RESTON, Va. – The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the nation's largest independent medical student association, announces the election of Michael Ehlert as the 2007-2008 National President. Ehlert, a fourth-year medical student at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, was elected by the AMSA membership, a body of more than 68,000 medical and premedical students and residents, at the 57th Annual National Convention in Arlington, Va., earlier this month.
"I am excited to continue my service with AMSA," said Ehlert, who currently serves as the organization's National Vice President. "This year will define the way we look at health justice and the role physicians have in creating a healthcare system for all people." Ehlert praised 2006-2007 AMSA President Jay Bhatt for setting the stage for AMSA to "move forward as a leader in medical education and healthcare reform."
Born and raised in Brunswick, Ohio, Ehlert attended Brunswick High and graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Toledo (Ohio) with an Honors degree in Bioengineering. Ehlert is a Dean's Scholar at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine and will receive his M.D. this spring.
"Michael is a trusted and respected AMSA leader," said Bhatt. "This is an exciting time for AMSA and I know that he will continue to work hard to keep AMSA on the cutting edge of medical education reform, healthcare reform and health equity work."
The National President serves his year-long term at the AMSA National Office in Reston, Va. Ehlert's presidential year begins May 1, 2007.
The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), with more than a half-century history of medical student activism, is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student-governed, non-profit organization committed to representing the concerns of physicians-in-training. With more than 68,000 members, including medical and premedical students, residents and practicing physicians, AMSA is committed to improving medical training as well as advancing the profession of medicine. AMSA focuses on four strategic priorities, including universal healthcare, disparities in medicine, diversity in medicine and transforming the culture of medical education. To learn more about AMSA, our strategic priorities, or joining the organization, please visit us online at http://www.amsa.org/.
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