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Date: 11-21-11
Name: Kaylyn Kendall Dines
Phone: 973-972-1216

New Jersey Medical School Student Elected to Prestigious AMA Post

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NEWARK -- LeAnne Roberts, a fourth-year MD/MPH student at UMDNJ�New Jersey Medical School, has been named chair-elect of the American Medical Association � Medical Student Section, the largest and most influential organization of medical students in the nation.

The Sacramento, Calif., native will serve as the AMA-MSS chair-elect until June 2012, at which time she will assume her year-long term as its chair following the Annual Meeting of the AMA House of Delegates.

This is the second time since 2010 that a member of the NJMS community has been elected to a prestigious post within the AMA, the nation's largest physicians' organization. Peter W. Carmel, MD, D Med. Sci., an internationally recognized pediatric neurosurgeon who serves as professor and chair of the Neurological Surgery Department at NJMS, assumed the post of AMA president in June after spending a year as its president-elect.

"This is quite extraordinary," said Robert L. Johnson, MD, FAAP, the Sharon and Joseph L. Muscarelle Endowed Dean of NJMS. "The coexistence of the AMA president and the AMA-Medical Student Section chair-elect from one school is notable, if not exceptional."

Boasting a membership of nearly 50,000 medical students, the AMA-MSS is dedicated to representing medical students, improving medical education, developing leadership and promoting activism for the health of America.

"LeAnne is a wonderful example of the high quality of students and graduates of the New Jersey Medical School and a natural leader who is now assuming the very important position of chair of the Medical Student Section," said Carmel.

Roberts is honored by the confidence that her fellow AMA-MSS members have shown in her. Following two months of campaigning, during which she took to the phones as well as Facebook and Twitter, the aspiring OB-GYN is eager to get started.

"My main goal is to focus on the political advocacy work we've been doing," Roberts said. "We're entering a new phase of healthcare reform. It would be helpful for students to have real input at the table."

The Rutgers University graduate has already built an impressive r�sum�, serving as, among other things, vice chair of the AMA-MSS Region 6; student trustee of the Medical Society of New Jersey; member of the Legislative Affairs Committee on the UMDNJ Student Senate and co-director of NJMS' New Moms Mentoring Program, which pairs teen moms with NJMS students. She has also volunteered in a variety of community service projects.

Citing her numerous achievements, NJMS' Associate Dean for Student Affairs Dr. James Hill noted in a letter supporting Roberts' campaign, "I believe that LeAnne Roberts will make an excellent chair of the American Medical Association Medical Student Section. Not only is she a very knowledgeable and skilled leader, she is clearly committed to making a difference in the lives of others, and given her track record with the AMA she is the perfect person for this position."

Following her year-long term as chair, Roberts will serve another six months on the AMA-MSS governing council as its immediate past chair.

About NJMS: Founded in 1954 as the Seton Hall College of Medicine and Dentistry, UMDNJ�New Jersey Medical School was the state's first medical school. Today, it is part of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. NJMS has four mission areas: education, research, clinical care, and community outreach. It has 22 academic departments and more than 60 centers and institutes. In addition to offering the MD degree to its students, NJMS also offers, MD/PhD, MD/MPH, and MD/MBA degrees through collaborations with other institutions of higher education.

About UMDNJ: The University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey (UMDNJ) is the nation's largest free-standing public health sciences university with more than 6,000 students on five campuses attending the state's three medical schools, its only dental school, a graduate school of biomedical sciences, a school of health related professions, a school of nursing and New Jersey's only school of public health. UMDNJ operates University Hospital, a Level I Trauma Center in Newark, and University Behavioral HealthCare, which provides a continuum of healthcare services with multiple locations throughout the state.

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