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GSA Committee on Student Affairs (COSA)

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About COSA

The GSA National Committee on Student Affairs (COSA) provides guidance on issues related to student support and services, including personal advising, career advising; the health and well-being of medical students; the ethical and professional development of students; academic support and resources, and the preparation of students for the transition from medical school to residency. The Committee discusses issues of national interest that are brought to its attention by GSA constituents, inclusive of students, and AAMC staff. The Committee may identify projects, where an issue is of national importance and interest. The Committee is advisory to the GSA Steering Committee and, as such, makes regular reports to the Steering Committee and seeks approval of the Steering Committee for special projects.

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COSA Committee Roster

Chair
Hilit Mechaber, MD (November 2017 – November 2020)
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine 

GSA National Chair Elect
Charles Pohl, MD (November 2019 - November 2020) 
Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Thomas Jefferson University
Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Career Counseling & Professor of Pediatrics 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Committee on Student Diversity Affairs (COSDA) Representative
Natalie G. Johnson, MA (November 2019 – November 2022)
Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs 
College of Medicine at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Central Region (CGSA) Representative
Aurora J. Bennett MD (November 2017 – November 2020)
Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Admissions
University of Cincinnati College of Medicine

Northeast Region (NEGSA) Representative
Angela Jackson, MD (November 2018 – November 2021)
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Medicine
Boston University School of Medicine

Southern Region (SGSA) Representative
Angela Peterman Mihalic, MD (November 2019 – November 2020)
Dean of Medical Students and Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Pediatrics 
UT Southwestern Medical School

Western Region (WGSA) Representative
Natalie G. Johnson, MA (November 2019 – November 2022)
Associate Dean for Diversity Affairs 
College of Medicine at the
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Organization of Student Representatives (OSR) Liaison
Adiba Matin (November 2019 - November 2020)
MD Candidate
University of Missouri–Kansas City School of Medicine

AAMC Staff Liason
Irena Tartakovsky, MD, MS
Association of American Medical Colleges

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