AMSA Executive Board 2018-2019: We’re Here To Help!
President: Tyler Johnson
Vice President: April Feist
Secretary: Maya Santosuosso
Treasurer: Ashish Varma
Public Relations: Alisha Relan
Health Advocate: Regan Bradley
Volunteer Coordinator: Sydney Grubb
Events Coordinator: Praticha Jagdish
Travel Coordinator: Daphne Blount
2018 – 2019 AMSA Executive Board!
Name: Tyler Johnson
Major: Biology Minors: Public Health and Pharmacology
Campus involvement: On campus, I am on the girl’s basketball scout team, a part of the ALS Association, and am a scribe and nutrition services aid at HealthEast locations! I have studied tropical wildlife conservation in Malaysia, and have also done a medical trip to Uganda/Rwanda, plastic surgery rotation in Spain/Portugal, and ocean acidification in the islands of Belize. I plan to take a gap year to hopefully head back to my friends and doctors in Uganda for a few months after graduation and do other various travels. I recently spent 3 weeks in Cuba for this past 2018-2019 winter break!
Hobbies: In the summer, I umpire little kids and stay busy with working at HealthEast. This summer will be consumed by the application process for MD/DO programs!
Specialty of interest: Family medicine in a suburban/ rural area.
Most treasured AMSA memory: Going to Nationals last year in D.C. with the board and general members! Learned some great information and had time to have some fun/ sight see.
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Dream big and dare to fail”
Name: April Feist
Position: Vice President
Major: Ecology, Evolution & Behavior Minor: Leadership
Campus involvement: This year I am working as a Junior Guild Leader for the College of Biological Sciences. I also volunteer as a Big Sister ie BBBS program, work in childcare, and am an active member of the academic sorority, Lambda Delta Phi.
Hobbies: I love running and I am involved in the University Running Club where I compete D2/D3 in Cross Country. I also love singing and am a member of the Campus Singers Choir.
Specialty of interest: My dream is to become an osteopathic physician and specialize in pediatrics or family medicine. I really hope to work in primary care and develop relationships with patients that extend both in and outside of medicine.
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Name: Maya Santosuosso
Majors: Neuroscience and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Minor: Psychology
Campus involvement: I work as an Emergency Department medical scribe at St. Francis Medical Center, which I have done for the past three years! I am currently studying for a spring MCAT so this is my only other EC outside of AMSA at the moment, however, I have also spent time working as a lab assistant on campus, volunteering at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital, participating in intramural volleyball and being a Welcome Week Leader!
Hobbies: Outside of classwork and my job, I enjoy watching Netflix/ Hulu, hanging out with my friends, discovering new music, and lifting!
Specialty of interest: II hope to practice Emergency or Internal Medicine in a major metro area and also work to promote health education in inner city environments, particularly with emphasis on preventative medicine.
Most treasured AMSA memories: My favorite AMSA memories have been attending conferences, including fall conference last year and pre-med fest this year, as they provide a chance to get to know members outside of your friends and continue to learn about the field we will be going into. I am looking forward to (hopefully) going to Nationals for the first time this March!
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire”
Name: Ashish Varma
Major: Neuroscience and Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development
Campus involvement: When I’m not working, volunteering, or studying I like to spend my free time playing a board game known as Go!
Fun Fact: After high school, I took a gap year to travel the lower 48!
Specialty of interest: I’ve always been fascinated with the brain and how/why it works the way it does. I’m planning on going to medical school and choosing a specialty that deals with the CNS.
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Name: Alisha Relan
Position: Public Relations
Major: Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development Minor: Leadership
Campus involvement: I am a researcher in the Laboratory of Medicine and Pathology on campus working with a category of melanocytic lesions. In addition, I am a Sophomore Guild Leader for the College of Biological Sciences. A large portion of my time is also spent dancing with the UMN Dance Collective!
Hobbies: Aside from classes and research, I enjoy dancing, hanging out with friends and family, eating lots of ice cream, watching movies, shopping, and traveling!
Specialty of interest: In the future, I would like to pursue a specialty in either Family Medicine, Pediatrics, or Hematology, Oncology, and Transplantation.
Most treasured AMSA memories: Getting the opportunity to travel to AMSA Nationals last year in Washington D.C. with the board and general members! I also am a big fan of the suture clinics and physician dinners!
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken… Respect yourself enough to walk away from anything that no longer serves you, grows you, or makes you happy.”
Name: Regan Bradley
Position: Health Advocate
Major: Biology, Society, & Environment and Psychology Minor: Public Health
Campus involvement: AMSA, VP of USIG, Anatomy TA, and a cycling instructor at the RecWell.
Hobbies: Hiking and walking my dogs as well as cooking (at least attempting).
Specialty of interest: I hope to become a surgeon or work in critical care/ trauma, maybe combine them both and be a trauma surgeon either in civilian or military life. Of course, I still find almost everything fascinating so it will be interesting to see where I end up.
Most treasured AMSA memories: Sitting in my first ever AMSA meeting realizing there are so many people like me who are as passionate about medicine and a life of serving others.
Favorite quote that motivates you: “Get to the point where you are living the life you used to be jealous of.”
Name: Sydney Grubb
Position: Volunteer Coordinator