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Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) chapter of the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) recently participated in LMSA’s Policy Summit held in October in Washington, D.C.

Second-year medical students Jasmine Santos and Andres Rodriguez are co-presidents of GCSOM’s chapter. Third-year student, Yoseph Aldras, who served as president in his second year, is now external liaison for LMSA’s national Policy Committee. In that position, he helped plan the summit, developed promotional materials, worked with invited speakers and reviewed policy resolutions drafted by attendees at the three-day event.

As a group, the GCSOM delegation – the largest to attend the summit in GCSOM’s history --visited Congressional leaders representing states and districts in which the students reside, including U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (Pa.); U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi (California); U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (California); U.S. Sen. Gary Peters (Michigan); and U.S Rep. Diana DeGette (Colorado).

The goal of the summit was to provide students with tools to become involved in health policy processes to address and improve health disparities facing the Latino community. In addition to visiting the offices of Congressional leaders, LMSA members participated in seminars at the headquarters of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and learned about policy issues specifically impacting the Latino community, especially in regard to health disparities. On the final day of the summit, the students held a House of Delegates meeting during which they were encouraged to submit draft resolutions to be reviewed for placement on the official platform of the student group.

LMSA chapters are based at medical schools throughout the nation and are meant to unite and empower medical students through service, mentorship and education to advocate for the health of the Latino community.


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Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Policy Summit 2018
GCSOM students seen at the Latino Medical Student Association (LMSA) Policy Summit in Washington, D.C. included, from left, front row: Tiffany Garcia, a first-year medical student; Yoseph Aldras, a third-year medical student and external liaison for LMSA’s national Policy Committee; and Andres Rodriguez, a second-year medical student and co-president of GCSOM’s chapter of LMSA. Back row, from left: Meghan Loser (in red sweater), a second-year medical student; Angelica De Freitas, a first-year student; Erik Gamarra, a first-year student; and John Piserchio, a first-year student.
Yoseph Aldras, MD Class of 2020
Yoseph Aldras, MD Class of 2020
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