By Emily Rosman, ’17
St. Bonaventure has developed a chapter in the American Medical Student Association (AMSA).
The non-profit organization has a nationwide influence. There are three different sectors of the organization, including international, medical and pre-medical. St. Bonaventure qualifies as a pre-medical sector.
The idea to start a chapter of AMSA at St. Bonaventure came from the significant amount of pre-medical students who are either part of a Franciscan Healthcare Combined Program (FHCP) or applying to medical school.
“The club is pretty vast in the possibilities that it can offer to students which is why the board decided to break it up into different committees,” said Bianca Georgakopoulos, sophomore and president of St. Bonaventure’s chapter of the AMSA. “The committees are events, fundraising, volunteering, education and public relations.”
Other members of the board include Vinnie Waver, director of events; Chantal Nguyen, director of fundraising; Nick Gregorio, director of volunteering; Anna Martin, director of education; Nikhil Gowda, director of public relations; Nidhi Chintalapani, secretary; and Ruby Shah, liason of student affairs. Dr. Douglas Guarnieri, assistant professor of biology, is the faculty advisor.
There are no set dates yet as to when club meetings will be held, but there will be a general meeting once a month. Committee meetings will most likely occur about twice a month.
The AMSA does not only pertain to students who are interested in medical school. Students pursuing careers in physical therapy, nursing or any part of the health service sector are encouraged to join.
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