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Medical Student Subcommittees

Medical Student Subcommittees

Medical students were first offered Academy membership in the early 2000s, and their roles and benefits within the AAP continue to evolve.

In December 2007, the first group of medical students were selected to become members of the Medical Student Subcommittee (MSSC). This was the first time that medical students would have leadership representation within the AAP's Section on Medical Students, Residents, and Fellowship Trainees (SOMSRFT). Since then, this outstanding group of medical students selected from across the nation have worked to develop resources for both medical students and Pediatric Interest Groups.

In the fall of 2013, the MSSC aligned its structure with the resident/fellow leadership by appointing a medical student from each district to serve as the MSSC District Representative (DR) on the subcommittee. In 2014, the MSSC added the role of the MSSC Assistant District Representative (ADR) so that each district would have two medical student representatives, allowing an additional leadership opportunity to be open in each district annually. MSSC members would serve two-year terms: one year as ADR, and the subsequent year as DR.       

Below you will find the names and contact information of the AAP SOMSRFT MSSC members who are currently serving one- to two-year terms on the committee. Please contact your district representative if you have questions, concerns, or would like to become more involved at your institution, local AAP chapter, or nationally in the AAP.

Click here for the Medical Student Subcommittee position description. The new Assistant District Representative positions will serve in the same role, assisting the District Representative in day-to-day duties and initiatives within the district.

The 2015 Medical Student Subcommittee application can be found here . We are seeking Medical Student Subcommittee Assistant District Representatives members for all Districts (I-X), and a Medical Student Subcommittee District Representative for District VIII. The deadline for application is November 1st, 2014. Please contact your current District Representative with questions.

MSSC District Representatives


District I - Nan Du
Term: 1/1/14-12/31/15
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University


District II - Chirag Parikh 
Term: 1/1/14-12/31/15
New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine


District III - Ali Mols
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/15
West Virginia University School of Medicine


District IV - Rob Sellers
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/15
University of North Carolina School of Medicine



District V - Jennifer Kusma
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/15
Ohio State University College of Medicine



District VI - Puja Umaretiya
Term: 1/1/13-12/31/15
Mayo Medical School



District VII - Beverly Patuwo 
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/15
Baylor College of Medicine



District VIII - Kate Rooney-Otero MD
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/14
University of New Mexico School of Medicine



District IX - Christine Thang 
Term: 1/1/13-12/31/15
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

District X - Shannon Brockman 
Term: 1/1/13-12/31/15
University of Florida College of Medicine


International Student Liaison - Srikruthi Kakulavarapu
Term: 8/1/14-12/31/15
University of Sint Eustatius School of Medicine



Newsletter Editor - Kristin Schwarz MD
Term: 1/1/13-12/31/14
Boston Combined Residency Program (BCRP) in Pediatrics


Chair - Christian Pulcini, MD, MEd, MPH 
Term: 1/1/14 – 12/31/2015
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC



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