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The WSMA Medical Student Section introduces our future physicians to the WSMA and helps provide resources and guidance that will assist students as they prepare for a career in medicine.

MSS Governing Council

Meet the dedicated medical students from the Medical Student Section Governing Council.

2017-18 Medical Student Section Governing Council

Jessica (Jess) Dawson, Chair
University of Washington, Seattle
Jessica is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle, who has been the WSMA MSS Council chair since the revival of the WSMA MSS Council in early 2017. She serves as a leader in her school as the class president of the University of Washington Seattle Medical Student Association. Jess is excited to work with the WSMA and empower medical students with the ability to write resolutions for WSMA/AMA. Jess’ policy interests include women’s health, access to health care and medicine, especially for individuals who are incarcerated or homeless, health equity, and addressing the effects of systemic racism in health care. Outside of medicine, Jess volunteers as a diver for the Seattle Aquarium. 

Bjorn Payne, Vice Chair
University of Washington, Seattle
Bjorn is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle. He is interested in addiction medicine and health care disparities, particularly as they manifest across categories of race, sexual orientation and gender. He sees organized medicine as an opportunity to serve patients and the community by addressing barriers to good health and quality medical practice at a structural level. 

Andrew Liechty, Delegate
Washington State University, Spokane
Andrew is a first-year medical student at Washington State University. His current medical interests include movement disorders and musculoskeletal conditions. He became interested in policy issues through a variety of experiences that illuminated the need to not only seek out solutions on a personal level, but also look at systemic issues that are having broad effects on society. He is interested in issues related to addiction and social inequity. In his spare time he enjoys climbing and being outdoors in the Pacific Northwest. 

Vera Schulte, Alternate Delegate
University of Washington, Spokane
Vera is the WSMA MSS alternate delegate at the University of Washington in Spokane. She graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in May 2017 with a degree in physics. After a summer of hiking and traveling, she started medical school at the UW Spokane campus last fall. In St. Louis, she developed a passion for health policy and advocacy, an interest which she hopes to pursue during her involvement with the WSMA and AMA.

Enoch Adjei, Alternate Delegate
University of Washington, Seattle
Enoch is a first-year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle. He graduated from Loyola University Chicago where he concentrated in biology and obtained a master's in medical sciences. He is interested in policy and advocacy that will help to serve the overwhelming medicals needs of the underprivileged and underserved.

Katie Bergus, At-large
University of Washington, Seattle
Katie is a second-year medical student at University of Washington in Seattle. She served at the WSMA MSS vice chair and delegate in 2016-17 and serves as the vice president of the University of Washington Medical Student Association. Katie is interested in health care disparities and access to care, particularly for individuals who are incarcerated or homeless.

Katherine (Katie) Strandberg, At-large
University of Washington, Spokane
Katherine (Katie) is originally from the Seattle area and is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington in Spokane. Prior to medical school, Katherine spent time serving as a mental health case manager, working as a nursing assistant and volunteering and learning Spanish in Guatemala. Katherine is passionate about Hispanic health, women’s health and improving access to health care for underserved patients, and plans to serve and advocate for these populations as a primary care provider. Katherine’s free time activities include being outdoors—hiking, running, kayaking and playing soccer.

Nikita Jejurikar, At-large
University of Washington, Seattle
Nikita is a second-year medical student at the University of Washington in Seattle.

Tom Hanna, Liaison from the WSMA Board of Trustees
Pacific Northwest University, Yakima
Tom is a fourth-year medical student at Pacific Northwest University in Yakima.

Matthew Grierson, MD, Liaison from the WSMA AMA Delegation
Physical medicine and rehabilitation, Seattle Spine & Sports Medicine, Seattle
Dr. Grierson is a board-certified physiatrist with subspecialty board certification in sports medicine. Dr. Grierson earned his medical degree from Boston University and completed his residency in physical medicine and rehabilitation at the University of Washington, where he also served as chief resident. Having experienced his fair share of dance-related injuries, Dr. Grierson appreciates the importance of finding a physician who understands the functional impact of an injury. He is medical director of the Clinic for Performing Artists (CoPA) at Seattle Spine and Sports Medicine and is committed to helping all patients across the spectrum of age, ability, and function. Outside of work, Dr. Grierson assists in shaping healthcare policy through his work with the WSMA and the American Medical Association. He co-founded a local non-profit (SeaPAM) that provides treatment to local performing artists who otherwise would not have access to care. When he has time, he loves spending time hiking or skiing in the mountains or baking decadent desserts in the kitchen.

WSMA staff

Milana McLead, senior director of strategic communications and growth, milana@wsma.org
Alison Ippolito, associate director of membership, alison@wsma.org

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