Nida Degesys is a graduate from the Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED). Previously, she graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ohio University and completed post-baccalaureate work in pre-medical studies at Cleveland State University. She served as an economic development and health volunteer in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama helping a women’s cooperative gain sustainability and teaching children oral hygiene and nutrition.
Prior to her previous positions as AMSA National President, National Vice President for Internal Affairs and National Secretary, Nida was AMSA’s Chair of the Medical Education Action Committee and coordinated AMSA Academy’s Teaching Tomorrow’s Teachers Today, a medical education leadership institute in Washington, D.C. In 2009-2010 she was Education Coordinator for the committee on the culture of medicine. She was also the 2009 AMSA medical education research winner with her research on team based learning in the basic sciences and has presented her research on topics ranging from patient safety, students’ attitudes towards disabilities, dental equipment, to educational pedagogy both nationally and internationally.
Nida was also very active on her campus. She was appointed by the Governor of Ohio to serve as a Trustee on the NEOMED Board of Trustees, she was the president of the Palliative Care Interest Group and Vice-President of the Geriatric Interest Group at NEOUCOM. Between her M1 and M2 year she completed an eight-week research program in geriatric oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Nida enjoys spending time with her husband, David (a law professor), her 2 pugs, reading, traveling, and practicing yoga and Zumba.
Featured in the media:
- FDA Panel Recommends Two New Antibiotics (Wall Street Journal, 3/31/14)
- $1 trillion student loan debt widens US wealth gap (Associated Press, 3/27/14)
- AHIMA's Perspective, "Study: EHR beliefs tied to gender, personality" (MultiBrief, 2/3/14)
- Should medical school be shortened to three years? Some programs try fast tracking (Washington Post, 1/13/14)
- Medical School Applications and Enrollments Hit Record High This Year (The Chronicle for Higher Education, 10/24/13)
- How Increasing Medical School Enrollment Affects MD Hopefuls (U.S. News & World Report, 6/27/13)
- Medical students graduating this year face average loan debts in excess of $162,000 (Scripps Howard News Service, 2/17/13)
- Longtime culture of mistreating students persists at med schools (American Medical News, 8/13/12)