2012-2014 President: Rahul Loungani
I’m honored to have been selected to be President of AOA for the 2013-2014 year. I plan to continue the tradition of excellence our chapter has established by maintaining our annual endeavors including (but not limited to): faculty jeopardy, career night, clerkship advice for second years, spring banquet, and our volunteer drives during Thanksgiving and Christmas.
However, my ultimate goal as President is to increase the scope of activities that AOA is involved in and hosts. A project I would like to start is a mentoring program for second year medical students which pairs them with AOA student members to whom they can ask advice and seek guidance. The College of Medicine currently has such a program for first year students that has been popular and successful. I believe such a resource would be beneficial to second year students, particularly since this is when they are deciding how to study for the boards, making their third year schedules, and trying to get involved in research and extracurricular activities. Other potential ideas include:
· Re-introducing a prior project - hosting a speaker in the spring for the entire campus
· Publicizing more to residents that have arrived from other institutions to get them involved and build our chapter’s network
· Utilizing the many resources, such as research grants and publication opportunities, that are available via AOA National or PHAROS through better awareness and faculty mentoring
· Starting a spring service project to augment our Thanksgiving and Christmas drives
The ultimate direction the organization takes will be determined by the members and will become better formulated as the year progresses. If you’re a current member or alumnus, please email me if you have any suggestions you would like our chapter to consider.
Looking forward to a great year,