The student arm of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) elected McGovern Medical School student Brandon Esianor as one of five national representative delegates and one of 12 members of the administrative board from medical schools across the United States.
“This is quite an honor since Brandon will represent medical students all across the country in matters regarding academic medicine,” said LaTanya Love, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Pediatrics. “He was specifically elected as the Student Affairs National Delegate and in that role he will address student well-being issues and work with AAMC on student issues and concerns. He also will have the opportunity to interact with AAMC leadership and collaborate with other officers and schools on various projects and initiatives.”
Esianor was elected last November as the National Delegate of Student Affairs by fellow Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) members, the student component within the AAMC, at the national meeting in Seattle.
“It is truly a great honor for me to be elected to this position and to have the opportunity to represent McGovern Medical School on such a large stage. During my term as the National Delegate of Student Affairs, my primary goal is to address student well-being and to ensure that the student voice is well represented to the AAMC leadership,” Esianor said.
One of his committee projects this year includes identifying successful wellness programs and initiatives from medical school across the United States and disseminating that information to all other medical schools.
“The topic of student wellness has been gaining a lot of momentum over the past few years and this specific program is geared toward providing institutions with new ideas as student wellness shifts from being an important matter to an urgent one requiring attention,” Esianor said. “Additional programs this year will include, webinars, topics to be addressed in medical schools, and a potential toolkit created for medical students outlining key tips for transitioning to residency (i.e. cost, application advice from program directors, etc.).”
A native of Brooklyn, New York, Esianor moved to the Republic of Ghana when he was 2-years old, then to the Dallas/Fort Worth area when he was 8. A graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington with a major in exercise science and minor in chemistry, he is currently a third-year medical student at McGovern Medical School and interested in pursuing a career in otolaryngology.
The Association of American Medical Colleges is not-for-profit association dedicated to transforming health care through medical education, patient care, and medical research. Its members comprise all 147 accredited United States, and 17 accredited Canadian medical schools; nearly 400 major teaching hospitals and health systems, including 51 Department of Veterans Affairs medical centers; and more than 80 academic societies. Through these institutions and organizations, the AAMC serves the leaders of America’s medical schools and teaching hospitals and their nearly 160,000 faculty members, 83,000 medical students, and 115,000 resident physicians.