ASA Medical Student Component Officers for 2017-2018
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Esi Dickson, Chair
Esi Dickson has taken a non-traditional path toward medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada. After two years of working on a cardiovascular surgery unit, she returned to school in order to obtain a post-baccalaureate certificate in critical care nursing. Esi was exposed to the field of anesthesiology during her seven years as a CVICU RN. It was also during this time that she made the decision to pursue a career in medicine
As a current third year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University, Esi leads the Anesthesiology Interest Group and hopes to expand student awareness of anesthesiology as the excellent specialty that it is by establishing a Big Sib/Little Sib program that will allow students to shadow and obtain mentorship from senior residents.
As Chairperson of the medical student component, Esi hopes to utilize her leadership to fulfill the ASA’s mission of advancing the practice and securing the future of anesthesiology. She believes that this can be achieved by encouraging students to become involved current policy and advocacy issues.
Esi is extremely interested in health care delivery in developing countries, especially the need for critical care and perioperative services in her native country of Ghana. She plans to pursue a fellowship in cardiac or critical care anesthesiology to help improve the access to safe anesthesia in low-income countries.
Justin Yuan, Chair-Elect
Justin is a second-year medical student at Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (Rochester, MI). Having graduated with an engineering degree from MIT, he values that the field of anesthesiology allows him to integrate emerging technologies with medicine and to use his hands to help others. In his capacity as chair-elect, Justin is looking forward to furthering the ASA mission of “Advancing the Practice and Securing the Future.” His goals include expanding student utilization of ASA resources, increasing anesthesia research opportunities, and fostering strong Anesthesiology Interest Group communities at every medical school. Outside of medicine, Justin is an avid ultimate frisbee player.
Andrew Neff, Secretary
Andrew is a third year medical student at Des Moines University. While earning his degree in Economics from the University of Utah, Andrew discovered an enthusiasm for anesthesiology. During his time in medical school, Andrew has developed a focused interest in political advocacy and procedural medicine. As ASA MSC Secretary, Andrew plans to rely on his experience as AMSA political chair, ultrasound lead TA, and his ample business background to deliver a relevant, instructive, and collaborative ASA Quarterly Newsletter. Through his efforts, he hopes to increase active ASA participation, and establish a connected and informed anesthesia-focused medical student community.
Elena Madan, Senior Advisor
Elena is a fourth year medical student at Tufts University School of Medicine (TUSM). She received a BA in Molecular Biology and a BS in Healthcare Management from the University of Pennsylvania, graduating magna cum laude in both programs. She enjoys clinical work as well as translational research, and is conducting research at Boston Children's Hospital in pediatric anesthesia and pain management. She brings several relevant experiences and personal strengths to this role, having successfully started career mentoring programs in the past. She looks forward to strengthening the ASA medical student network in her role.
Natalie Taylor, Member-at-Large
Natalie is a fourth-year medical student at Temple University in Philadelphia. She is originally from San Diego, California and went to college at Northwestern in Chicago. She is currently applying to residency and is excited to see where she will end up next. She chose to purse anesthesiology for the diversity of the specialty. She was impressed by an anesthesiologist’s ability to respond to emergencies in the general ORs, on L&D, and on the floors. Her wonderful mentors within the field of anesthesiology have taught her so much, and she is excited to work to make the future of anesthesiology even brighter and to show potential anesthesiologists this exciting field. Outside of the hospital, Natalie loves to do yoga, go hiking and surf.
Amol Utrankar, Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section
Amol Utrankar is a 4th year medical student at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, in Nashville, TN. Originally from Edison, NJ, he completed a BA in Economics and Sociology at Rice University before migrating north to Nashville. At Vanderbilt, his interests are in technology, medical education, and health policy. As an ASA officer, Amol is excited to work with the Medical Student Component to promote career development and education in anesthesiology, critical care, and pain medicine among the next generation of anesthesiologists.
Connor Eagleton, Alternate Delegate to the AMA Medical Student Section
Connor is a second-year medical student at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR. He is originally from Boise, ID and he got his B.S. from the University of Oregon in Music Technology. He became interested in anesthesia through experiences with both surgery and internal medicine, in which he realized he wanted aspects of both in his career and thought that anesthesia was a great middle ground in between operative and medical treatment. He realized early on that anesthesiology is a unique, invaluable specialty that must be protected, and he looks forward to advocating for the specialty in his time on the governing council. In his spare time, he enjoys writing and playing music, running, and skiing.
Daniel Soliman, Alternate
Daniel Soliman is an MS-3 at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine. He previously served as the president and M1 representative of the Anesthesiology Interest Group (AIG) at the OUWB SOM. Before entering medical school, he studied pharmacy at the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, PA. He has experience working as an intern and pharmacist in both hospital and retail pharmacy settings. His professional passions include clinical anesthesiology, pharmacology, and developing workshops and activities for medical students. In his free time, he enjoys playing basketball, reading, and spending time with his family and friends.