Latino Medical Student Association--Northeast

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2015-2016 Policy Chair

Melanie Ortiz


Caguas, Puerto Rico

Undergraduate School:

University of Puerto Rico


Medical School:

Temple University School of Medicine


When did you become involved with LMSA? What encouraged you to become part of LMSA?

I first heard of LMSA as an undergrad, and knew I wanted to join my school’s chapter as soon as I started Medical School. Initially, the mission statement and all that LMSA stood for was enough to get me interested. As minorities, and more specifically as Latinos, we face different circumstances and obstacles, so having a support system that feels like family is invaluable. I also am passionate about getting involved with the local community, and LMSA provides a way to interact with our local Latino population. Learning the issues they face firsthand is the first step in figuring out ways to help solve them.


What do you expect to accomplish this year as Policy Chair?

I intend to consolidate LMSA’s position as an impactful and vital advocacy group in the Northeast, and to facilitate the establishment of official policy positions which reflect the views and values of our organization’s membership.


My main goal this year is to help facilitate an advocacy partnership with NHMA, to consolidate our platforms and strengthen the voices of our organizations during an Advocacy Day event.


Career Goals:

I have an interest in Pediatrics, but I also know I want to be involved in Healthcare on a broader scale. I hope to be able to use my medical training to tackle issues in Public Health, Health Literacy and improving quality of care and patient outcomes. Whether this will be through research, non-profits, academia, or government agencies I am unsure of, but I am looking forward to where my journey takes me.



I love music, and I especially enjoy singing and dancing. I also love movies, and anything and everything Disney.




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