Waynesburg freshman makes impact by initiating AMSA Chapter

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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.”