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GSA Steering Committee

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About

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.

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

Steering Committee Members

Chair

Charles A. Pohl, MD (November 2020 – November 2021)
Vice Provost for Student Affairs
Vice Dean for Student Affairs and Career Counseling
Professor of Pediatrics 
Sidney Kimmel Medical College at Thomas Jefferson University

Chair-Elect

Kathleen Kashima, PhD (November 2020 – November 2021)
Senior Associate Dean for Students
University of Illinois College of Medicine

Vice-Chair

Hilit Mechaber, MD (November 2020 – November 2021)
Senior Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

Immediate Past Chair

Anita Pokorny, MEd (November 2020 – November 2021)
Assistant Dean of Students
Assistant Professor, Family and Community Medicine
College of Medicine
Office of the Dean and Medical Education
Northeast Ohio Medical University

Previous Past Chair

Wanda Dean Lipscomb, PhD (November 2020 –November 2021) 
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Senior Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Michigan State University College of Human Medicine

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 2021)
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

Damien Jackson, MEd (November 2018 – November 2021)
Assistant Dean for Student Finances
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Yeshiva University

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

Terri Blevins, EdD (April 2020 - April 2021)
Assistant Dean for Student Affairs
University of Illinois College of Medicine Rockford

Northeastern Region (NEGSA) Chair

Katherine Chretien, MD, FACP (April 2020 - April 2021)
Associate Dean for Student Affairs
Professor of Medicine 
George Washington University

Southern Region (SGSA) Chair

Marcia Verduin, MD (April 2020 – April 2021)
Associate Dean, Students, and Professor of Psychiatry
University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Western Region (WGSA) Chair

Teresa A. Vigil, MD  (July 2020 - April 2022)
Professor, Department of Pediatrics 
Assistant Dean of Students, Office of Medical Student Affairs
University of New Mexico School of Medicine

Council of Deans (COD) Liaison

Scott Strome, MD (July 2020 – July 2021)
Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs
University of Tennessee Health Science Center College of Medicine

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

Francie Cuffney, PhD (June 2020 - June 2022)
President-Elect, NAAHP
Professor of Biological Sciences
Department Head, Biology
Meredith 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

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