ATMS Fall 2013 Statements

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ATMS Fall 2013 Statements

Nate Ameri

I am running for ATMS because I would love the opportunity to be the person any of you all can come to with any sort of problem. I will try to keep this short and sweet. I consider myself to have a good sense of people and their emotions. I enjoy helping people resolve their problems and consider myself to be a great listener. I have a good amount of experience with depression and psychological distress. This comes from my academic background, I was a psychology major, and my personal background. My life has been closely touched by depression and psychological ailments. In middle school two of my close friends took their own lives. I made a promise to myself to be there for anyone struggling with psychological distress from that day forward. I started my own version of a hotline in middle school for anyone to call that was facing depression or considering taking his or her own life. I am happy to say I was able to help a lot of troubled people even at that age. I have dealt with the struggle of depression myself and believe that my experience only motivates me further to help anyone seeking advice or just someone to talk to. The next four years will be tough on us all. I intend to be there for you as an ATMS officer or as a peer you can always talk to about anything.

Thank you,

Andrew “Nate” Ameri

Claire DeBolt

As someone that practices a variety of healthy techniques to cope with and reduce stress, I am well equipped to share these techniques and help VMED students manage different stressors. I am very supportive, compassionate, and dedicated- all of which could help classmates when facing difficult times.  I loved meeting everyone in our class and I would love to serve and support VMED in this way!

Lisa Edwards

Gloria Koskey

Happy 13th week into medical school SMD17! I don't mean to pry but I have to ask, how are you feeling? More confident with two systems under your belt? If so, great! But maybe you're like me and are feeling a bit overwhelmed about all the new information that is headed our way. Or uncertain as to how you're still a functional human being considering the amount of sleep debt you've accrued. Or perhaps you are feeling hopeful that maybe this system your social life, school life, and personal life are going to align themselves perfectly. These thoughts are constantly floating in my head and if you're feeling similarly, I'd love to talk about them with you. Let's face it, medical school can be rough. Throw family issues, personal relationship problems, and other life-conflicts to the mix and sometimes life can be nothing but stress. I'm here to listen. As your ATMS rep, it would be a privilege to listen, explore feelings, help sort out issues and uncertainties, or just talk. I want to be your ATMS rep to help support our class through personal conversation.

Juliana Porter

I would love to be an ATMS rep and have the opportunity to contribute to students’ lives outside the classroom. School can be tough and sometimes life just happens, and I want to be able to be there to both help and learn from the experiences of others. I have had the opportunity to support friends through some tough situations in the past and am told that I can talk to people well. As a member of a sports team through college, I also have experience working together with and encouraging teammates toward a common goal. Med school is our common goal, and I would be humbled to be able to provide classmates with a listening ear or a point in the right direction during challenging times. I’m excited for the chance to plan events for us all to enjoy and decompress as well! Taking breaks is important, and free barbecue is good for the soul. Thanks!

Antonia Pusso

Hi class of 2017! I would be honored serve as one of your ATMS representatives. Honestly, I have wanted to run for this position since first hearing about ATMS during orientation. Though I may be one of the quieter members of our class, I would love to be involved in making our time in medical school as happy and healthy as possible. I enjoy creating and organizing events that foster relationships, and I have a significant amount of experience doing this. I started a volunteer organization that focused on creating relationships between pre-medical student and homeless shelter residents through the framework of medical education. I was also the president of the pre-medical chapter of AMSA at the NIH where I organized and oversaw many events for pre-medical students.

In addition, I have always been someone who friends and family feel comfortable coming to with problems and concerns. Through my personal and professional experiences I've become familiar with psychological services and the stigma surrounding psychological illness. I strongly believe in the importance of talking about psychological illnesses and support open discussions of any worries or problems. Throughout medical school, stresses will come, go, and then return again. I would love to be one of the people you all can come talk to during those difficult moments and work with you all to stay healthy and happy.


Emily Richardson

We are 12 weeks in to an exciting and emotional journey, and it’s amazing how much we have already learned! However, stress during medical school can be like a pressure-cooker, and any imbalance in mental health can quickly become a problem. My older sister had a very hard time dealing with the stresses of medical school, so mental health and stress was one of my biggest concerns.  Now is the time to establish self-awareness and healthy practices to support ourselves emotionally and mentally through our careers.

As an ATM rep I would like to bring all aspects of our journey to the conversation. Finding that others are experiencing similar stress, fear, or anxiety can be incredibly comforting. Sharing these feelings doesn't diminish our happiness to be here, or our accomplishments.

I’d like to get feedback through polls, surveys, and talking to the class about the programming that would be most useful. For instance, I know I’m not the only person who cried while reading some of the “End of Life” reading materials. But I wondered, how might one handle these emotions on the wards? What is a normal reaction to thinking about death and dying, and when might one need to ask for help?  One program I’d like to put together would allow us to share, discuss, and address some of these feelings.

As an ATM representative, I would find and share the resources that are most helpful for our class, in addition to providing stress-relief and (of course) delicious free food. But most importantly I would try my best to serve as a trusted, confidential source for anyone experiencing a crisis, or who was concerned about themselves or someone else. And while I would be honored to be chosen as a trusted source, it is ultimately up to you, the class, to choose who can best serve you!