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Local George Washington U. student honored by American Medical Student Association

The American Medical Student Association (AMSA), the oldest and largest independent organization of physicians-intraining in the United States, presented the 2014 James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence to Rachel Glassford of Plymouth. Glassford, a graduate student at the Milken Institute School of Public Health at George Washington University, Sterling, Va., was honored in front of her peers at the 2014 AMSA Annual Convention & Exposition in New Orleans.

The James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence is named in honor of an exemplary former AMSA national president and AMSA Foundation president. Each year, AMSA leaders are chosen due to their exemplary achievement in leadership and ability to foster the development of inspiring physician leaders.

“Rachel is a rising leader in the healthcare community,” says AMSA National President Dr. Nida Degesys. “She has committed herself to education and advancing AMSA’s aspirations. I am honored to recognize her achievements by presenting her with the James Slayton National Award for Leadership Excellence.”

Glassford is pursuing a Master of Public Health with an emphasis on prevention and community health, particularly health programming development, implementation, and evaluation. She completed her undergraduate education at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry. She currently serves as AMSA’s premedical trustee but on May 1, 2014, she will become AMSA’s Education and Research Fellow.

Rachel is active on the Milken Institute School of Public Health campus. As an undergraduate, she engaged in community health outreach programs for three years. She continued following this passion as a graduate student, serving on an interdisciplinary team to provide community health education to high school students in Southeast D.C.

About the American Medical Student Association: AMSA is the oldest and largest independent association of physiciansin training in the United States. Founded in 1950, AMSA is a student governed, nonprofit organization committed to representing the concerns of more than 40,000 physicians-in-training. To learn more about AMSA, its strategic priorities, or joining the organization, visit

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