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  • Affinity Group

    GSA Steering Committee

    The GSA Steering Committee is the executive committee for the Group on Student Affairs and is comprised of the executive leadership, the chairs of the GSA National Committees, the GSA regional chairs, as well as liaisons from the Council of Deans (COD), Organization of Student Representatives (OSR), and National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP). The areas represented by the GSA encompass a wide range of issues, policies, and operational characteristics that require study and deliberation on an ongoing basis. In order to provide a mechanism for the study of issues and problems associated with this full range of complex and diverse issues, the GSA Steering Committee established national committees in the areas of admissions, student affairs, student diversity affairs, student financial assistance, and student records.

    Message from the GSA National Chair

    Dear Colleagues,

    It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your 2021-2022 GSA National Chair to lead the GSA Steering Committee and our community of medical school leaders from admissions, student affairs student diversity, financial aid and records. During recent years we have undergone a particularly transformative period in medical education. Throughout these times, the GSA has been steadfast in effort as a caring and resilient community focusing on the quality of the applicant and student experience from recruitment, retention, graduation, to residency and beyond, while attending to the well-being of our community. All of this would not be possible without contributions from each and every one of you, our over 1900 institutional and individual representatives from AAMC member schools. Thank you!

    With guidance from the AAMC, specifically our AAMC teams in Academic Affairs and Constituent Engagement, much of GSA’s action occurs within our committees (chairs and members, work groups) focusing on such things as, information dissemination, resource development, and guideline creation. These committees, whose chairpersons are listed below, serve an advisory function to the GSA Steering Committee.

    We encourage you to contact and get involved with your regional communities as well as your role-specific national committee. Our progress depends on your involvement and feedback.

    In addition, our GSA Steering Committee is fortunate to have liaisons from the AAMC’s Council of Deans and Organization of Student Representatives, as well as the National Association of Advisors for the Health Profession; they are essential contributors to our deliberations and also named below.

    During my term as chair in 2021-2022, the GSA Steering Committee will focus on the following:

    1. Establishing a strategic communications plan;
    2. Enhancing collaboration and communication with other groups (GEA), organizations (OSR) within the AAMC, and external to AAMC within the medical education community (i.e., NRMP, NBME);
    3. Reviewing GSA’s website, communications, and engagement strategies to align with our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

    In closing, through my 25 years in medical education, I am grateful to the AAMC and GSA community for being my ever-present source for information, consultation, support, inspiration, and friendship. Building on the foundation of prior GSA chairs and leaders, the GSA Steering Committee wants to foster your affiliation with the GSA. We value you and your feedback, and look forward to working together!

    Kathleen Kashima, PhD
    GSA National Chair
    Senior Associate Dean of Students
    University of Illinois College of Medicine

    Steering Committee Members


    Kathleen Kashima, PhD (November 2021 – November 2022)
    Senior Associate Dean for Students
    University of Illinois College of Medicine


    Hilit Mechaber, MD (November 2021 – November 2022)
    Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
    University of Miami Miller School of Medicine


    Marcy Verduin, MD (November 2021 – November 2022)
    Associate Dean for Students and Professor of Psychiatry
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Immediate Past Chair

    Charles A. Pohl, MD (November 2021 – November 2022)
    Vice Provost for Student Affairs
    Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Career Counseling
    Professor of Pediatrics
    Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

    Previous Past Chair

    Anita Pokorny, MEd (November 2021 – November 2022)
    Assistant Dean of Students
    Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
    College of Medicine
    Office of the Dean and Medical Education
    Northeast Ohio Medical University

    Committee on Admissions (COA) Chair

    Lina Mehta, MD (April 2020 – November 2023)
    Associate Dean for Admissions
    Professor of Radiology
    Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

    Committee on Student Affairs (COSA) Chair

    Tara K Cunningham, EdD, MS (November 2020 – November 2023)
    (November 2020 – November 2023)
    Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Chair

    Ann-Gel S. Palermo, MPH, DrPH (November 2018 – November 2022)
    Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion in Biomedical Education
    Associate Professor of Medical Education and Pediatrics
    Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

    Committee on Student Financial Assistance (COSFA) Chair

    Cynthia Gonzalez (November 2021- November 2024)
    Senior Assistant Director FSM MD Financial Aid
    Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

    Committee on Student Records (COSR) Chair

    Alisha Corsi (November 2020 – November 2023)
    Registrar Coordinator
    University of Central Florida College of Medicine

    Central Region (CGSA) Chair

    Alan Erickson, MD (April 2022 – April 2023)
    Asst. Dean of Student Affairs
    University of Nebraska Medical Center

    Northeastern Region (NEGSA) Chair

    Sonia Chimienti, MD, FIDSA (April 2022 – April 2023)
    Senior Associate Dean for Medical Education
    Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine

    Southern Region (SGSA) Chair

    Jennifer Caceres, MD, FACP (April 2022 – April 2023)
    Associate Professor of Medicine
    Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
    Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University

    Western Region (WGSA) Chair

    Richard Amini, MD (April 2022 – April 2023)
    Interim Associate Dean of Student Affairs
    University of Arizona College of Medicine- Tucson

    Council of Deans (COD) Liaison

    Scott Strome, MD
    Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
    University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

    National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions (NAAHP) Liaison

    Rhona Beaton (August 2022 - August 2026)
    President, NAAHP 
    Assistant Director of Health Professions
    Union College

    Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison

    Lior Levy (November 2020 – November 2022)
    MD Candidate
    New York Medical College

    AAMC Staff Liaison

    Irena Tartakovsky, MD, MS
    Director, Constituent Engagement
    Association of American Medical Colleges

    Related Resources

    Please send any questions, suggestions, or requests for meeting minutes and archived agendas to gsa@aamc.org.