2013-2014 ASA Medical Student Component Governing Council
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Chad R. Greene, Chair
Chad Greene is a medical student attending the Edward Via - Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). He received his B.S. degree in biology and chemistry at Freed-Hardeman University in 2011. While attending Freed-Hardeman, Chad conducted research on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, as well as tumor angiogenesis. Chad grew up in rural Tennessee where he developed a passion for improving access to quality healthcare for the millions of Americans living in rural and underserved areas. Building on this passion, he has been involved in medical missions work in Honduras, Mexico, and the Appalachian region of the United States.
His enthusiasm for anesthesiology began during his first year of medical school while working closely with a local anesthesiologist and mentor. Chad went on to serve as Founder and President of the Anesthesia Student Interest Group as well as the VCOM delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists. His current research interests include pediatric airway stabilization methods as well as rural medical healthcare disparities. He is also particularly interested in the political side of medicine and the role that student physicians can play in influencing government and healthcare policy.
As Chair, Chad is looking to promote awareness and increase participation in the Rural Access to Anesthesia Care Scholarship program. He is deeply committed to providing resources to medical students and encouraging active involvement in legislative and political issues affecting the dynamic field of anesthesiology.
Chad is married to his wife, Lauren, who is an elementary teacher. Together they have two wonderful dogs, Chief and Ellie. He is active in his local church congregation and enjoys working with the youth and college group there. In his spare time Chad enjoys running, hiking, kayaking, mountain biking, golf, and playing the banjo.
Stephen Shumpert, Chair-Elect
Stephen Shumpert is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), class of 2016. He received his B.S. degree in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2011. His early interest in anesthesiology has fostered many opportunities including serving as Co-President of MCW’s Anesthesiology Interest Group and participating in MCW’s Anesthesiology Resident Assistant Program. Engaging in a FAER and NHLBI sponsored research project investigating the cardioprotective effects of Intralipid™, which he presented at the Anesthesiology™ 2013 FAER Symposium, introduced him to the ASA Medical Student Component.
Stephen has a strong interest in the Perioperative Surgical Home Model of anesthesiology based on experiences gained while consulting high-risk patients during a weekly pre-operative clinic apprenticeship. One of his goals while serving as Chair-Elect is to recruit talented medical students to anesthesiology by promoting the vast perioperative role of physicians in this stimulating field. He also plans to work toward expanding communication avenues amongst medical students interested in anesthesiology and growing the ASA Medical Student Component to provide a more active voice for medical student interests.
Melissa Zhu, Secretary
Melissa Zhu is a fourth year medical student at Texas Tech Paul L. Foster School of Medicine in El Paso, TX. She's originally from Houston, TX, and obtained her BS from Vanderbilt University in 2010. She has a strong interest in health policies and is enrolled in a four-year MD/MPH program. From 2009-2012, she held an additional national leadership position in the American Red Cross National Youth Council, in which she loved advocating for students and was passionate about the mission of saving lives. She was involved in several research projects such as TB Quantiferon discordance, hemorrhagic stroke risk factors, and anesthesiologists wellness. She's drawn to anesthesia, because anesthesiologists are the warm, caring, and trustworthy physicians who are essential at relieving patients' anxiety and keeping them alive at critical times. As a secretary, her aspirations are to increase medical students' awareness of this wonderful specialty and provide ways to maximize the anesthesia learning experience. She is committed to help growing anesthesia interest groups, and deliver resourceful ASA medical student newsletters.
D. Craig Barnette, II, Senior Advisor
Craig Barnette is a medical student at Lincoln Memorial University - DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, class of 2014, and is currently pursuing an MBA degree in addition to his medical studies. He received a bachelor's degree in 2009 majoring in Physiology and Developmental Biology from Brigham Young University with a second major in German. While in medical school, Craig has been very active in his school’s organizational leadership, serving as the president of his chapter’s Student Osteopathic Surgical Association, treasurer of his chapter’s Sigma Sigma Phi honor society, and as a member of his school’s Honors and Ethics Committee. This is Craig’s second term on the Medical Student Component Governing Council of the American Society of Anesthesiologists, serving as Member-at-Large during the 2012-2013 term.
Craig’s passion for anesthesia began as early as high school after multiple shadowing experiences with his father who is an anesthesiologist in North Carolina. Craig received the Rural Access to Anesthesia Care Scholarship from the ASA and has completed the rural anesthesia clerkship which further solidified his decision to pursue a career in anesthesia. Craig has since completed an anesthesia-led ICU month, and four additional months of anesthesia clerkships in various subspecialties within anesthesia.
