburg's pre-professional programs. His passion stems from a desire to see his classmates reach their goals and according to Cochran, even after he graduates, he plans to stay involved with Waynesburg's AMSA chapter.

Waynesburg University's involvement in the organization and the students' ability to form the chapter has provided even more clarity for Isaiah as it relates to his decision to attend Waynesburg University.

“Waynesburg has given me the belief, just through my first year, that anything is open to me, and if I work hard, it will fall into place,” he said.

Since stepping foot on campus, Isaiah has remained 100 percent focused on a dream that he has had since “even before he could remember,” he said. Although he's open-minded about the specialty he wishes to pursue, Isaiah believes a medical career will afford him the opportunity to help and heal people, allowing him to make a difference in the world.

As Isaiah continues to take steps toward his dream vocation, he knows that the combination of his hard work and Waynesburg University's encouraging environment will enable him to succeed.

“There is a special feeling you get from professors here,” he said. “You know they want you to succeed and that they are willing to go above and beyond for you. I've never had that sink or swim feeling here, and I personally need that type of learning environment.”

 

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