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American Medical Student Association approves MU premedical charter
04-5-13

Donna Castelblanco and Matt Essington attended the AMSA Conference.
Donna Castelblanco and Matt Essington attended the AMSA Conference.
The Misericordia University American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Premedical Chapter was approved recently at the AMSA’s annual convention in Washington, D.C. Misericordia University’s AMSA Chapter has been assigned to Region 1, which also includes Boston College, Cornell University, Georgetown University and Harvard University among the 75 institutions of higher education in the category.

Misericordia University students Donna Castelblanco of Edison, N.J., the Misericordia University AMSA Chapter’s president, and MU AMSA Chapter Treasurer Matt Essington, the son of Carolyn Essington and James Daniels, of Brick, N.J., attended the convention.

At the conference, AMSA also announced that Castelblanco, the daughter of Fabio and Maria Castelblanco, has been chosen as a National Premedical Medical Humanities Facilitator for 2013-14. AMSA has authorized 13 interest groups for the 2013-14 leadership year, including geriatrics, neurology and surgery. The interest groups provide a forum for members to come together around a common interest.

In her role, Castelblanco will be responsible for promoting dialogue about the Medical Humanities interest group, while also serving on an issue-focused committee and a modality-focused team. She will have direct dual-oversight as chair for both of these respective groups. As the facilitator, Castelblanco will monitor the listserve and AMSA website for their interest groups and will encourage members to engage in meaningful discussions through those outlets and AMSA’s social media platform. She will also have an opportunity to propose programming for AMSA’s regional conferences and next national convention.

The Misericordia University AMSA Premedical Chapter is an educational resource for members and other medical and health science majors. It provides an environment that supports the creative ideas of pre-health professionals, such as nursing, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant and speech-language pathology, and places an emphasis on physicians-in-training. The student organization will be scheduling various educational opportunities on campus for members, such as webinars. Students in the Misericordia University AMSA Premedical Chapter Donna Castelblanco ’14, Edison, N.J.; president; Anna Konstas ’14, Montrose, Pa., vice president; Matt Essington ’14, Brick, N.J., treasurer; Michael Pheasant ’16, East Stroudsburg, Pa., secretary; Josh Papp ’15, Sunbury, Pa.; Dennis Ferretti ’16, Exeter, Pa.; Hunter Pates ’15, Columbus, N.J.; Josh Krall ’15, West Pittston, Pa.; Mark Walbert ’14, Maple Glen, Pa.; Sara Sabatino ’14, Nuangola, Pa.; Josh Krall ’14, West Pittston, Pa.; Michael Pheasant ’16, East Stroudsburg, Pa.; Kurt Gildea ’16, Ottsville, Pa.; Rachel Bohn ’16, Mountain Top, Pa.; Sabrina Alles ’15, Dallas, Pa.; Jackie Kochmer ‘15, Clifford, Pa.; Joshua Papp ‘15, Dallas, Pa., and Stephanie di Fillipo ’16, Danville, Pa.

AMSA was founded in 1950 and is the oldest and largest independent association of physicians-in-training in the United States. It is a student-governed, national organization committed to representing the concerns of future physicians. AMSA members are medical students, premedical students, interns, residents and practicing physicians, according to amsa.org.

For more information about the health and medical sciences at Misericordia University, please log in to www.misericordia.edu or call (570) 674-6400. Founded and Sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy in 1924, Misericordia University is Luzerne County’s first four-year college and offers 37 degree programs in three colleges in full- and part-time formats.

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Misericordia University students majoring in the health and medical sciences recently formed an American Medical Student Association Premedical Chapter. MU Students Matt Essington, the son of Carolyn Essington and James Daniels, MU chapter treasurer, and Donna Castelblanco, the daughter of Fabio and Maria Castelblanco, chapter president, attended AMSA’s annual convention in Washington, D.C., where the charter was approved and announced.