Craig is committed to growing the student involvement within the ASA, especially by aiding individual medical schools in developing their anesthesia interest groups. In addition, Craig would like to help medical students understand the field of anesthesia and how to position themselves well for an anesthesia residency position.
Benjamin Stam, Member-at-Large
Ben Stam is a medical student at the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine, class of 2015. He received his B.S. in Mathematics from Wheaton College, IL in 2010. Ben deferred matriculation into medical school in order to serve as an Algebra 1 teacher at Chicago Hope Academy in Chicago, IL after graduation from Wheaton College. Prior to medical school, Ben gained experience in medicine through work as a nurse aid, a health unit clerk, and a cardiac telemetry monitor during the summers between college and during one year off from school. Ben also served as a math teacher at Sahel Academy in Niamey, Niger, West Africa during the spring of 2008. His experiences working with indigent populations in Africa and Chicago have helped shape his passion for serving those in need.
Ben’s interest in anesthesiology was sparked during his first year when he heard a talk given by Jane C.K. Fitch, MD, current President of the ASA and chair of the Anesthesiology department at the University of Oklahoma. In medical school, Ben has worked as an anesthesiology extern, participated in a number of medically challenging case presentations, and conducted research in the pediatric airway, resident educational modalities, and the resident simulation lab (http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=50144333n).
As the member-at-large, Ben is excited to work closely with the members of the governing council of both the medical student component as well as the ASA House of Delegates in order to further the cause of the anesthesiologist and to promote awareness of the uniqueness of the specialty to medical students.
Jamie Sparling, AMA Delegate
Jamie Sparling is a fourth year student at Boston University School of Medicine. Originally from southwestern Pennsylvania, she moved to the Boston area to attend MIT where she majored in Chemical Engineering. Following graduation, she worked as a management consultant for McKinsey & Company before beginning medical school. Jamie had an interest in anesthesiology early on in medical school, and she credits her exceptional mentors in the field with nurturing that interest and providing her the opportunities to further explore the specialty through shadowing and research in her pre-clinical years. At the same time, she has been actively involved in the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS), serving in a number of roles including as a Regional Delegate representing medical students in the AMA House of Delegates, as well as Chair of the AMA-MSS Committee on Economics & Quality in Medicine. These experiences instilled in her the importance of advocacy on behalf of our patients and our profession, as she looks forward to continuing to represent future anesthesiologists as Delegate to the AMA after completing her term as Alternate Delegate last year. In her current role, she plans to further ongoing efforts to gain MSC member input on AMA policy and to work with other members of our Governing Council to help grow the MSC.
Ryan Budwany, AMA Alternate Delegate
Ryan Budwany is a third year medical student attending Mercer University School of Medicine and has a B.S. in Neuroscience from Emory University. Growing up in a small town, his first-hand experiences with disparities in accessing quality health care services motivated him to pursue graduate work at Dartmouth College in Health Care Quality Improvement and Risk Management. Ryan’s enthusiasm for anesthesiology blossomed during his two years of medical school as he was mentored by a local anesthesiologist. His personal interests are in using the tools of anesthesiology to improve the quality of life for patients in palliative care.
As a member of the ASA Governing Council, he hopes to promote student interest in anesthesiology and to develop further involvement of students from rural backgrounds. He is passionate about building awareness among students about the concept of the Perioperative Surgical Home model and wants to encourage student leadership in medicine. Using this national platform, he aspires to encourage student involvement in patient advocacy and patient safety especially as it relates to perioperative medicine and their vital role in the improvement of quality of care.
Sarah "Maggie" Coffield, Alternate
Sarah “Maggie” Coffield is a fourth year medical student at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine. Prior to beginning her medical education she received a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in foreign language from West Virginia University. Originally from Washington, DC Maggie moved to Charleston, WV at a young age where she quickly became aware of the large number of people who do not have access to adequate healthcare, education, and many other opportunities others take for granted. Increasing access to care at home and abroad became a personal project for her as she participated in the WVSOM Rural Health Day as well as two medical mission trips to the rural town of Neyba, Dominican Republic where she was able to apply her Spanish skills from college. This and other volunteer projects have peppered her medical education as she received the TOUCH Gold Award in both 2011 and 2012, an award going to students providing more than 100 hours of community service in an academic year.
Her goal with being on the ASA Medical Student Council is to ensure the interests of doctors, student doctors, and most importantly patients in rural areas like hers will be well represented. Maggie also serves as the WVSOM delegate to the Medical Student Component of the ASA. Following a residency in anesthesiology Maggie hopes to pursue a fellowship in pediatric anesthesia. She lives with her husband Josh and their three-year-old West Highland Terrier, Lily.