Student Spotlight Special Edition:
Reflection from President and VP of AMWA-PATH Student Interest Group
This month marks the end of a two and a half year term for current student president Rachel Geiser and current student vice president Angela Harbour. To reflect on their time in these positions, they wanted to share some experiences from working with PATH physicians and students over the past few years.
Student Vice President Angela Harbour (pictured right):
Student President Rachel Geiser (pictured left):
It's hard to put into words how much my time as the AMWA-PATH president means to me. It's been incredible to have been able to form so many mentorship relationships with female physicians and medical students who have eagerly guided me through many obstacles in my professional life (and two who wrote me letters of recommendations). I didn't get into medical school until my third cycle, but with support and encouragement from my team I kept applying. The week before one of my medical school interviews, two PATH medical students (and our former PATH administrative assistant) spent hours helping me prepare. Getting to plan and help execute a LIFT training, only to work on the LIFT curriculum revision a few years later, taught me so much about our role as future physicians in the fight against human trafficking. I have been blown away by the passion, dedication, and determination that every physician, medical student, and any other PATH member has demonstrated. As for my next steps, I graduate today from Arizona State University with my Masters in the Science of Healthcare Delivery, and in July I'll start medical school at the University of Arizona College of Medicine- Phoenix. I plan to remain involved in PATH as a general member of the student interest group.
With the growth of AMWA-PATH and the major interest shown by students nationwide, the previous senior students approached me to take on the role of Student VP with the pilot AMWA-PATH Student Interest Group. Eagerly, I accepted this position as I knew it would allow me to grow personally and professionally. AMWA-PATH has exponentially heightened my medical school experience. Participating in the conjoined comradery of women around the country (and sometimes the world) who come together for an intention of serving this vulnerable population through education and advocacy, has given me purpose during my medical training. AMWA-PATH has allowed me to find the joy in community through participation in monthly meetings, mentorships, fundraisers, LIFT training events, and research projects. As my time of Student VP comes to an end, I cannot thank AMWA-PATH for my professional growth as I finish my medical school training. I plan to pursue a residency in internal medicine and hope to continue serving as a member in AMWA-PATH as a physician in the years to come.
Rachel and Angie are excited to see how their successors thrive in these positions and will be cheering them on every step of the way!