UMMS students become leaders in organized medicine

Frieman elected regional chair for American Medical Association Medical Student Section

By Sandra Gray

UMass Medical School Communications

June 28, 2013

Continuing its tradition of student engagement in organized medicine, UMass Medical School sent a delegation of seven students from the School of Medicine to the 2013 annual meeting of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section, held in Chicago from June 15 to 17.

The highlight for the UMMS delegation was the election of Eli Freiman, SOM ’15, as Region 7 chair for the 2013-14 academic year. “As one of seven regional chairs nationally, I will spend my time championing grassroots advocacy in New England and New York while promoting better collaboration between the 25-plus medical schools in our region,” said Freiman, who last year served as membership chair for the region. “Most of all, I'm thrilled to be representing our medical school on the national stage.”

In attendance with Freiman were Matthew Lecuyer, MD, SOM ’13; Kathleen Goble, SOM ’14; and Patrick Lowe, David Ma, Kathryn Reiser and Racquel Wells, all SOM ’16. All were active meeting participants, serving in a variety of leadership and administrative roles throughout the proceedings.

Also a highlight for UMMS at the meeting was the passage of a resolution proposing changes to Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical

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Representing UMass Medical School at the American Medical Association Medical Student Section’s 2013 annual meeting were (from left) Patrick Lowe, Racquel Wells, Eli Freiman, Kathleen Goble and Dr. Matthew Lecuyer.

PHOTO COURTESY OF KATHLEEN GOBLE

 Education requirements for family medicine residencies related to women’s and reproductive health. Co-authored by Lowe and Freiman with MD/PhD student Gillian Griffith, it was modeled on a similar resolution co-authored by Griffith that was passed by the Massachusetts Medical Society. “We are very proud that Gillian is representing our school in advocating for greater access to women’s and reproductive health,” said Freiman.

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