2014-2015 ASA Medical Student Component Governing Council
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Stephen Shumpert, Chair
Stephen Shumpert is a medical student at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW), class of 2016. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science from Brigham Young University in 2011. His early interest in anesthesiology has fostered many opportunities including serving as Co-President of MCW’s Anesthesiology Interest Group, MCW delegate to the ASA, and participant in MCW’s Anesthesiology Resident Assistant Program. Engaging in a FAER and NHLBI sponsored research project investigating the cardioprotective effects of Intralipid™, which he presented at the Anesthesiology 2013 FAER Symposium, introduced him to the ASA Medical Student Component.
As Chair, Stephen is excited to work closely with all of the Medical Student Component Governing Council members to provide an active voice for medical student interests. He has a particular interest in legislative issues affecting anesthesiology as a specialty and medicine as a whole. He aims to recruit talented medical students into the specialty by emphasizing the comprehensive role anesthesiologists play as highlighted by the Perioperative Surgical Home model.
David Kyle Robinson, Chair-Eect
Kyle Robinson is a medical student at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), class of 2017. He earned his B.S. degree in Bioengineering from Oregon State University in 2012. Throughout medical school, he has been drawn towards the people, coursework and clinical implications of anesthesia. It has provided him with a drive in the classroom and guided him towards early clinical exposure working with a local anesthesiologist and mentor. Discovering his own excitement for anesthesiology has motivated him to connect with other anesthesiology enthusiasts by serving as Co-President of the Anesthesiology Interest Group at OHSU, Delegate to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA) and now, Chair-Elect of the ASA Medical Student Component (MSC).
One of his goals while serving as Chair-Elect is to see the completion of the guidebook to anesthesiology rotations and residency applications as a resource for all ASA MSC members. He also wants to ensure that individual and university successes within Anesthesiology Interest Groups are recognized and shared among the MSC to motivate chapters across the country and promote camaraderie within the organization. Kyle would like to provide more framework and direction to delegates to give medical students better perspective and understanding of the various roles and opportunities available in the field of anesthesiology. He believes this can be accomplished through expanded communication that allows medical students to be heard and the goals and mission of ASA to be realized.
Kyle is married to his wife, Ashley, who is a high school teacher. Together they have son, Kruse, who keeps them on the go. In his spare time, Kyle enjoys running and long-distance backpacking.
Brittany Young, Secretary
Brittany Young is a third year medical student at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston Salem, NC. She obtained her BA from Duke University in 2009, majoring in Sociology and double minoring in Chemistry and Spanish. After graduation, she decided to teach 8th grade Physical Science and 10th grade Honors Chemistry in underserved communities as a Teach For America Corp Member for 3 years. While in medical school, Brittany has been committed to several leadership roles from the Triage Floor Manager at the free student run clinic to the volunteer coordinator for her class Student Government Association. She also served as a liaison for premedical undergraduate chapters by equipping students with knowledge to successfully navigate the medical school application process. She continues to be actively involved in community service. Brittany serves as a Spanish interpreter at the annual Share the Health Fair hosted by WFSOM for patients in the community without healthcare. She also volunteers at the annual Sickle Cell Christmas Party and Premedical Conference through the Student National Medical Association.
Her interest in anesthesiology began prior to coming to medical school and continues to be solidified as she interacts with physicians in the field and at national conferences. Brittany had the opportunity to learn more about anesthesiology by participating in research focusing on the effect of Remote Ischemic Preconditioning on pain pathways. She also presented a Medically Challenging Case at the ASA 2014 Annual Meeting and served as the alternate delegate for Wake Forest. Brittany’s goal as Secretary of the ASA Medical Student Governing Council is to ensure that students across the nation who are interested in anesthesiology as a specialty are fully informed of the opportunities for research, collaboration, and networking within the field.
Andre Pinesett, Senior Advisor
Andre Pinesett is a medical student at Stanford University School of Medicine, class of 2015. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and a Management minor. During this time, he founded a successful tutoring company. He then attended the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving a Masters in Public Health with a focus in Health Services Management. After which, he spent some time working as project manager for a healthcare consulting firm. While in medical school, Andre has served as Stanford Anesthesia Interest Group Co-Leader and student representative for the Stanford Committee on Curriculum and Academic Policy. During his time at Stanford, he has been involved in multiple research projects examining perioperative myocardial infarction risk prediction and presented his work at the 2013 ASA conference. Andre’s passion for Anesthesia began his junior year of high school when he shadowed an Anesthesiologist for a year. Andre is interested in pain management and regional anesthesia.
As Senior Advisor, Andre would like to push for early medical student exposure to Anesthesia, work to pool resources from different medical schools to more effectively promote Anesthesia, and to highlight the diversity and wide scope of Anesthesia practices available.
