Reshma Ramachandran is a rising fourth year medical student at the Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University. Originally from Miami, FL, she migrated up north to attend Brown University where she received a Sc.B. with Honors in Physics. During her undergraduate years, she was involved in research in both biological physics as well as in public health working abroad in Cape Town, South Africa on a project entitled, The Feasibility of Implementing a Sexual Risk Reduction Intervention in Routine Clinical Practice at an ARV Clinic in Cape Town: Results of a Pilot Study.
Reshma first became involved in AMSA as an intern working on topics in patient safety and quality improvement. Throughout medical school, she continued to pursue her interests both in AMSA and these fields serving as an AMSA Chapter President and member of the PharmFree Steering Committee, founding an Institute for Healthcare Improvement Open School chapter at the medical school and coordinating two national American College of Medical Quality conferences at Brown. She also interned at the World Health Organization’s Patient Safety Programme as a Duke Global Health Fellow working on the Checklist Project, focusing specifically on the Trauma Care Checklist.
Beginning in June, she will be taking time off from medical school to start as the American Medical Students Association’s PharmFree Fellow. The fellow provides leadership support to the steering committee on issues such as industry conflict of interest in medical education, access to essential medicines, and open access to research. The following year, she will be pursuing a Masters in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School.
The PharmFree Fellow position is made possible by a grant from the state Attorney General Consumer and Prescriber Education Grant Program, which is funded by the multi-state settlement of consumer fraud claims regarding the marketing of the prescription drug Neurontin.
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