February 11, 2014 8:45 AM
Justin Halls, a third-year student in the Tulane University School of Medicine, will represent medical students from across the country as chair-elect of the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Organization of Student Representatives. Halls is the first Tulane student to be elected to the prestigious position.
While campaigning for the post, Halls highlighted his passion for medical education and diversity among medical students. Prior to entering the Tulane medical school, Halls worked as a teacher and co-founder of New Orleans Charter Science and Math Academy.
Because of that experience, he had insight into the barriers that minority students face upon entering college. After helping these students pursue a college education, he wanted to assist them further.
“I want to help underrepresented minority students enter medical school,” says Halls. “One of the main reasons that I wanted to be involved in the AAMC was to brainstorm ways to support a pipeline program that could be implemented at medical schools across the country.”
Halls’ colleagues responded to his passion for expanding access to medical education by voting him into the chair-elect position.
He serves as one of 12 members of the governing board for the national student organization. In the coming year, Halls will serve as a representative on various groups and panels and organize the 2014 national meeting. He also will act as a facilitator for the student constituents and serve as a liaison to the various groups within the AAMC and medical community.
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