John William Crowley, Member-at-Large
John Crowley is a medical student at the Des Moines University College of Medicine, class of 2017. Originally he received his B.A. in Spanish from Northern Arizona University and then went on to complete an M.B.A. from Brigham Young University. After working in the business world for more than a decade, John returned to school and earned a B.S. in Nursing from Northern Arizona University. Upon completion of his nursing degree he worked as a Registered Nurse in a level 1 trauma center adult ICU as well as an outpatient nephrology vascular surgery center.
John’s interest in anesthesiology has developed through both his exposure while working as a Registered Nurse, as well as through multiple shadowing experiences with anesthesiologists in a variety of settings. He is drawn to the complexity and challenge that is inherent to the profession and loves the variety of work that is possible in very few other disciplines in medicine.
As the Member-At-Large, John is committed to working closely with the other members of the MSC Governing Council to increase student involvement within the ASA, develop a better system for communication between the various individual anesthesia interest groups, and raise awareness of the value of physician lead Anesthesiology in today’s changing health care environment. In addition, John would like to help all medical students who are interested in anesthesia the best chance of matching to the residency program of their choice.
Ryan Budwany, AMA Delegate
Ryan Budwany is a fourth year medical student attending Mercer University School of Medicine and has a B.S. in Neuroscience from Emory University. His graduate work at the Dartmouth College Geisel School of Medicine in Quality Improvement and Patient Safety naturally complements the quality and data driven field of anesthesiology. Ryan's interest in anesthesiology blossomed early during his medical school training to which he credits his exceptional mentors in the field with nurturing that interest and providing him the opportunities to further immerse himself in specialty through research and shadowing as well as through exploring the unique role of anesthesiologists in palliative medicine, compassionate extubation, and organ donation. His personal interests are in using the tools of anesthesiology to improve the quality-of-life for patients in palliative care. His current research at Johns Hopkins explores the role of perioperative palliative care as a component of the "Perioperative Surgical Home."
As a member of the ASA Governing Council, he has been actively involved in the American Medical Association by building awareness about the importance of physician led anesthesiology care as well as representing anesthesiology at national conferences. He attended the AMA and the ASA Legislative Conferences in Washington D.C. where advocated for patient safety and the importance for physician leadership in providing quality anesthesiology care. He has been actively involved in organized medicine throughout his graduate school career and by using this national platform, he aspires to encourage student involvement in patient advocacy and wishes to further ongoing efforts to gain MSC member input on AMA policy and to work with other members of our Governing Council to help grow the MSC.
Christopher Li, AMA Alternate Delegate
Christopher Li is a second-year medical student at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine (VTCSOM). He received his B.S degree from Duke University in 2011, a Graduation with Distinction in Neuroscience. Originally invested in applying to a PhD program, Chris was brought to the field of clinical medicine in his senior year by an anesthesiologist and mentor at Duke, Dr. Steven Melton. He left Duke for the National Institute of Mental Health, where he worked under Dr. Daniel Weinberger within the Genes, Cognition, and Psychosis Program on a fMRI genetics drug study assessing working memory and choice inhibition within a schizophrenic population.
Currently in Roanoke, Chris has been active in establishing the Anesthesia Interest Group as a new student club at VTCSOM, and with local anesthesiologists, aiding in holding an Anesthesia Workshop that allows students to learn and practice procedural skills such as epidurals, central line placement, and ultrasound-guided nerve blocks. He has also jumped into the AMA Medical Student Section (MSS), having recently been elected Chair of Region 6 for the AMA-MSS, working closely with his governing council to optimize recruitment, community service, and legislative advocacy in a region comprising much of the mid-Atlantic coast. Using these connections to the AMA, Chris hopes to be a strong voice for the medical student component of the ASA, improving communication between the ASA and AMA that leads to educated policy decisions.
Joshua McAnulty, Alternate
Josh McAnulty is a third year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College (SKMC) at Thomas Jefferson University. He obtained his B.S. with high distinction from The Pennsylvania State University majoring in Life Science, minoring in Kinesiology, and honoring in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. At SKMC, he leads an anesthesia interest group which holds lectures and clinical skills sessions to get medical students excited about a career in Anesthesiology. Also, he has conducted research in the Anesthesiology department examining the effects of perioperative blood glucose levels and presented his work at the 2013 ASA conference.
Growing up in a family with several anesthetists, Josh’s interest in anesthesia began at an early age. His desire to pursue a career in Anesthesiology has evolved and become solidified with subsequent research and clinical experience. Through his work at SKMC, Josh has noticed many medical students have limited knowledge of Anesthesiology or have misperceptions about the field and its future. As an Alternate to the ASA Medical Student Governing Council, Josh’s goal is create ways to provide earlier anesthesia exposure and education to medical students in hope that more will come to share his passion for Anesthesiology.