I am excited to write again in the Fall edition of the USU AOA Gamma Chapter newsletter. Our chapter has been active in numerous activities that I would like to highlight.
Thanks to the great efforts of Dr. Joe Lopreiato, Charlie Meyer and Josh Krieger we had another successful AOA Residency Specialty Night on Wednesday, December 2 at USUHS. There were staff representatives from over 50 programs from Hawaii to California to Texas and the National Capital Area. This was the first year with representation from programs such as Med-Psych, Clinical Psychology, and Aerospace Medicine. Attendance topped 150+ with a great HPSP turnout of over 50 students coming from DC, MD, PA, MA, NC, TN, and MS.
Our Student Outreach Program hosted our Peer-to-Peer session that focuses on second year medical students making the transition from pre-clerkship to entering the clerkship phase of education. The program was well received and Alex Nissen, Danny Lammers, and Donovan Reed were responsible for coordinating these events and getting the support from 26 students to serve as mentors for these sessions. Also, we continue to proudly support our community through the N Street Village and Bethesda Cares programs.
The Alumni Outreach program is continuing to grow through the leadership of Brian Andrew through this very newsletter. We hope to have a fully developed e-mail directory of members to provide improved networking. I’m also very excited about the developments in our Alumni Associations. We now have alumni associations’ developing or established at Tripler Army Medical Center, San Antonio Military Medical Center, and Naval Medical Center San Diego.
I attended the AOA National Board Meeting as a Student Director for the AOA National Board that met in October at Boulder, CO. The position is a three-year term and I’m looking forward to representing our chapter, USUHS, and the military medical community. It was a great event and I was excited to get to meet and exchange ideas with the great leaders in AOA that represent medical leaders across the United States. I volunteered to be a part of a residency initiative committee looking at expanding AOA election inclusion for more residents per chapter. Since our USU AOA Gamma chapter is the largest AOA chapter and has the most residents inclusive of all military residency programs we should be able to elect and induct more outstanding residents into AOA.
Our very own, Dr. Joshua Hartzell (LTC USA), presented at the National Board Meeting his project from the AOA Fellow in Leadership program. Dr. Hartzell is one of three members selected for the inaugural award and through this program he attended the Harvard Macy Scholar program. We look forward to working more closely with Dr. Hartzell and leveraging his experience in helping to develop our own chapter’s Fellow in Leadership program in the future that gives opportunities back to our members.
Thank you all for your continued support.
2nd LT Jeremy Bolin, Class of 2016