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The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Pediatric Trainees (SOPT) announced Amelia Mackarey, a member of Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine’s (GCSOM) MD Class of 2020, was elected to the position of District III medical student assistant district representative for 2019.

Medical student assistant district representative is a two-year position, wherein Mackarey will become the medical student district representative for 2020.

Jennifer Kusma, MD, FAAP, SOPT chair wrote in her congratulatory letter, "This is quite an accomplishment and honor for the medical student," as well as a "great reflection" on GCSOM.

Serving as medical student district representative provides a wealth of experience, including networking with AAP leadership, attendance at the AAP National Conference and Exhibition, and the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of medical students, residents and fellowship trainees through the AAP resolution process, Dr. Kusma said. Mackarey will also serve as a resource and a mentor for other trainees at GCSOM. In addition, district representatives also have immediate access to the latest in AAP grants, scholarships and awards, as well as information on career planning and local and national advocacy efforts.

As an SOPT District Officer, Mackarey will attend the AAP National Conference and Exhibition this October in New Orleans.

About Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine (GCSOM) is a member of the Geisinger family. GCSOM offers a community-based model of medical education with campuses in Danville, Lewistown, Scranton, Sayre and Wilkes-Barre. Geisinger Commonwealth offers Doctor of Medicine (MD) and a portfolio of graduate degrees. The school’s innovative curriculum, focused on caring for people in the context of their lives and their community, attracts the next generation of physicians and scientists from within its region, as well as from across the state and the nation. Geisinger Commonwealth is committed to non-discrimination in all employment and educational opportunities. Visit

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